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U.S. Soccer releases coaches’ earnings, possible World Cup, Olympic bonuses

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The United States Soccer Federation’s tax forms and the amount it pays its coaches are no secret. This week, U.S. Soccer released its audited financial statements for the year ending March 31, 2013.

It sits among a treasure trove of financial data from the federation dating back to 2006 on its website. Among the information listed is U.S. men’s head coach Jürgen Klinsmann and women’s head coach Tom Sermanni’s contract details.

Klinsmann is under contract through Aug. 31, 2014, making $2.5 million per year. His potential bonus for the U.S.’s performance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup ranges from $500,000 to $10.5 million — presumably increasing the further the team progresses in the competition.

Sermanni’s deal runs out Dec. 31, 2016. His base salary ranges from $195,000 to $210,000 throughout his contract, and he is up for bonuses between $25,000 and $80,000 based on 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics performances. In addition, if he is fired, U.S. Soccer must continue to pay him for six months at his rate when he is terminated.

Also included in the document is a brief overview of U.S. Soccer’s Nike sponsorship, which runs out on Dec. 31, 2014. Under the agreement, the federation benefitted from nearly $13 million worth of revenue, including $2.45 million in equipment at wholesale prices.

Speaking of agreements, the U.S. men’s collective bargaining agreement runs through Dec. 31, 2018, while the women’s agreement expired Dec. 31, 2012. A “memo of understanding” is the current authoritative document while a new CBA is drafted for the women.

The federation made $22,285,102 in national team game revenues in the year ending March 31 and $1,120,596 in revenue on the U.S. Open Cup. Expenses during that same time were $45,372,048 from national teams — $12.8 million from the men, $12.7 million from youth teams and $9.5 million from the women — and $593,886 from the Open Cup.

Some of the biggest non-team expenses in the document come from facilities. The National Training Center, which sits on the Anschutz Southern California Sports Complex in Carson, Calif., cost $250,000 in the first three years and increases each year based on the Consumer Price Index. The deal runs from Feb. 20, 2002, to Feb. 20, 2027.

In Frisco, Texas, the USSF made four payments totaling $5 million to offset construction costs of FC Dallas’ stadium and the complex surrounding it in 2006, soon after it was built. The USSF’s agreement there runs out Dec. 31, 2025.

The National Women’s Soccer League is not paying the USSF for use of the federation’s Chicago headquarters as the league’s base of operations. However, the USSF is required to make a minimum contribution for shared expenses between $1.1 million and $1.4 million this year to the Professional Referee Organization.

VIDEO: 70-yard volley from Chile is nearly impossible to believe

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His name is Alejandro Camargo, and he scored what might just go down as the best goal of 2016 on Sunday: an impossibly perfect volley from well beyond the halfway line.

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Miguel Pinto is the opposing goalkeeper whose long-range clearance, which covered about 50 yards during the final seconds of Universidad de Concepcion’s clash with O’Higgins in the Chilean first division, was taken off the fly, first-time, by the Argentine midfielder to seal a 3-1 victory for the home side.

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“The coach told us Pinto was always playing in advance of his goal, so I closed my eyes and hit it,” Camargo said after the game.

“Hit it and hope” has never looked so good.

Roma fans stay away from derby to protest new security barriers

A view of a huge section of empty seats as Roma fans desert derby in protest over security barriers, during a Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Roma, at the Rome Olympic stadium Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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ROME (AP) Roma’s most ardent supporters stayed away from the derby match against Lazio in protest at barriers introduced at the start of last season in their area.

Normally filled with supporters waving huge banners, lighting flares and singing, half of the “curva sud” — southern end — of the Stadio Olimpico was left empty for Sunday’s match.

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Three of Roma’s locally born standouts held a meeting with the “ultra” fans during the week. Captain Francesco Totti, Daniele De Rossi and Alessandro Florenzi asked the supporters to return, and the club itself has also tried to resolve the matter.

But the appeals had no effect.

In contrast, Lazio fans filled the northern end of the stadium as usual.

The plexiglass barriers were put in place by city officials for security reasons.

VIDEO: “Behind The Badge: Watford FC” — Episode 2

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In Episode 2 of Behind the Badge: Watford FC, watch the players’ recovery after a win against Leicester, a look at the club’s one-of-a-kind internship program and a flashback to a memorable moment in Watford’s history.

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To watch past episodes of Behind The Badge, including last season’s edition featuring a look inside Crystal Palace, head over to the full archive by clicking here.

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First episode: Watch full episode, here
Second episode: Above video
Third episode: Sunday, Dec. 11, 2 p.m. ET – NBCSN
Fourth episode: Sunday, Dec. 18, 2 p.m. ET – NBCSN

Pardew saves his job, says Palace owners “don’t know a lot about football”

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Alan Pardew, Manager of Crystal Palace thumbs up prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Southampton at Selhurst Park on December 3, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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While some may advise that keeping a low profile would best suit Alan Pardew right now, Crystal Palace’s embattled manager is of a totally different mindset.

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Following Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Southampton, in which Pardew’s side saved his job (for the time being), the 55-year-old Eagles boss and former player chose the first bright moment, Palace’s first Premier League win since Sept. 24, to hit out at the club’s new American owners with a scathing assessment of the footballing prowess, or perhaps lack thereof — quotes from the Guardian:

“The chairman got a bit edgy this week, as you’d expect. We have a lot of serious investors at the club who perhaps don’t know a lot about football so the chairman has been defending me.

“I always think as a manager at any level, particularly in the modern era, expect the sack. Just expect it; it’s coming at some stage, so just do your job as best you can. Every week, that’s what I try to do.

“Sometimes it’s hard to dress up six defeats when you’re the owner of the club and you have investors. Obviously there are things he’s got no control over but he’s tried to offer me all the assistance that he could. He’s been brilliant for me and I just want to say thank you to him really.”

With various reports linking Sam Allardyce and Roberto Mancini to a job which he still holds, it’s understandable that Pardew would be slightly on edge, quick to thump his chest and restake his claim as the right man for the job, but perhaps alienating and borderline embarrassing the new investors, who are now responsible for signing your paychecks, wouldn’t have been my go-to move.

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On the other hand, as Pardew rightly stated in the above quotes, his day of reckoning will eventually arrive, so what’s he really got to lose?