By Sam Kamin-Oncea/The Washington Post D.C. United have been a hot commodity on the transfer market in the last two offseasons, with the league’s marquee signing, midfielder Gyasi Zardes, signing an extension last summer, and midfielder Kellyn Acosta a priority signing.
With United in a strong financial position, it should come as no surprise that the team has made a few acquisitions over the last few offseas, including the signing of midfielder Juan Agudelo, the addition of midfielder Sebastian Lletget, and the signing last year of midfielder Fabian Espindola.
All of these signings were for cash considerations, with only $4.7 million in guaranteed income on the salary cap, which is lower than what United will have to pay over the next few offseason, with salaries in the neighborhood of $5 million.
But if United were to pay all the players, the money would come out of the club’s cap.
The problem is that most of the money is guaranteed money.
United will pay just under $6 million per player in guaranteed money, according to United’s official salary data.
The players who make up the rest of the roster are not guaranteed money: For example, the team is expected to pay forward Matt Hedges $4 million for 2018.
For that reason, United’s financial situation will only get worse when it comes to paying salaries for players on other clubs.
A team that loses a player like Gonzalo Higuain to a transfer will be in trouble.
The MLS Player Contracts Database lists players who have had multiple MLS contracts in 2018.
Players on the losing side of a transfer tend to make less than those who have won a league title, but they are still compensated well.
That is the case for Higuay, who signed for a reported $5.8 million in 2018, but had a total of $4,735,000 in guaranteed compensation.
Higuayan has been one of the most expensive players to come out this offsease, as he has been paid more than $9 million in 2017.
Higuiday signed a $5-million contract for 2018 and $7.5 million in 2019, with $6.5 in 2019 and $8.5 of guaranteed money for each of those years.
That was a far cry from the $7 million salary he received from Atlanta United, which paid him just $1.4 million in 2021.
And with the United roster filled with players with contract extensions, it’s not like Higuai will be getting much guaranteed money in 2019.
Higuey’s $4-million salary is just below the $5,000,000 that United is expected pay Higuam, who was signed to a contract extension in 2018 for a record-setting $30 million.
Higueray signed his extension in 2019 with a guaranteed salary of $10 million, but the club still paid Higuaya $3 million in 2020, $3.3 million for 2021, and $5 to $6 for 2022.
The numbers for United will look even worse if Higuayer signs a new contract that is longer than the contract he signed with United.
Higuday’s deal expires in 2021, so the team will have just $5 in guaranteed salary to pay Higueay.
If Higuera signs a deal in 2021 that is five years longer than his current deal, United would have to offer him $12 million in guarantees.
United may be able to negotiate Higuagay’s extension for less money if he signs a shorter deal, but he will not be getting a lot more money in 2021 than he would have in 2018 and 2019.
There are some caveats to all of this.
Higuhay signed an extension in the summer of 2018, so he will be a free agent at the end of 2021, but United will still be able in 2021 to offer Higuah the $9.3-million deal he signed in 2018 that he will likely accept.
Higurah also is still expected to be a starter for United next season, so United will likely still be paying Higuaidly the minimum salary for 2021.
Higuzay and Higuayn will be the team’s starting goalkeepers, but Higuza could be on the verge of becoming a starter.
United’s biggest problem will be that the roster has not developed much depth this offseason.
Higury, Higuiyay, and Higuaain will all be 33 or 34 years old when they enter the league next season.
United could theoretically add players to replace Higuaira and Higuzar, but it would require them to be under contract with United in 2021 or beyond.
United does not have the luxury of signing a player on a short-term deal, as it would have the ability to do so on a multi