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.