U.S. soccer tax records, 2012-13

(U.S. Soccer Federation) (U.S. Soccer Federation)

According to newly released U.S. Soccer Federation tax records for April 2012-March 2013 …

Juergen Klinsmann collected $2.515 million — consistent with the figure first revealed in USSF financial statements in December 2011.

He recently agreed to a contract extension through the 2018 World Cup. Terms were not disclosed and will not appear in USSF documents until late this year, but it’s safe to assume his base salary is now around $3 million. Depending on how the Americans fare in Brazil, Klinsmann will also receive a bonus of between $500,000 and $10.5 million.

Klinsmann’s predecessor, Bob Bradley, collected $530,000 in the 2012-13 period — despite departing in the summer of 2011. The USSF had fired him before his contract expired and was obligated to continue paying him.

Women’s coach Pia Sundhage earned $322,000 before stepping down in late 2012, nine months into the tax year. Her successor, Tom Sermanni, did not appear in the latest tax records because he was on the job for just three months when the period closed.

CEO Dan Flynn was the second highest-paid employee behind Klinsmann at $626,000 — a slight increase from the previous year.

For the first time, tax records show how much the USSF compensated women’s national team players. The reason? Full-time duty with the USSF combined with Olympic bonuses, the post Olympic victory tour and NWSL contracts. (The federation subsidizes the league by paying the salaries of about two-dozen players.)

Three are listed:

Alex Morgan: $282,564

Becky Sauerbrunn: $274,871

Christie Rampone: $272,913

Presumably, the other national team regulars were close behind.

Why were only three players on the list?

The USSF is required to reveal only the 10 highest-compensated employees. Five are always officers — chief executive, chief administrative, chief financial, general counsel and administrator. In 2011-12, an attorney was included. So was Klinsmann, Bradley, Sundhage and the under-20 men’s coach.

The only time male players appear on the list is after the World Cup, when substantial bonuses are paid out. (The men make most of their money not from the federation, but from their clubs.) For their work at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, many players received more than $300,000 from the USSF.

USSF President Sunil Gulati and the board of directors are not compensated.


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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