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Top 10 Highest Paid MLS Players in 2014-2015

MLS Players Union has already released the final list of Major League Soccer player salaries for 2014/2015. There has been plenty of changes according to the previous MLS plyers salary list. The recent salary list is made public on 29th September 2014.

Surprisingly, the new highest paid MLS player will not officially play until next spring. This time, four of the United States Men’s National Soccer Team are enlisted in this top 10 highest paid MLS players 2015. No surprise that most of these highest paid MLS players are forward players.

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Top 10 highest paid MLS players:

There are some former world soccer legends in this list of MLS players. In fact these big names make the top of this list article. Some believes them as overly paid while some others believe as this payment is nothing comparing their previous wages in European Clubs.

Let’s see, who is the highest paid MLS player in 2015 season?

10. Marco Di Vaio

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Marco Di Vaio ; image credit commons.wikimedia.org

Present team: Montreal Impact

Salary: $2.6 million

The Montreal Impact has been awful in 2014-2015 season. No team in the league has more league defeats than Montreal. They are along with Chivas, in the basement of the overall league standings so far. They were also eliminated from playoff contention before the final month of that season.

Di Vaio is one of their all time great soccer superstar. Though the season was quite to forget for him too. He notched 6 goals and 4 assists in 22 total appearances last year. The belief is that Di Vaio will leave Montreal and MLS. The player is likely to return Italy. With $2.6 million as salary currently he is considered as the 10th of the highest paid MLS players in 2015.

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09. Jermaine Jones

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Jermaine Jones ; image credit en.wikipedia.org

Present team: New England Revolution

Salary: $3.25 million

It has been a rumors of where Jones would end up seemed to change on a weekly basis. After the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, he was headed to the New York Red Bulls. He was meant there to be as the possible replacement for supposed Orlando City target Dax McCarty. As there, Chicago Fire were on the verge of acquiring Jones at any cost.

The blind draw ultimately determined his destination after Jones agreed to join MLS. Fortunately the Revolution came up as the big winners for them.

His new teammates have immediately been tasked with attempting to hold off other Eastern Conference sides. He was given the best playoff spot. With around $3.25 million as salary, Jones is at number 9 in this list of top 10 highest paid MLS players in 2014-2015.

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08. Tim Cahill

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Tim Cahill ; image credit en.wikipedia.org

Present team: New York Red Bulls

Salary: $3.63 million

Tim Cahill has had quite the roller coaster MLS career. He joined the Red Bulls in the summer of last 2012-2013 season. He made little impact in his first season in the league. Then he was called out for perceived lackluster play by ESPN TV analyst Taylor Twellman.

These comments seemed to light a fire under Cahill. He definitely went to be the best player in MLS and his team became the best regular season team in MLS. He helped the Red Bulls win the Supporters’ Shield, which is in fact the first meaningful trophy in club history.

Cahill was busy with World Cup duty with the Australia National Team. Eventually this has affected his club performance. And now the 34-year-old is the 8th of the highest paid MLS players with nearly $3.63 million as salary from the New York red Bulls.

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07. Thierry Henry

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Thierry Henry ; image credit en.wikipedia.org

Present team: New York Red Bulls

Salary: $4.35 million

Undoubtedly he is the living legend who has done it all in the game. The most-talented overall MLS player in history is Thierry Henry. His RBNY career got off to a slow start as he netted 39 goals and notched 25 assists in two years. The Metro captain is quietly having a solid year as the team’s key setup player.

Every soccer lover in this earth definitely enjoy watching him playing. The veteran who turned 37 years old in August is reportedly eying the end. It has been heavily rumored that Henry will retire when New York at the end of this season. He is at number 7 in this list of top 10 highest paid MLS players for 2014/2015.

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06. Robbie Keane

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Robbie Keane ; image credit commons.wikimedia.org

Present team: LA Galaxy

Salary: $4.5 million

Keane simply worth every penny since joining MLS. Players like him in MLS are meant to bring attention and titles to clubs. He has done that and then some over the past several seasons in MLS. He is a two-time MLS Cup winner as the Galaxy hoisted the Supporters’ Shield in 2011.

We can hope for the best yet to come from the ageless player. He is currently third in goals scored. He and teammates Gyasi Zardes or Landon Donovan can end up being MVP candidates for 2014 in MLS. The forward is currently the 6th highest paid MLS player with $4.5 million as salary.

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05. Landon Donovan

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Landon Donovan ; image credit commons.wikimedia.org

Present team: LA Galaxy

Salary: $4.58 million

Probably there are no questions about Landon Donovan’s playing future past this season. He announced earlier this year that he will be retiring after the Galaxy play their final game. He is undoubtedly the United States Men’s National Team legend. He had previously scored the most famous goal in the history of US Soccer could win several awards.

The Galaxy are arguably the best team in the MLS. In fact they are the Supporters’ Shield contenders. They are still favorites to win the MLS Cup this year. Donovan could also be a sentimental choice as the 5th of the highest paid MLS players with $4.58 million salary.

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04. Jermain Defoe

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Jermain Defoe ; image credit it.wikipedia.org

Present team: Toronto FC

Salary: $6.18 million

Most obviously Defoe was brought in by Toronto last winter in an attempt to reboot the club. As they failed their faithful supporters year after year. Now we can conclude that the experiment was quite successful. Defoe looked like a legitimate Golden Boot candidate in the spring in MLS.

Rumors were all around that Defoe had his head turned by former manager Harry Redknapp. As the manager is very much eager to bring him back to England.

Defoe is back with Toronto, but nobody can assure his longevity here. The writing on the wall suggests that the front man will ditch the Canadian side. Which in turn can make him one of the biggest designated player flops in MLS history unless TFC go on a magical run.

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03. Michael Bradley

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Michael Bradley ; image credit it.wikipedia.org

Present team: Toronto FC

Salary: $6.5 million

Bradley has been one of several Toronto players to receive criticism. Much of it has been deserved. It is believed that focusing on Bradley as the main TFC problem would be a foolish exercise. This midfielder is hardly the only reason the club collapsed after a hot start.

There has been speculation that all of the team’s designated players could leave the club. If especially TFC do not qualify for the postseason tournament. May be Toronto would not be a postseason team if the season ended on September 30 this year.

Bradley will attract bids from home and abroad if he makes it clear that he wants to leave. The 3rd of the highest paid ML Slayers currently gets $6.5 million as salary.

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02. Clint Dempsey

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Clint Dempsey ; image credit en.wikipedia.org

Present team: Seattle Sounders

Salary: $6.7 million

Dempsey has a month to remember in October in MLS MVP. His 13 goals and 9 assists to date have made for a fine season for him. Seattle teammate Obafemi Martins is one of several players who have outdone the American in MLS.

Martins will begin October with 15 goals and 10 assists. Dempsey, Martins and the rest of the Sounders will be expected to earn their paychecks starting the previous month. Seattle are tied with LA atop the overall league standings in MLS. He will have home advantage to manage a win.

Dempsey and company have already lifted a trophy last season. And Seattle won the US Open Cup in September. Clint Dempsey is now at number 2nd of this list of top 10 highest paid MLS players in 2014-2015.

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01. Kaka

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Kaka ; image credit forzaitalianfootball.com

Present team: Orlando City

Salary: $7.17 million

Undoubtedly KAKA is another household name among diehard soccer fans all around the world. What else coud he win, as already he had lifted the trophy of Serie A, La Liga and the UEFA Champions League. Oh, of course we shouldn’t forget to mark the FIFA World cup as one of his biggest achievements. Kaka will definitely draw attraction to the expansion of the team.

The play-maker who will turn 33 years old next April, hasn’t participated in even a friendly as an MLS professional. History suggests that a foreign player who was a superstar in Europe will need time to adjust in North American league (MLS). Maybe Kaka will be an exception for them. Or perhaps he’ll be proclaimed as the most overpaid player in MLS in 2015. But for now he is the highest paid MLS Player in 2014-2015 season.

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Top 10 Best MLS Soccer Teams in the World

Major League Soccer or MLS is one of the best football tournaments of the world. The soccer league represents the highest level of soccer both in United States and Canada. Major league soccer is comprised of 20 football teams, among which 17 in the United States and 3 in Canada. The MLS season starts from March to October in every year, where each MLS team play a total 34 games. The best MLS soccer teams are awarded the “Supporters’ Shield”. The best MLS teams also participate in the championship competitions against teams from other divisions as well as countries. Such soccer competitions are the Canadian Championships, the US Open and the CONCACAF Champions League.

As a part of a successful bid to host the 1994 FIFA World Cup in United States, Major League Soccer was founded in 1993. The MLS first season started in 1996 with 10 teams. Since then, soccer has earned much popularity in United States. The league is now one of the most profitable sports in America. We have enlisted the top 10 best MLS Soccer teams based on their successes in Major League Soccer. Just scroll down to find which is the best MLS team in United States.

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Top 10 Best MLS Soccer Teams in the world

Each MLS teams have flourished to the utmost level over the years. The teams may not be as strong as the European Football teams are, they are progressing faster than any other teams. Here are the best MLS Soccer teams with their most successes:

10. San Jose Earthquakes

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Bobby Convey of San Jose Earthquakes——–image credit: Wikipedia/Ryan Knapp

San Jose Earthquakes are one of the 10 charter members of Major League Soccer, which competed in the league’s inaugural season in 1996. So far, they have participated in 17 seasons of MLS and is the No. 10 in our list of top 10 best MLS Soccer teams in the world. San Jose have played a total 532 matches in MLS, winning 209 among them. They were defeated in 207 matches, while managed to draw 116. The team netted a total 751 goals in Major league soccer till date, achieving 705 points with an average of 1.325 points per MLS match as of the current 2014-15 season.

Achievements:

● MLS Cup: 2 (2001, 2003)

● Supporters’ Shield: 2 (2005, 2012)

● MLS Western Conference: 3 ( 2003, 2005, 2012)

● Carolina Challenge Cup: 2 (2005, 2008)

● California Clásico: 5 (1997, 2001, 2005, 2010, 2012)

● MLS Fair Play Award: 2010

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9. New England Revolution

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Joe Franchino of New England Revolution——image credit: Wikipedia/Jarrett Campbell from Cary, North Carolina, USA

New England Revolution is owned by Robert Kraft, who also owns the NFL team New England Patriots. They are currently playing their home matches at Gillette Stadium. New England Revolution were one of the ten original MLS franchises to compete in the MLS opening season in 1996. However, it took 12 years to win their first major trophy. They have competed in MLS a total 19 season since 1996. The soccer club have played a total 595 matches in MLS, winning 225 among them so far. Like any other teams, New England Revolution tasted the bitterness of defeat 255 times in MLS and draw matches 115 times till date. They team have scored a total of 829 goals in the major league soccer, while they engulfed 899. They stand at No. 9 in our list of top 10 best MLS soccer teams in the world.

Achievements:

● MLS Cup: Runners-up 5 times (2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 20154)

● Supporters’ Shield: Runners-up once (2005)

● MLS Eastern Conference (Regular Season): 2 (2002,2005)

● Lamar Hunt US Open cup: 1 (2007)

● North American SuperLiga: 1 (2008)

● MLS Fair Play Award: 3 (2003, 2008, 2012)

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8. Colorado Rapids

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Colorado Rapids vs. Columbus Crew—-image credit: Wikimedia/Corbinelliott

The Colorado Rapids are one of the best MLS teams in American professional soccer. The team is based in the Denver suburb of Commerce City, Colorado. They are also one of the 10 founding MLS teams. Colorado Rapids rank at 8th place in our list of top 10 best MLS Soccer teams in the world. Since 1996, they have participated in 19 seasons in MLS. The team have played a total 594 MLS matches including the 2014-15 season. They have managed to win 224 games in MLS, while defeated in 255 matches. The Colorado Rapids soccer players have scored a total 796 goals till date. On the contrary, 883 goals were scored by the opponents so far. They have achieved a total of 761 points with an average of 1.281 point per MLS match.

Achievements:

● MLS Cup: 1 (2010)

● MLS Eastern Conference: 1 (playoff) : 2010

● MLS Western Conference: 1 (playoff) : 1997

● Rocky Mountain Cup: 3 (2005, 2006, 2013)

● MLS Reserve Division: 2 (2006, 2007)

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7. Chicago Fire

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Chicago Fire, March 2013—-image credit: Wikimedia/Ryan Byrne

Chicago Fire is the No. 7 in our list of top 10 best MLS soccer teams in the world. the club is based in Chicago suburb of Bridgeview, Illinois. They play their home matches at Toyota park, which can capacitate 20,000 spectators. Chicago Fire have participated in 17 MLS seasons since their first appearance in 1996. They have played a total 531 MLS matches and won 222 among them till date. Chicago Fire tasted the defeat 180 times, while drew matches 129 times in their Major league soccer portfolio. The players have scored a total of 785 goals, earning the point of 785 with an average 1.478 points per MLS match as of current season.

Achievements:

● MLS Cup: 1 (1998)

● Supports’ Shield: 1 (2003)

● Lamar Hunt US Open Cup: 4 (1998, 2000, 2003, 2006)

● MLS Central Division: 2 (2000, 2001)

● Brimstone Cup: 6 (1998, 2000, 2001, 2012,2013, 2014)

● MLS Fair Play Award: 1 (2009)

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6. New York Red Bulls

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New York Red Bulls goal celebration—image credit: Wikimedia/betancourt

The New York Red Bulls are one of the best MLS soccer teams, which is based in Harrison, New Jersey. The team compete in the Eastern Conference of MLS since 1996. They have made their glorious participation in 19 MLS seasons till date. The New York Red Bulls is at No. 6 in our list of top 10 best MLS soccer teams in the world. the Red Bulls have played a total of 594 MLS matches and won 232 of them. They were defeated in 243 matches, while making 119 draw matches. The Red Bulls players have netted a total of 872 goals in the major league soccer and a total 894 goals were scored by their opponents. The club have achieved 793 points in MLS with an average of 1.335 points per MLS match as of the 2014-15 season of MLS. The Red Bulls Arena remains their home ground since 2010.

Achievements:

● MLS Cup: Runners-up (2008)

● Supporters’ Shield: 1 (2013)

● MLS Eastern Conference: 3 (2000, 2010, 2013)

● MLS Western Conference: 1 (Playoff) : 2008

●Atlantic Cup: 4 (2003, 2010, 2011, 2013)

● New York Cup: 1 (2014)

● Emirates Cup: 1 (2011)

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5. FC Dallas

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Teamphoto FC Dallas—-image credit: Wikimedia/Jason Gulledge

FC Dallas, formerly known as Dallas Burn, is an American professional MLS soccer team, which is based in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas. FC Dallas is also one of the ten charter clubs in major league soccer, competing in the league since its inception. FC Dallas play their home matches in soccer-specific Toyota Stadium. They have participated in 19 MLS seasons since 1996 and have proven themselves as one of the best MLS soccer teams in the world. The club have played a total 594 matches in Major League Soccer and won 243 matches among them. Moreover, FC Dallas team were defeated 238 times in MLS, while they were able to draw matches 113 times. The Dallas boys have scored a total 878 goals in MLS till date, while a total of 875 goals were scored by their opponents. They have earned a total 812 points so far with an average of 1.367 points per MLS match as of the 2014-15 MLS season. FC Dallas rank at No. 5 in the list of top 10 best MLS soccer teams in the world.

Achievements:

● MLS Cup: Runners-up (2010)

● MLS Western Conference: 1 (Playoff): 2010

● Lamar Hunt US Open Cup: 1 (1997)

Texas Derby: 4 (2008, 2010, 2013, 2014)

● Lamar Hunt Pioneer Cup: 2 (2010, 2011)

● Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic: 1 (2011)

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4. Sporting Kansas City

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Aurélien Collin of Sporting Kansas City—-image credit: Wikipedia/Ryan Knapp

Sporting Kansas City is a Major League Soccer team, which is based in Kansas City, Missouri. Their home ground is named Sporting Park. Sporting Kansas City is enlisted at No. 4 in our list of top 10 best MLS soccer teams in the world. The team have participated in 19 seasons of MLS since it first appearance in 1996. They have played a total 595 matches in MLS and have won 243 among them till date. In Major League Soccer, they were also defeated 229 matches, while drew 123 games. The Sporting Kansas City have scored a stunning 832 goals in MLS and 806 goals were scored against them. The team have achieved a total 820 points with an average of 1.378 points per MLS match as recorded.

Achievements:

● MLS Cup: 2 (2000, 2013)

● MLS Supporters’ Shield: 1 (2004)

● MLS Western Conference: 3 (1997, 2000, 2004)

● Lamar Hunt US Open Cup: 2 (2004, 2012)

● Desert Diamond Cup: 1 (2011)

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3. D.C. United

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D.C. United defender, Bryan Namoff—image credit: Wikipedia/Ben Stanfield

DC United is one of the most popular MLS Soccer teams in United States. The Club is based in Washington, DC and is playing MLS since 1996. The club is the most decorated club in Major League soccer, which have won a total 13 international and domestic titles over the years. Under the head coach Bruce Arena, DC United holds the joint MLS record for winning 4 MLS Cups, 3 US Open Championships and 4 MLS Supporters’ Shields. We rank the club at No. 3 in our list of top 10 best MLS soccer teams in the world. So far, they have participated in 19 MLS seasons and played over 594 matches. During this period, they have grabbed 249 wins, while defeated in 236 matches. The players have scored a stunning 918 goals in the major league soccer for their team till date and also engulfed 873 goals into their net. DC United have earned a point of 820 with an average of 1.380 points per MLS match as of the current 2014-15 MLS season.

Achievements:

International:

● CONCACAF Champions League: 1 (1998)

Domestic:

● MLS Cup: 4 (1996, 1997, 1999, 2004)

● MLS Supporters’ Shield: 4 (1997, 1999, 2006, 2007)

● MLS Eastern Conference: 6 (1997, 98, 99, 06, 07, 14)

● Lamar Hunt US Open Cup: 3 (1996, 2008, 2013)

Intercontinental:

● Copa Interamericana: 1 (1998)

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DC United Trophy collection—image via: Wikipedia/Lietmotiv

2. Columbus Crew

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The Columbus Crew player taking free kick—image via: Flickr/Matt Boulton

Columbus Crew SC is one of the ten franchises of MLS, who have competed in the league since its inception in 1996. Their current home ground is Mapfre Stadium, which is facilitated with 19,968 seats. The Columbus Crew are standing at No. 2 spot in our list of top 10 best MLS Soccer teams in the world. The team have participated in 19 MLS seasons so far. They have played a total 594 matches in MLS, while winning 247 of them. They were defeated in 232 matches and were managed to draw 115 matches till date. The Columbus Crew have scored a total 856 goals in MLS, while a total 817 goals were scored by their opponents. They have managed to earn 830 points in MLS with an average of 1.397 per MLS match.

Achievements:

● MLS Cup: 1 (2008)

● MLS Supporters’ Shield: 3 (2004, 2008, 2009)

● MLS Eastern Conference: 3 (2004, 2008, 2009)

● Lamar Hunt US Open Cup: 1 (2002)

● MLS Fair Play Award: 4 (1997, 1999, 2004, 2007)

● Trillium Cup: 5 (2008, 09, 10, 12, 13)

● Walt Disney Pro Soccer Classic: 2014

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1. Los Angeles Galaxy

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LA Galaxy team celebration—-image via: Wikimedia/Paul Bailey

The Los Angeles Galaxy, also known as LA Galaxy is the no. 1 in our list of top 10 best MLS Soccer teams in the world. Their HQ is located in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, California. From the very beginning of MLS, they have proven to be most decorated and most successful MLS team in the United States soccer history. The LA Galaxy are playing their home matches in StubHub Center, which is facilitated with 27,000 seating capacities. They have played 19 MLS seasons so far to become one of the best MLS teams. The LA Galaxy have participated in 594 matches in MLS, while winning 281 of them. The no. 1 MLS club also tasted the defeat 199 times and were capable of drawing matches 114 times. The LA Galaxy footballers netted the ball 951 times till date and their net was also crashed by the opponents 746 times. The LA Galaxy has achieved a total points of 935 with an amazing average of 1.574. Very recently, the Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has joined the club. The another former English legendary footballer David Beckham was also a key player for LA Galaxy.

Achievements:

Continental:

● CONCACAF Champions League: 1 (2000)

Domestic:

● MLS Cup: 5 (2002, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014)

●MLS Supporters’ Shield: 4 (1998, 2002, 2010, 2011)

● Lamar Hunt US Open Cup: 2 (2001, 2005)

● MLS Western Conference: Regular season (8): 1996, 98, 99, 01, 02, 09, 10, 11

● Super Clasico: 9

● California Clasico: 12

● Desert Diamond Cup: 1 (2012)

●Central California Cup: 1 (2014)

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