BY PAUL KENNEDY
According to U.S. Soccer reports for fiscal year 2001-02, the U.S. men's national team will earn $12,065,000 in bonuses if it wins every game at the 2002 World Cup. The
pool includes $900,000 as a qualifying bonus and $575,000 as a roster bonus. U.S. Soccer has budgeted a bonus of $110,000 per point in the first round and a bonus of $1,850,000 for reaching the second
round. U.S. Soccer is expected to receive $3 million ($1 million a game) from FIFA for showing up for the 2002 World Cup. It will receive an estimated $1 million for each game after the first
round. In addition, its agreement with Nike calls for a $1 million bonus if the U.S. reaches the second round. Win bonuses in subsequent World Cup 2002 games are $1,500,000 (second round),
$1,750,000 (quarterfinals), $2,000,000 (semifinals) and $2,500,000 (final). The qualifying bonus will be spread among players who were on the U.S. game rosters for CONCACAF qualifiers. The amount
each player will get -- the distribution is determined by the players -- will depend on the number of games he was on the roster. The other bonuses will be spread among the 23 players on the U.S.
World Cup roster. If the United States were to go through to the second round at Korea/Japan 2002 with six points, the players would earn average bonuses of more than $134,000, in addition to the
bonus money they earned for qualifying. If the United States were to win every game at the World Cup, the players would earn average bonuses of more than $485,000, in addition to the bonus money
they earned for qualifying. The members of the U.S. women's national team are believed to have earned roughly $59,000 per player for winning the 1999 Women's World Cup.