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U.S. Soccer releases coaches’ earnings, possible World Cup, Olympic bonuses

Sep 26, 2013, 3:03 PM EDT

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The United States Soccer Federation’s tax forms and the amount it pays its coaches are no secret. This week, U.S. Soccer released its audited financial statements for the year ending March 31, 2013.

It sits among a treasure trove of financial data from the federation dating back to 2006 on its website. Among the information listed is U.S. men’s head coach Jürgen Klinsmann and women’s head coach Tom Sermanni’s contract details.

Klinsmann is under contract through Aug. 31, 2014, making $2.5 million per year. His potential bonus for the U.S.’s performance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup ranges from $500,000 to $10.5 million — presumably increasing the further the team progresses in the competition.

Sermanni’s deal runs out Dec. 31, 2016. His base salary ranges from $195,000 to $210,000 throughout his contract, and he is up for bonuses between $25,000 and $80,000 based on 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics performances. In addition, if he is fired, U.S. Soccer must continue to pay him for six months at his rate when he is terminated.

Also included in the document is a brief overview of U.S. Soccer’s Nike sponsorship, which runs out on Dec. 31, 2014. Under the agreement, the federation benefitted from nearly $13 million worth of revenue, including $2.45 million in equipment at wholesale prices.

Speaking of agreements, the U.S. men’s collective bargaining agreement runs through Dec. 31, 2018, while the women’s agreement expired Dec. 31, 2012. A “memo of understanding” is the current authoritative document while a new CBA is drafted for the women.

The federation made $22,285,102 in national team game revenues in the year ending March 31 and $1,120,596 in revenue on the U.S. Open Cup. Expenses during that same time were $45,372,048 from national teams — $12.8 million from the men, $12.7 million from youth teams and $9.5 million from the women — and $593,886 from the Open Cup.

Some of the biggest non-team expenses in the document come from facilities. The National Training Center, which sits on the Anschutz Southern California Sports Complex in Carson, Calif., cost $250,000 in the first three years and increases each year based on the Consumer Price Index. The deal runs from Feb. 20, 2002, to Feb. 20, 2027.

In Frisco, Texas, the USSF made four payments totaling $5 million to offset construction costs of FC Dallas’ stadium and the complex surrounding it in 2006, soon after it was built. The USSF’s agreement there runs out Dec. 31, 2025.

The National Women’s Soccer League is not paying the USSF for use of the federation’s Chicago headquarters as the league’s base of operations. However, the USSF is required to make a minimum contribution for shared expenses between $1.1 million and $1.4 million this year to the Professional Referee Organization.

  1. nussdorferac - Sep 26, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Any other information on additional forms of revenue?

  2. hildezero - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    “His potential bonus for the U.S.’s performance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup ranges from $500,000 to $10.5 million”

    Damn. I don’t know if Klinsy is a guy who loves money and if that’s the most thing he cares about, but if he did, winning the World Cup would be a must for him. $_$

    • mlsconvert88888 - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      That’s economic motivation son!

  3. randomhookup - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    You left out mentioning total sponsorship revenues — about $23M annually. Otherwise, it would sound like the fed is losing $20M+ per year.

    I’m also interested in the $4.5M in “International game revenue” — is that from other federations playing matches in the US?

  4. jdfsquared - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Ok, so I feel a little stupid asking this question, given how big a fan of the USMNT I am, but… Do the national team players get paid? If so, how much?

    • talgrath - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      Yes, they are, but it’s the same pay for every player and it isn’t a great deal of money; the main reason (aside from national pride) to play for your team is that it raises your profile, which usually gets you better contracts. US players don’t draw salaries, they draw “stipends”, intended to cover the costs of travel and other expenses, players can’t draw salaries since they aren’t guaranteed a spot on the roster. As a hint for the future, any time you hear about a collective bargaining agreement, they are talking about pay.

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