U.S. national team coaches’ earnings

September 25, 2013
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Juergen Klinsmann will earn between $500,000 and $10.5 million in bonuses based on how deep the U.S. national team advances at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The scale was included in the U.S. Soccer Federation’s audited financial statements for April 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013, which were posted on the USSF’s website this week.

Klinsmann’s base salary is $2.5 million — the largest in USSF coaching history. The statement did not include a breakdown of Klinsmann’s potential bonuses for the World Cup performance, but presumably he would receive the minimum amount for earning points in the group stage and the maximum figure for winning the championship.

It is unclear how much he received for guiding the national team to a World Cup berth.

Klinsmann accepted the position in July 2011 and is under contract until Aug. 31, 2014.

Under his leadership, the U.S. team this month qualified for the World Cup with two matches to spare and are 25-9-6 overall (14-3-2 this year). A 12-game winning streak this summer was the longest in program history.

The Americans will conclude the qualifying stage with their inconsequential matches against Jamaica on Oct. 11 in Kansas City, Kan., and at Panama four days later. They are also set to play two friendlies in November: at Scotland on Nov. 15 and at a European venue (probably Austria) four days later.

The World Cup draw is Dec. 6 at a resort in Brazil’s Bahia state.

U.S. women’s national team coach Tom Sermanni, hired at the beginning of this year, will receive a base salary of between $195,000 and $210,000 annually through the end of 2016. He will also earn bonuses of between $25,000 and $80,000 for success at each the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada and 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

A clause in Sermanni’s contract says, in case of termination, the USSF must continue paying him for six months.

The USSF paid his predecessor, Pia Sundhage, about $190,000 before bonuses and other guarantees in her final year, which included the Olympic gold medal in London.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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