The article analyzes the bankrolls of 333 teams spanning 13 countries and 17 leagues. While soccer is well represented at the top of the list with Paris Saint-Germain ($227.1 M), Real Madrid ($216 M), Manchester City ($215 M), and Barcelona ($202.1 M) claiming the top four spots, MLS teams still have a ways to go to bridge the salary gap.
The first MLS club to appear on the list is Toronto FC, who spends $20.5 million on their players. Toronto is followed by the LA Galaxy ($15.4 M), New York City FC ($15 M), Orlando City SC ($13.5 M), New York Red Bulls ($13.5 M), and Seattle Sounders ($12.5 M). The seventh slot is occupied by the Revolution.
The report states that the Revolution spend $7.3 million on its players, with an average salary of $316,000. This is obviously an inflated number, however, with Jermaine Jones reportedly earning $3 million per year ($3,525,500 guaranteed). In 2014, the next-highest paid player on the Revs was Jose Goncalves at a base salary of $450,000.
As usual, these numbers must all be taken with a grain of salt, as MLS never makes it's exact salary numbers public, and there is no reason to believe that ESPN's source, Sporting Intelligence, has access that no one else does. The figures for MLS are purportedly from 2015.
The next MLS team on the list is the Portland Timbers, who spend $5.9 million.