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


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.

WATCH: FC Dallas rocket goal sends Guatemalan rainwater flying off net

TORONTO, ON - MAY 07:  Carlos Lizarazo #22 of FC Dallas looks on during the second half of an MLS soccer game against Toronto FC at BMO Field on May 7, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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Carlos Lizarazo’s ridiculous rocket shook rain off the net in an aesthetically pleasing CONCACAF Champions League goal on Thursday.

The Cruz Azul loanee struck a vicious shot for FC Dallas’ fifth goal, which boosted out of the No. 8 seed for the quarterfinals after a 5-2 win at Suchitepéquez in Guatemala.

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Lizarazo, 25, had two goals in 10 appearances for FCD heading into the game, with both coming in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

FC Dallas advances, giving MLS three teams in CONCACAF Champions League quarters

TORONTO, ON - MAY 07:  Jesse Gonzalez #1 of FC Dallas throws the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer game against Toronto FC at BMO Field on May 7, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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Major League Soccer will have three teams in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League thanks to FC Dallas’ thrilling comeback win on Thursday.

FCD beat Guatemalan side Suchitepéquez 5-2 at the Estadio Mateo Flores after going down by a pair of first half goals.

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Carlos Gruezo and Matt Hedges helped Dallas to level terms by halftime, and Atiba Harris scored just after the break to put FCD ahead. An own goal and a must-watch Carlos Lizarazo 90th minute wonderstrike gave us the final scoreline. Gruezo also added an assist.

A tie would’ve been enough to send Dallas through atop Group H, but the big win moves it ahead of New York Red Bulls. FCD will finish seventh at worst.

FCD joins Vancouver and New York Red Bulls as the MLS representatives in the tournament, and the league will have at-worst the joint-most clubs in the quarters.

[ MORE: PST talks with FCD’s Hedges, Zimmerman ]

Mexican sides UANL Tigres and Pachuca are quarterfinalists, while Panamanian side Arabe Unido and Costa Rican stalwarts Saprissa advanced as well.

The field’s eighth team will be set after the 10 p.m. ET matchup between Honduras Progreso and Mexico’s UNAM.

The Whitecaps are the No. 1 seed, and could well match-up with the Red Bulls if there is a winner between UNAM and Honduras Progreso. If Honduras Progreso advances via draw, the Hondurans will be the No. 8 seed.

Florida businessman pleads guilty in FIFA corruption case

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29:  Aaron Davidson, a sports marketing executive from Florida, leaves a Brooklyn court house with his lawyer after pleading not guilty on Friday to conspiracy and other charges resulting from the FIFA corruption scandal on May 29, 2015 in New York City. Since the case was announced earlier this week, Davidson is the first defendant to be arraigned in a U.S. court.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK (AP) A Florida businessman pleaded guilty in New York to conspiracy charges Thursday in a scheme to pay bribes to high-ranking soccer officials in exchange for media and marketing rights to international soccer tournaments and matches.

Aaron Davidson, 45, entered the plea in Brooklyn federal court. Sentencing before U.S. District Judge Pamela K. Chen was set for April 24, when Davidson could face decades in prison. As part of his plea, he agreed to forfeit more than a half-million dollars.

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Davidson was arrested last year in the FIFA probe after prosecutors said soccer officials accepted $150 million in bribes over a 24-year period in exchange for rigging bids for lucrative marketing rights. Davidson ran a Miami-based marketing firm. He was arrested along with more than a dozen other people in a case prosecuted in the United States on the grounds that illegal payments used U.S. banks and those involved conducted meetings in the United States.

Prosecutors said Davidson negotiated and agreed to make bribe payments totaling more than $14 million, executing multiple criminal schemes including the agreement to pay bribes to a high-ranking official of FIFA, CONCACAF, the Caribbean Football Union and one of FIFA’s national member associations.

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The government said the bribes were paid to secure lucrative media and marketing rights to international soccer tournaments and matches for his company, Traffic USA, and its business partners.

Prosecutors said those sports events included FIFA World Cup qualifiers, the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the CONCACAF Champions League, among others.

The government said its investigation continues.

UEFA president talks up Champions League final in U.S.

ROME, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22:  UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin poses for a picture during UEFA Euro Roma 2020 Official Logo Unveiling on September 22, 2016 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Getty Images)
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UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is open to the idea of the UEFA Champions League final being played outside Europe.

Specifically, Ceferin thinks about New York.

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Ceferin said Thursday that staging the first ever UCL final away from Europe would be discussed at some point.

From FOX:

“To go from Portugal to Azerbaijan for example is almost the same or the same as if you go to New York. For the fans it’s no problem but we should see. It’s a European competition so let’s think about it.”

Given the preseason matches played in the United States, China, and Australia, it makes sense to stage an important UEFA match outside Europe. Those first two countries especially aim to become power players in the game, and certainly it would benefit UEFA to showcase its absolute finest (if only as a reminder).

We don’t get to see entire first teams playing the game in earnest when friendlies hit U.S. soil, and the successful Copa America showed UEFA that CONMEBOL and CONCACAF trust the States with critical matches.

Selfishly, of course we want this. And selfishly, of course Europe wants to keep it. Their fans wouldn’t necessarily want to take an incredibly expensive trip to see a UCL final.