Juergen Klinsmann will earn $2.5 million in base salary to coach the U.S. men’s national soccer team — more than four times higher than his predecessor, Bob Bradley, and 13 times larger than women’s coach Pia Sundhage.
No other details about Klinsmann’s contract, including incentives and other payments, appeared in the U.S. Soccer Federation’s audited financial statements.
Klinsmann, a German icon, signed a three-year contract with the USSF in August. He replaced Bradley, the 2010 World Cup coach who was dismissed just one year into a new, four-year deal. According to the USSF documents, Bradley was entitled to compensation through August 2012.
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It’s unclear how much the federation paid — or continues to pay — Bradley after his termination. Bradley, who is now coaching Egypt’s national team, had a base salary of about $450,000 between April 2009 and March 2010. (He also earned bonuses, pushing his total to more than $800,000.) Presumably, Bradley’s base figure rose to between $500,000 and $600,000 when he signed the new pact in September 2010.
Sundhage, who guided the United States to the 2008 Olympic gold medal and second place at the Women’s World Cup last summer, has a base salary of $190,000 in the final year of a contract that expires next November. She also receives a marketing guarantee of $20,000 annually, and this year met incentives of undisclosed amounts for the World Cup success.
Meantime, the Insider has learned that the Chicago-based organization is bracing for losses over two to three years after reporting gains in recent years. One source cited Klinsmann’s contract, an increased financial commitment to officiating programs at the pro level and expansion of the Development Academy, which was created in 2007 to improve the quality of the national youth system.
The federation will look to boost revenue when it renews — or enters into new — sponsorship deals after the current pacts expire in December 2014.
Between April 2010 and March 2011, the USSF received $11 million from Nike and $5.6 million from Soccer United Marketing, an MLS-owned entity that has a representation agreement with the federation.