Beyond MLS Cup: Toronto FC, Seattle Sounders battle for $275K team bonus
Toronto FC players reach out to touch the Eastern Conference Trophy in Toronto on Nov. 30, 2016. (Chris Young / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, December 1, 2016 12:48PM EST
TORONTO - In addition to the MLS Cup, Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders will be battling for a US$275,000 team bonus when they meet Dec. 10 for North American soccer supremacy.
The losing team shares $80,000 from the league, according to the Major League Soccer collective bargaining agreement.
Individual players may benefit more from getting to or winning the championship game if they have personal bonuses written into their contracts.
Major League Soccer has modest team bonuses written into its CBA, ranging from $20,000 for making the playoffs to $55,000 for finishing with the best regular-season record. It's one or the other, though, not both when it comes to those two achievements.
Teams also got $7,500 for each regular season win. That means Toronto has already received $175,000 in team bonuses from the league, including the making-the-playoffs perk and $50,000 for winning the Amway Canadian Championship.
The money goes into one pot, with players deciding how they want to dish it out. The regular season bonuses are given out monthly.