Teams can sign 0 to 3 DPs. The less you spend on DPs, the more you spend building your team with good signings. Salaries are very low for non-designated players, average $103,000 (median $75,000, high $600,000) but motivation is very high. These guys are fighting to play professional soccer for a living. For some, it's an audition for European Leagues. For others, like Latin Americans and Africans, it's living in United States and playing professional soccer.
Motivation is high.
Robbie Keane has overtaken Thierry Henry as the player with the highest base salary in the league ($4 million to Henry's $3.75 million).
Taking Designated Players out of the equation, the average player will make $102,661.81 in 2012. In an increase from last year, 62 players will make the minimum $35,125 (43 did last year). That minimum number is up from $33,750 last year, signifying a 4 percent increase.
Chicago has 2 DPs right now and they are awful!
Our highest paid at $400,000 is a Dutch striker and is on the bench. The other, Uruguayan, is loaned out to Qatar.