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Probably not. However, the cabal of tight-pursed MLS team owners, led by Robert Kraft, blocked a potentially decent salary cap raise. According to David J. Warner at AOL Sports, the league was poised to raise the cap much more than the $200,000 bump it got. The new cap will be $2.3 million, excluding LA Galaxy of course. Well, they'll follow it until they get permission to break it.
Kraft was particularly called out in the article, citing his NFL team's salary :
"Let's start with Robert Kraft, a billionaire who owns both the New England Patriots and New England Revolution and pays Tom Brady two and a half times what he pays the entire Revolution roster. "
That's actually not a very valid point when considering the way Kraft used to pay his Patriots players before this season. He was quite stingy compared to teams like the Redskins or the Cowboys and will continue that philosophy in the future. So, compared to other NFL owners, he is rather cheap.
The problem is, even non-squad NFL players earn a great wage. There is a distortion when you compare the top tier American players and their designated player counterparts. Going even further down the pecking order, MLS journeymen make around $100,000 a season when they could be making three times as much in places like Norway or the second tier league in England.
The article addresses a potential labor dispute looming in 2009, when the current agreement expires:
"Major League Soccer is setting itself up for a massive labor dispute -- one in which its players might decide to head for Europe en masse, without the approval of their bosses, much like locked out NHL players did in 2004. If that happens, it could force FIFA to get involved. Do these billionaire cheapskates really want let Sepp Blatter, already one of the least popular FIFA bosses in recent memory, to have a legal and binding impact on their fledgling business"
I have to disagree with that assessment. The pay scale for reserve and development players is absurdy low. However, so is the pay for most minor league players in baseball. The league could easily reclassify such players to avoid any legal recourse from the union. Also, the collective "mainstream" American sports community would laugh it's butt off during a MLS player strike. Then again, so would I.
MLS owners should have raised the cap to at least $2.5 million to get pay more competitive with foreign leagues. With the added exposure MLS got with Beckham's arrival, comes more interest in players from richer leagues. To keep our players, they need to be paid more. Period.