Washington Post soccer reporter Steven Goff took a look at the USSF’s audited financial statements and announced this morning that new USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann earns $2.5 million in base salary, or roughly four times more than his predecessor, Bob Bradley, was paid for his efforts in the same job.
Bradley’s base salary from 2009 to 2010 was $450,000, but he had a series of bonuses built into his contract, which he earned, pushing his total haul to $800,000 that year.
Goff assumes that Bradley’s salary was bumped up to the $500k-$600k range the following year. (He also suggests Bradley, who was dismissed during the first year of a new, four-year pact, will continue to be paid by the USSF through August 2012, even though he’s now the head coach of Egypt’s national team.)
Since Bradley got his team to the knockout phase at South Africa 2010, if Klinsmann wants to earn his higher salary, he’ll have to get the US to … let’s see … 1X=quarterfinals, 2X=semifinals, 3X=World Cup Final, 4X= ….
Yep, Klinsmann’s team will have to win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil to justify his exorbitant pay.
There you have it. Get cracking Jurgen.