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Star names in the MLS

Published 15/08/2011 | 05:00

David Beckham

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Club: LA Galaxy

Wages: $6.5m a year

Age: 36

Set the tone for the recent increase in MLS spending by moving from Real Madrid to LA Galaxy four years ago. Commitment has been questioned due to loan switches to Milan, but still the highest-paid player in the States.

Thierry Henry

Club: New York Red Bulls

Wages: $5.6m a year

Age: 33

The French striker was on the last leg of his European club career when his handball ended Ireland's World Cup dream in Paris. Accepted big bucks to wave goodbye to Barcelona and work on building his profile across the pond.

Rafael Marquez

Club: New York Red Bulls

Wage: $4.6m a year

Age: 32

After a trophy-laden stint at Barcelona, Marquez moved Stateside to New York. With such a huge football-supporting Mexican community in the US, the defensive player was a big acquisition for the Red Bulls.

Landon Donovan

Club: LA Galaxy

Wage: $2.3m a year

Age: 29

Home-grown star has grown in stature to join the big earners, boosting his status with temporary stints at Bayern Munich and Everton. Caused a stir when he criticised Beckham's commitment. Earning considerably less than deal offered to Keane.

Torsten Frings

Club: Toronto

Wages: $2m a year

Age: 34

The veteran midfielder -- who Ireland fans might remember from the 2002 World Cup -- was lured to Canada this summer after a long career in the Bundesliga, joining at the same time as Dutch striker Danny Koevermans.

Julian de Guzman

Club: Toronto

Wages: $1.9m a year

Age: 30

Canadian international was brought home to provide a local marquee name after spells in Germany and Spain. However, the midfielder has spent most of his time in Toronto on the treatment table.

Juan Pablo Angel

Club: LA Galaxy

Wages: $1.25m a year

Age: 35

The ex-Aston Villa record purchase moved to America in 2007, pitching up in New York where he had a stop-start stint with the Red Bulls. Moved to Los Angeles last year, and needs to be moved on for Keane deal to go through.

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