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New York Red Bulls 2012 Salaries: Thierry Henry Is Now MLS' Highest Paid Player

The MLS Players Union released the data on MLS player salaries on Friday and we found out that New York Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry is now the highest paid player in MLS. Henry surpassed David Beckham of the LA Galaxy, who apparently took a $2.5 million pay cut to stay with the Galaxy. Henry, who is making $5.6 million, technically took a pay cut as well (of four cents). Rafa Marquez at $4.6 million also passed Beckham, who will make $4 million in 2012.

Here's what the Red Bulls team is making in 2012 in base and guaranteed salary:

Player Name Base Salary ($) Guaranteed Compensation ($)
Jose Angulo 33,750.00 33,750.00
Johnny Arteaga 44,000.00 44,000.00
Mehdi Ballouchy 138,188.00 138,188.00
Brandon Barklage 44,000.00 45,566.67
Jonathan Borrajo 44,000.00 44,000.00
Wilman Conde 125,000.00 141,666.67
Kenny Cooper 275,000.00 292,500.00
Thierry Henry 5,000,000.00 5,600,000.00
Corey Hertzog 75,000.00 103,500.00
Markus Holgersson 190,000.00 190,000.00
Stephen Keel 65,000.00 65,000.00
Connor Lade 33,750.00 33,750.00
Joel Lindpere 175,000.00 195,000.00
Ryan Maduro 44,000.04 44,000.04
Rafael Marquez 4,600,000.00 4,600,000.00
Dax McCarty 174,375.00 194,375.00
Ryan Meara 33,750.00 33,750.00
Roy Miller 112,495.50 112,495.50
Victor Palsson 80,000.00 95,000.00
Heath Pearce 292,499.00 301,999.00
Dane Richards 170,000.00 181,500.00
Tyler Ruthven 33,750.00 33,750.00
Jan Gunnar Solli 185,000.00 185,000.00
Teemu Tainio 200,000.00 205,000.00
Jeremy Vuolo 44,000.00 44,000.00

For the way Ryan Meara has played in net this season, he's an insane bargain for the Red Bulls and costs less than his backup Jeremy Vuolo. The same could be said for forward Kenny Cooper who is tied for the MLS goal lead with 11 tallies. If you are wondering how much former Red Bull Juan Agudelo is set to make this season, it's only $100,000.

For more on the Red Bulls 2012 season, stay tuned to our StoryStream. See SB Nation's Once A Metro for more discussion of the Red Bulls.