NEW YORK — Major League Soccer's average salary rose 12 percent this year to $154,852 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 $6.5 million, according to figures released by the MLS Players Union.

Henry is second at $5.6 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 $2.3 million.

The average rose from $138,169 at the start of last season, which represented a 6.6 percent decline from $147,345 in 2009.