MLS Playoffs 2012: The Only Thing $13.8 Million Buys You Is an Early Exit

$13.8 million, that is the combined salaries of Thierry Henry ($5.6 million), Rafa Márquez ($4.6 million) and Tim Cahill ($3.6 million). 

The New York Red Bulls are home to three of the four highest-paid players in MLS, and the only thing the franchise has to show for it is a bunch of Red Bulls gear circulating around Mexico and a half-empty stadium.

No trophies. No championships. Just a miserably faithful fanbase.

In recent years, the Red Bulls have adopted the prototypical New York blueprint when it comes to building a championship team—throw a bunch of money at stuff and hope it sticks.

In the last decade, the New York Yankees have approximately spent a combined $1.94 billion in payroll for one World Series title. 

The New York Knicks spent $63.4 million last year to celebrate their only playoff victory like an NBA championship. They would be obliterated and eliminated by the Miami Heat just three day...

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