CARSON, Calif. – A player with Landon Donovan’s resume should certainly be among the league’s highest paid players and by reaching certain incentives, the Galaxy forward will stand head and shoulders above all others on the league’s pay scale.
According to Soccer by Ives, the four-year, $5 million a season deal that Donovan signed will make him the league’s second highest player behind U.S. teammate Clint Dempsey, but by reaching performance incentives, the Galaxy forward will be able to bypass his U.S. National Team counterpart.
Galaxy head coach and general manger Bruce Arena told reporters that it was "safe to say [Donovan's deal] is multi-year and he got a raise." When asked about his contract on Wednesday, Donovan admitted to reporters that his deal was heavily incentive-laden, but revealed that the Galaxy were more than willing to make him the league’s top paid player.
“I never made decisions for money, and I think I'm a much happier person because of it,” Donovan said on Wednesday. “At the same time, you do want to be valued and respected, so it was important for me in this process to be treated fair financially.
“The Galaxy made it clear early on that they wanted a type of deal that would give me the opportunity to be the highest-paid player in the league, if I perform well,” he added. “I think that was important to me, and I think that was fair, so we came to a good agreement.”