How much does a professional soccer player in the MLS make a year? Not enough.

The MLS player’s union recently approved a five year labor deal. It’s good this was put to bed as the league needs stable labor relations, but the players seem to be coming out on the short end of the stick.

The MSL player’s union had previously sued the league over illegal monopoly issues since all contracts are owned by the league and not by the teams.

So let’s take a look at two things the players received. First, the minimum salary was raised to $28,000 and the final year will pay $34,000. It seems odd that a professional athlete that needs to be as trained and in shape as a soccer player makes $28,000 minimum.

The second point is that the health coverage is now funded 100% by the league and retirement benefits have been increased.