The United States Major League Soccer (MLS) is a fast-growing football league aiming to rival the top European Leagues such as the EPL and the Spanish La Liga. The MLS has also had some notable footballers from other leagues come to play such as David Villa, Didier Drogba and Wayne Rooney. Now it is the turn of foreign coaches to manage in the MLS.
Currently, the likes of Frank de Boer, Jaap Stam, Gary Smith and Thierry Henry all manage in the MLS. They form a strong line-up of foreign managers. With the influx of quality players and managers, the money required by these professionals also begins to improve, especially with coaches. Though, the trend in the MLS is that clubs tend to pay foreigners more than Americans, even amongst the players.
Thus, it is no surprise that the best-paid coach in the MLS is actually Thierry Henry. Henry is a French international, who has himself played in the MLS in the past. Now, he manages Montreal Impact. Due to his elevated status, Henry is the best-paid manager in the MLS with an annual salary of $5m. This comes to about $417,000 per month. The next after the French coach is Bruce Arena, the American coach in charge of the New England Revolution. Arena earns a very distant $899,348 per year.
The number 3 to 5 positions for the best-paid coaches are also occupied by Americans with Houston Dynamos' Tab Ramos earning just $460,772 yearly. Bob Bradley of Los Angeles FC is 4th on the list with $449,025 yearly in salary. Ben Olsen is the 5th highest-paid coach in the MLS with $400,000 at D.C. United. This means that Thierry Henry continues the trend of having the best-paid sportsmen in the MLS as foreigners.