The Major League Soccer salary cap is $2,810,000 not counting the extra salaries of designated players and Real Salt Lake is in a bad situation. Their loss in the MLS playoffs signified the end of an era as a team shake up was in the future. The opening of the MLS trade window on Monday will allow the team to start dumping salary and it looks like general manager Garth Lagerwey is already dealing. Ives Galarcep broke the news earlier today.
It was no doubt that Salt Lake would be one of the most active teams in the MLS this offseason, especially unloading players. They are set to send centerback Jamison Olave and forward Fabian Espindola to the New York Red Bulls. A promising midfielder Will Johnson looks to be on his way to the Portland Timbers. Salt Lake will get allocation money in return. Schuler and Luis Gil should take over starting roles with the moves, but there are more to come for Salt Lake. Kwame Watson-Siriboe and Sebastián Velásquez could also play more of a role next year, thanks in part to their cap friendly salaries.
Lagerwey was asked to address his teams concerns about a month ago by MLSsoccer.com, but tried to put the emphasis on his team’s playoff run. Still he knew there were issues to address.
At the end of the season, if you haven’t won the championship then you’ve, on some level, not been completely successful. Then you’ve got to make some tough choices under the salary cap to prioritize where you want to spend your money.
The move may also signal the end of the Kenny Cooper era in New York. He was emotional when his team bowed out of the MLS playoffs and one may wonder if he knew that was his last match for the Red Bulls.
Seattle is among the other MLS clubs with intriguing cap concerns. Meanwhile, the front office changes in Toronto has some calling for a change of the guard with their designated players. The changes are sure to be interesting for many of the MLS teams as the offseason begins.