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The 25 Highest-Paid MLS Goalkeepers

Jun 19, 2024; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis CITY SC goalkeeper Roman Burki (1) looks on during a match agains the Colorado Rapids at CITYPARK. Mandatory Credit: Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports
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With a record 11 million fans showing up to matches last season, the MLS continues to grow its presence among major soccer leagues worldwide.

But when two to three times more people show up to catch a match, it’s to watch their teams score goals. The highest-paid MLS goalkeepers earn their keep to prevent goals from hitting the back of their net. 

Roman Burki leads all as the highest-paid MLS goalkeeper of 2024.  His $1.53 million salary with St. Louis is $600K more than the next closest goalkeeper.

Burki is the only goalkeeper to earn over $1 million for his services and has the third most career clean sheets on the list.

Zack Steffen of the Rapids gets close to a million with his $900K earnings. He signed a 3-year, $2.7 million deal this January.

Steffen has spent half of his career in the United States and the other half in England. He played for Manchester City for two seasons and won back-to-back Premier League titles with them.

Tied for third are Andre Blake of the Union and Pedro Gallese of Orlando City. Both players earn $800K to be a wall in front of the goal.

Blake was the number 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft and has made $4.7 million over his career. 

Gallese has been at Orlando City for five seasons, racking up 32 clean sheets in that time. 

Fifth on the list is Yohei Takaoka of the Whitecaps. Takaoka earns $672K playing for Vancouver. He arrived from Japan in 2023 after signing a 1-year deal. 

Even though the Earthquakes feature three goalkeepers among the highest-paid, their wages combined come up $400K short of Roman Burki’s.

Only St. Louis and San Jose spend over $1 million on their goalkeepers.

Ranking The Highest-Paid MLS Goalkeepers

Here is the entire list of the highest-paid MLS goalkeepers. The list was compiled with data from Capology.

  • Updated: July 3, 2024
RankPlayerCareer Clean SheetsTeamTotal Compensation
1Roman Burki113St Louis City$1.53 million
2Zack Steffen40Colorado Rapids$900K
T-3Andre Blake73Philadelphia Union$800K
T-3Pedro Gallese57Orlando City$800K
5Yohei Takaoka59Vancouver Whitecaps$672K
T-6Tim Melia74Sporting KC$625K
T-6Steve Clark82Houston Dynamo$625K
T-8Stefan Frei108Seattle Sounders$600K
T-8Joe Willis70Nashville SC$600K
T-8Brad Guzan114Atlanta United$600K
11Maxime Crépeau41Portland Timbers$555K
12Kristijan Kahlina52Charlotte FC$550K
13Carlos Coronel37NY Red Bulls$500K
14Dayne St Clair24Minnesota United$460K
15Brad Stuver27Austin FC$459K
16Sean Johnson100Toronto FC$426K
T-17Daniel De Sousa Brito27San Jose Earthquakes$425K
T-17Tyler Miller43DC United$425K
T-17Roman Celentano22FC Cincinnati$425K
20J.T. Marcinkowski27San Jose Earthquakes$400K
21William Yarbrough70San Jose Earthquakes$385K
T-22Hugo Lloris209LA FC$350K
T-22Zaz MacMath64Real Salt Lake$350K
24Drake Callender15Inter Miami$349K
25Maarten Paes28FC Dallas$325K

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