Orlando City SC has seen a lot of roster change this past offseason. However, the team is currently sitting in a healthy fifth place, a playoff spot, with 21 points in 14 matches. Orlando City SC has been relying on a few designated players, but managed to keep their roster relatively on the cheaper side, sitting toward the bottom of the spending chart.
Orlando City’s roster accumulates a total of $11.5m – just one million more than the lowest spending team in the league, Real Salt Lake.
Orlando City, of course, could move up on the list with a splash signing or two in this window. The Lions are a team that primarily targets prospects in South or Latin America. After the MLS Players Association released this list, the club signed goalkeeper Mason Stajduhar to a contract extension through 2025 with a club option for 2026.
A team that is currently still in the hunt for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – they’ll face Nashville SC at Exploria Stadium on Wednesday, June 29 – Orlando City has had a few rough seasons before finding success. In 2020, the team qualified for the first time ever for the playoffs, making it to the quarterfinals. Last year, Orlando City also returned to the playoffs, but were knocked out in the first round.
Orlando City are spending $11.5m on player salaries in 2022
Still, the improvement is there for Orlando City, and it’s a young squad under head coach Óscar Pareja, who has been with the club since 2020.
Currently on the roster, Orlando has three Designated Players, but only two players are making more than one million this year. Ercan Kara is the highest-paid Orlando City player, earning $1.86m, while Mauricio Pereyra isn’t far behind with $1.34m. Meanwhile, the third Designated Player, Facundo Torres, is making slightly less, coming in at $953,200 in guaranteed compensation.
Orlando City currently has six Homegrown players, while they also boast one Generation Adidas player.
Take a look at how Orlando City SC is paying their team and who is raking in the most money.
Pedro Gallese -- $515,000
Adam Grinwis -- $85,444
Mason Stajduhar (HG) -- $89,716
Antonio Carlos -- $925,000
Joseph DeZart -- $89,716
Alex Freeman (HG) -- $69,500
Michael Halliday (HG) -- $99,447
Robin Jansson -- $581,250
João Moutinho (GA) -- $263,000
Rodrigo Schlegel -- $200,000
Kyle Smith -- $141,244
Ruan Teixeira -- $360,000
Thomas Williams (HG) -- $73,254
César Araújo -- $261,000
Antonio De Almeida Junior -- $780,000
Sebastián Méndez -- $636,750
Mauricio Pereyra -- $1,348,000
Andrés Perea -- $248,500
Matheus Aias -- $267,500
Tesho Akindele -- $340,000
Alexander Alvarado -- $318,240
Ercan Kara (DP) -- $1,860,000
Jack Lynn -- $65,500
Benji Michel (HG) -- $121,303
Alexandre Pato -- $400,000
Wilfredo Rivera (HG) -- $66,724
Facundo Torres (DP) -- $953,200
Silvester van der Water -- $349,750