Luiz Araujo is Atlanta United’s highest-paid player

Atlanta United forward Luiz Araujo (left), playing his first game with the team, emrbraces Josef Martinez (7) as they take the field to play Toronto FC Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com)
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Atlanta United forward Luiz Araujo (left), playing his first game with the team, emrbraces Josef Martinez (7) as they take the field to play Toronto FC Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com)

Credit: Curtis Compton / curtis.compton@ajc.com

Luiz Araujo surpassed Josef Martinez as Atlanta United’s highest-salaried player, according to salary information released by the Major League Soccer Players Association on Wednesday.

Araujo, who joined the team from Lille in France during the summer, has a guaranteed salary of $3,941,667 in the 2021 season. Martinez has a guaranteed salary of $3,891,667.

Araujo’s salary is the fourth-highest in MLS. Martinez’s is fifth-highest.

The team’s total guaranteed compensation for the 2021 season is $20,058,025 (second most among MLS teams), and its average is $607,818.94.

The MLSPA releases the salary information twice a year.

There was one salary increase from May, when the previous set of totals were released, until Wednesday’s release, which is for players under contract through Sept. 30.

Ezequiel Barco’s guaranteed salary increased from $1.425 million to $2,358,333.

The annual average guaranteed compensation includes a player’s base salary and all signing and guaranteed bonuses annualized over the term of the player’s contract, including option years. For example, a player earning an annual base salary of $500,000, whose contract has an initial term of two years with two one-year options and received a $100,000 signing bonus, has an average annual guaranteed compensation of $525,000 (base salary plus signing bonus ($100,000), with the signing bonus divided by the number of years covered by the contract (four).

The average annual guaranteed compensation figure also includes any marketing bonus and any agent’s fees, both annualized over the length of the contract. The figure does not include performance bonuses because there is no guarantee that the player will hit those bonuses. These figures include compensation from each player’s contract with MLS. They do not include any compensation from any contracts with individual teams or their affiliates.

Player salaries

  • Mo Adams - $141,000
  • Mikey Ambrose - $81,375
  • Luiz Araujo - $3.941 million
  • Ezequiel Barco - $2.358 million
  • Josh Bauer - $63,547
  • George Bello - $139,000
  • George Campbell - $80,000
  • Machop Chol - $63,547
  • Jackson Conway - $63,547
  • Jurgen Damm - $1.582 million
  • Alex DeJohn - $81,375
  • Franco Escobar - $450,000
  • Alan Franco - $505,500
  • Brad Guzan - $805,000
  • Ronald Hernandez - $250,000
  • Emerson Hyndman - $900,000
  • Franco Ibarra - $370,000
  • Alec Kann - $115,000
  • Brooks Lenon - $375,000
  • Erik Lopez - $508,300
  • Ben Lundgaard - $81,375
  • Josef Martinez - $3.891 million
  • Efrain Morales - $63,547
  • Marcelino Moreno - $400,000
  • Jake Mulraney - $312,777
  • Miles Robinson - $687,500
  • Matheus Rossetto - $662,500
  • Amar Sejdic - $81,375
  • Santiago Sosa - $503,100
  • Erick Torres - $81,375
  • Anton Walkes - $275,062
  • Bryce Washington - $63,547
  • Tyler Wolff - $79,500

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Atlanta United’s 2021 MLS schedule

April 17 Atlanta United 0, Orlando 0

April 24 Atlanta United 3, Chicago 1

May 1 New England 2, Atlanta United 1

May 9 Atlanta United 1, Inter Miami 1,

May 15 Atlanta United 1, Montreal 0

May 23 Atlanta United 1, Seattle 1

May 29 Atlanta United 2, Nashville 2

June 20 Atlanta United 2, Philadelphia 2

June 23 NYCFC 1, Atlanta United 0

June 27 Atlanta United 0, New York Red Bulls 0

July 3 Chicago 3, Atlanta United 0

July 8 Atlanta United 2, Nashville 2

July 17 New England 1, Atlanta United 0

July 21 Atlanta United 1, Cincinnati 1

July 24 Columbus 1, Atlanta United 0

July 30 Orlando 3, Atlanta United 2

Aug. 4 Atlanta United 2, Montreal 2

Aug. 7 Atlanta United 3, Columbus 2

Aug. 15 Atlanta United 1, LAFC 0

Aug. 18 Atlanta United 1, Toronto

Aug. 21 Atlanta United 2, D.C. United 1

Aug. 28 Nashville 2, Atlanta United 0

Sept. 10 Atlanta United 3, Orlando 0

Sept. 15 Atlanta United 4, Cincinnati 0

Sept. 18 Atlanta United 3, D.C. United 2

Sept. 25 Philadelphia 1, Atlanta United 0

Sept. 29 Atlanta United 1, Inter Miami 0

Oct. 2 Montreal 2, Atlanta United 1

Oct. 16 Atlanta United 2, Toronto 0

Oct. 20 vs. NYCFC, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

Oct. 27 vs. Inter Miami, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

Oct. 30 vs. Toronto, 6 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

Nov. 3 at New York Red Bulls, TBD, FS1

Nov. 7 at Cincinnati, 3:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

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