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RSL: Though growing, Major League Soccer still lacking star-power
MLS » League’s teams have passionate fans, but have yet to make a dent on national TV


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The Red Bulls on one side of the Hudson will have Henry and Aussie star Tim Cahill. NYC FC, owned by the New York Yankees and English power Manchester City, will certainly add its own star power when it begins play in 2015.

"[But] while we want exciting players because people will pay to come see them and they’re the type of guys that, when they have the ball, fans are on the edge of their seats, the first priority still comes down to supporting the club," Courtemanche said.

At a glance

Cream of MLS

Top-earning players in Major League Soccer for 2013 season:

$4,350,000 Thierry Henry, New York

$4,333,333 Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy

$3,625,000 Tim Cahill, New York

$2,500,000 Landon Donovan, LA Galaxy

$1,937,508 Marco Di Vaio, Montreal

$1,725,000 Obafemi Martins, Seattle

$1,663,323 Dan Koevermans, Toronto FC

$1,132,492 Kenny Miller, Vancouver

$730,000 David Ferreira, FC Dallas

$645,333 Dwayne De Rosario, D.C. United

$604,000 Federico Higuain, Columbus

$600,000 Chris Wondolowski, San Jose

$599,333 Shalrie Joseph, Seattle

$527,115 Sherjill MacDonald, Chicago

$495,000 Kleberson, Philadelphia

$456,250 Darren O’Dea, Toronto FC

$453,333 Alvaro Saborio, Real Salt Lake

$445,000 Kalifa Cisse, New England

$400,000 Diego Valeri, Portland

Source: Major League Soccer Players Union

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The league’s highest-rated televised game last season was between Portland and Seattle.

"Name the stars on those teams," Courtermanche says.

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