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SI’s Wahl breaks down the money in making the US World Cup squad

May 20, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

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There are plenty of benefits to making a World Cup squad, but it’d be foolish to ignore the monetary high-fives that comes from making the team.

Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl has shared the numbers set for members of the United States men’s national team, and the boys who make the cut will do quite well for themselves… especially if they progress in the tournament.

From SI’s Planet Futbol:

Every U.S. player who makes the final World Cup squad will receive a minimum of $76,000 from U.S. Soccer, according to a source close to the national team who has seen the most recent collective bargaining agreement with U.S. Soccer. That figure combines $55,000 for earning a spot in the final 23; $5,500 per game for being on the roster for the three World Cup group-stage matches; and a minimum $1,500 per game for being in camp for the three pre-Cup friendlies against Azerbaijan, Turkey and Nigeria.

It’s an interesting read, especially when you consider that — as Wahl points out — guys like DeAndre Yedlin can nearly double their yearly intake by making the team (Yedlin makes $92,000 for Seattle). Become one of the seven who get cut before June 2’s deadline and your money takes a dive down to $3000.

We won’t take away from Wahl’s great work, so head here for details on how much the World Cup winners will make and so much more.

  1. lavatomy - May 20, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Good article.. I’m wondering if this is a regular thing for all soccer federations? I know players get money for tournaments but what about friendlies and such..

  2. christophershearin - May 20, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    what i want to know is how taxes are broken up. Do the players owe taxes to the brazilian govt for the world cup? How about to the home country when they play a friendly?

    The tax men who keep these guys legal have got to be mad scientists to figure it all out.

    • talgrath - May 20, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      The money is considered to be earned in the US, so it’s pure US taxes.

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