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Want to be an MLS agent?

Will it ever become the a major American sport?You may not after reading these facts about player salaries. btw, MLS stands for Major League Soccer, America’s attempt to create a professional soccer league in the U.S. Looking at salaries alone, it seems that the league is has not reached nearly enough popularity so far, and needs a boost before players like Freddy Adu go overseas.

The highest paid player is Juan Francisco Palencia, who has a contract worth $1.36 million including all bonuses [Top 10 MLS Player Salaries]. If an agent takes 5% of that figure, that comes out to $68,000, which is nothing to scoff at. But then again, that is for the highest paid player in the entire league. Move down only to the 10th highest paid player in the league, and you are looking at Carlos Ruiz, who is gauranteed to $360,000. a 5% commission on that is a mere $18,000. That figure may not convince you to enter the profession as an agent for the MLS.

Let’s compare these numbers to some of the other professional leagues in the United States.

MLB:
Highest paid player = Alex Rodriguez – 2006 Salary: $25,680,727 – 5% Commission: $1,284,036
10th highest paid player = Andy Pettitte – 2006 Salary: $16,428,416 – 5% Commission: $821,420

NBA:
Highest paid player = Shaquille O’Neal – 2005/06 Salary: $20 million – 4% Commission (capped): $800,000
10th highest paid player = Michael Finley – 2005/06 Salary: $15,937,500 – 4% Commission (capped): $637,500

I could not find good figures for the NFL or the NHL (if you can, please add as a comment), but looking at the NBA and MLB alone, it seems that Sports Agents may shy away from getting involved in American soccer (unless you find a superstar who can get the big bucks overseas). The only positive is that there is probably a lot less competition among agents for clients in the field of soccer.

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By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

16 replies on “Want to be an MLS agent?”

Soccer in America is as you said, growing in popularity, as the number of youth kids around America playing soccer has doubled over the past 10-14 years since the United States hosted the World Cup in 1994. With the initiation of the MLS and other pro and semi-pro leagues in the US soccer is becoming accepted and played by a lot of Americans. David Beckham’s came into the league only a year ago and look at his salary and all the hype he has receieved. If Beckham came into the league ten years ago half the people in the US still would not know who he is.
I agree that soccer players salaries in the MLS are nothing compared to the salaries players in the English Premiere League or the German Bundesliga, but as the MLS attracts those foreign players like it is starting to do now (Beckham, Blanco on the Chicago Fire, Juan Pable-Angel and Youri Djorkaeff for the NY Redbulls), the salaries and popularity of those playing soccer in America will rise.

I agree. With the number of viewers growing as well as players, soccer is growing tremendously in popularity. It is a growing field but the money is not to be made in the salaries but in the endorsements. I am not sure but do agents get a percentage of the big endorsement deals as well?

Imagine the amount of money an agent would make off of a Beckham endorsement deal!

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Quiero hacer contacto con agente MLS para ver la posibilidad de que estudie el CURRICULUM VITAE DE JUGADOR PROFESIONAL COLOMBIANO CON MUCHA EXPERIENCIA. SE PUEDE HACER UN PROYECTO DEPORTIVO MAGNIFICO CON ESTE JUGADOR…. ES UN JUGADOR CON CARACTERISTICAS IMPORTANTES:

Trayectoria: Once Caldas, Alianza Petrolera, Internacional de Porto Alegre (Brasil), Noroeste Baurú (Brasil),
Club Deportivo Los Millonarios, Pereira, PatriotasFC, Hong Kong…

Nacionalidad: Colombiano

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hey everybody i’m from Carey, Idaho.
My favorite soccer team is Pumas from mexico.
100%Mexican….
yeah.
Juan Francisco Palencia Hernandez is the best Mexican player nobody ca beat him. he was born to play soccer and have you seen those muscles.. DAMN

am the player’s manager in charge of transferring good and fit players to FIFA LICENSED and various clubs in the world.Also,i am in charge of scouting players for different clubs in Nigeria and the whole wide world .

i am interested in working directly with your clubs to supply you good and fit players .i will be able to send players of different positions and promise to be to buy ticket for the players to get over to you for trials .Please, contact me immediately to enable me send you the profile and passport for perusal.

While thank you for understanding and cooperation,i await your quick response.
More so i have some players who have played in the national team which i want you to get a club for them in any club over there

Best Regards Dickson Aluwa
Players Manager

i am a 21 year old romanian soccer goalkeeper with romanian second third division experience and i need a team to play for can anyone help me ? i would go anywhere in the world…..

I want to get my fiancee into Australia or New Zealand team ….he is Nigerian born and been playing international for 5 years is current captain of his team in the premier league in India.

can you help

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Hi,My name is malik Cisse and i am 14 years old.My dream is to become a pro soccer player.I live In Fort Worth Texas.I want to know if there is any chance for me to play and get in a MLS.Please help me if you Can.Thank You

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PLEASE GIVE ME CHANCE. TANK YOU.
NAME= VAGNER JUNIO DE SOUZA
DATE OF BIRTH= 29/09/1984
AGE=26
HEIGTH= 1,75
WEIGTH= 70 KG
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nationality= brazil
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I am a fast player, skilful, kick with both legs, I’m gunner, game head held high, I’m an awesome player who will not regret hiring. I am Brazilian I am good at soccer. Thank you
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