How does team spending affect the race to the MLS cup title?

In this post I wanted to bring up a very interesting point- the 4 finalists of this year @MLS cup are ranked 10-14 in spending. http://www.thegoatparade.com/2013/8/15/4610520/mls-team-payrolls-compare-rank-chivas-usa-august-2013-last-worst-base-salary-guaranteed-compensation All of them together are spending roughly $13-14 million this season… Just to make things clear, this is equal to the salaries…

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