MLS salaries rise 12% this season

by AP on May 10, 2011

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Major League Soccer's average salary rose 12 percent this year to $US154,852 ($A143,881) after Thierry Henry and Rafael Marquez joined David Beckham in making the move from European clubs.

Beckham, in the final season of his five-year contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy, remains the league's highest-paid player at $US6.5 million ($A6.04 million), according to figures released by the MLS Players Union.

Henry is second at $US5.6 million ($A5.2 million) and Marquez is third at $4.6 million after they both left Barcelona last summer to sign with the New York Red Bulls.

Landon Donovan of the Galaxy is fourth overall and the top American at $US2.3 million ($A2.14 million).

The average rose from $US138,169 ($A128,380) at the start of last season, which represented a 6.6 per cent decline from $US147,345 ($A136,905) in 2009.