Real Madrid set to receive $3.4 million compensation after Sami Khedira injury


Kirsten Schlewitz told you about this one yesterday: Real Madrid stalwart Sami Khedira, a fixture in midfield this season for Carlo Ancelotti, is potentially out six months after injuring his knee. After 14 all-competition appearances, recording one goal and one assist, the 26-year-old German international may be out until near the end of the season, using only few La Liga matches to regain fitness before World Cup prep begins.

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This is obviously a huge setback for Germany and Real Madrid, but Khedira’s club is going to see some of their inconvenience offset. Per FIFA rules, the world soccer governing body compensates clubs for every day a player misses beyond the first 28 with an injured suffered on international duty. That compensation: Covering the player’s salary.

Khedira makes just over $22,000 per day with Real Madrid. If his ACL tear keeps him out for the projected six months, FIFA will owe the Merengues just under $3.7 million, according to today’s reports out of Spain.

Had Cristiano Ronaldo (earning an estimated $28.3 million per year) suffered the same injury, FIFA would be set to cut Real Madrid a check for $11.8 million.

After being injured in Friday’s second half against Italy, Khedira underwent surgery Saturday in Augsburg, a procedure that will see him confined to the city recovering for three weeks. With no reported complications, German doctor Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt said the national team remains “very hopeful that [Khedira will] be able to return in time for the World Cup.”

The earliest Germany would start begin Brazil 2014 is June 13. Later, we’ll circle back to talk about what the injury means for the nationalmannschaft’s preparations as well as Real Madrid’s quest to claim a 10th European title.

MLS Snapshot: Seattle Sounders 1-1 Los Angeles Galaxy

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The game in 100 words (or less): The Los Angeles Galaxy became the second team in the Western Conference to clinch a berth in the playoffs following a 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders. A terrible mistake from Seattle defender Zach Scott led to an easy goal for Robbie Keane, and it looked like that would be the winner until deep into stoppage time. In the 93rd minute, Chad Barrett got his knee on a corner kick to save a draw for Seattle, although the point was enough for LA. The Galaxy join FC Dallas as the two Western Conference teams headed to the postseason.

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Three moments that mattered

36′ — Robbie Keane capitalizes on Seattle’s mistake — Zach Scott misplayed a ball across the Sounders’ back line, as Robbie Keane intercepted the pass and finished one of the easiest goals he’s going to score. A true striker’s goal, Keane doesn’t miss ones like this.

64′ — Steven Gerrard denied by the woodwork — Los Angeles nearly made it 2-0 right after the hour mark, but Steven Gerrard was just inches off. Gerrard rose up to meet a corner kick from Juninho, but his header took a deflection and hit the crossbar before being cleared out of the box by Seattle.

90’+3′ — Chad Barrett finds a late, late equalizer — Just when it looked like LA was going to leave Seattle with a win, Chad Barrett stole a point for the Sounders. Marco Pappa whipped in a corner kick to the near post, which was flicked on by Brad Evans. Barrett surged into the box and got a knee on the ball as the match ended in a draw.

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Man of the match: Steven Gerrard

Goalscorers: Keane (36′), Barrett (90’+3′)

MLS Snapshot: Colorado Rapids 1-2 Real Salt Lake

SANDY UT - MARCH 14: Olmes Garcia #13 of Real Salt Lake celebrates his goal during their game against the Philadelphia Union at Rio Tinto Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Sandy, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
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The game in 100 words (or less): Real Salt Lake stays alive in the hunt for a playoff berth in the Western Conference with a crucial 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids. After falling behind early, RSL scored twice before halftime and held onto the lead for the rest of the match, moving within three points of the final playoff spot in the West. Real Salt Lake has three matches remaining, including a massive clash against the Portland Timbers, which will pretty much decide their season. For Colorado, it’s another year without playoff soccer.

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Three moments that mattered

16′ — Doyle heads Colorado into the lead — The former Premier League man gave the home side an early lead, thanks to a powerful header from quite a bit out. Sean St. Ledger played in a cross, where Doyle snapped a header into the top corner past Nick Rimando.

33′ — Joao Plata bends in the free kick — Trailing 1-0, Joao Plata drew RSL level with a brilliant free kick. Plata’s shot dipped over the wall and under the crossbar, as Clint Irwin stood helpless in goal for Colorado.

43′ — Mulholland fires home a volley to put RSL ahead — Luke Mulholland scored his first goal of the season, and it was a beauty. A corner kick popped out to the midfielder at the top of the box, as he rifled a shot off the bounce and into the side netting.

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Man of the match: Luke Mulholland

Goalscorers: Doyle (16′), Plata (33′), Mulholland (43′)