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Klinsmann earns $2.5 million in base salary from U.S. Soccer

Steven Goff reports in his Washington Post Soccer Insider that Jurgen Klinsmann will earn $2.5 million in base salary to coach the U.S. men’s national team -- more than four times higher than his predecessor, Bob Bradley, and 13 times larger than women's coach Pia Sundhage. The U.S. Soccer Federation’s audited financial statements did not offer other details about Klinsmann’s contract, including incentives and other payments.

Klinsmann signed a three-year contract with the USSF in August. Goff writes that it’s unclear how much the federation paid — or continues to pay — Bradley after his termination. Bradley, 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. She also receives a marketing guarantee of $20,000 annually, and this year met incentives of undisclosed amounts for the World Cup success.

Goff reports that the USSF 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.

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