It may not be the most followed sport in the USA but Major League Soccer is slowly building its audience.

Thanks to these 20 big names who have recently signed contracts to play in the league, we can expect its reputation as a high quality league to grow.

From former England and Italian captains to Team USA legends, here’s 20 of the highest paid MLS stars in the 2016 season.

20. Federico Higuain – $1,175,000

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Columbus Crew’s Federico Higuain joined the club in 2012 moving away from his native country Argentina.

Higuain 2012’s Newcomer of the Year is guaranteed a $1,1750,000 yearly salary.

19. Liam Ridgewell – $1,125,000

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The former Premier League star moved to the MLS in 2014 and has quickly become one of Portland Timbers’ most influential players.

The defender is guaranteed a yearly salary of $1.125million, a lot more than he was on in England.