Oh, ffs, this is becoming like the MNT forum. The issue was whether there were differences in the probabilities, not the absolute levels. The majority of posters here in the past had pushed the point of view that it was better to develop in Europe (or at least Germany) than in MLS. If so, a lower salary in Germany can beat a higher salary in MLS. The question is how much lower? If the answer is not much, then maybe there isn't much of a reason to go to Germany at all. After all, if the upside is a few hundred thousand with a career in Germany, then you guys should be arguing for going the college route since you can get that in MLS and you also get a college degree, which you may well need given that level of pay. There is also a second issue of whether they could have found a better deal with another German team, but that is a separate issue and we should be able to hold both questions in our heads at the same time.