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Some MLS clubs spend big bucks for recent acquisitions.

By Robert Wagman
SoccerTimes

(Friday, August 2, 2012) -- Several Major League Soccer clubs have spent liberally during the just completed transfer window in an attempt to bolster their rosters as the MLS season progresses toward the playoffs.

The biggest spenders were two of the league's Canadian clubs, the Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps, as well as the New York Red Bulls.

The MLS salary figures released as part of the league's collective bargaining agreement with the players. Figures are for salaries only. They do not include any transfer payments that may have been made to acquire the players.

The listings also do not include some late signing of midfielder Tim Cahill by the Red Bulls. Cahill will reportedly be paid $3.5 million per year for a contract that runs three-and-one-half seasons.

Chicago Fire - $717, 958
Arne Friedrich, defender - $230,833
Sherjill McDonald, forward -$487,125

Columbus Crew - $225,375
Jairo Arrieta, forward - $225,375

Houston Dynamo - $151,250
Oscar Boniek Garcia, defender-midfielder - $151,250

Montreal Impact - $2,162,508
Marco DiVaio, forward - $1,937,508
Alessandro Nesta, defender - $225,000

New England Revolution - $120,000
Jerry Bengtson, forward - $120,000

Philadelphia Union - $280,000
Bakary Soumare, defender - $280,000

Vancouver Whitecaps - $1,835,815
Barry Robson, midfielder - $596,499
Kenny Miller, forward - $1,239,316


Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correpondent.

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