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Bob Bradley's salary and USSF finances

According to the most recent U.S. Soccer Federation tax statement made available for public review, national team coach Bob Bradley earned $499,025 between April 1, 2008, and March 31, 2009. He also received $23,898 from the USSF and other organizations (not specified) for a total of $522,923.

The previous year, Bradley earned $452,500 plus $24,070 ($476,570). Bradley's four-year contract expires in December 2010.

In stark contrast, England Manager Fabio Capello, Bradley's foe in the World Cup opener June 12 in South Africa, has a base salary valued at $7.6 million.

Peter Nowak, Bradley's top assistant who since left the USSF to guide the MLS expansion Philadelphia Union, was paid $230,025 between April 2008 and March 2009 (which included the Beijing Olympics), plus $23,676 in additional compensation ($253,701 total).

Pia Sundhage, coach of the women's national team, received .....

$257,000 in salary and $11,892 extra ($268,892). Thomas Rongen, who oversees the men's under-20 program, earned $150,133 overall.

The highest-paid USSF official is chief executive Dan Flynn at $646,066. President Sunil Gulati, whose full-time job is teaching at Columbia University, is not compensated by the USSF.

As a tax-exempt, non-profit organization, the USSF is required to release its financial statement annually. Bradley's bonuses earned for qualifying for the World Cup last fall were negotiated privately and won't be known until the next tax year.

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By Steve Goff  |  April 27, 2010; 8:24 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team , USSF , Women  | Tags: Bob Bradley, Fabio Capello, Football Association, Philadelphia Union, Pia Sundhage, Soccer, Sunil Gulati, Thomas Rongen, USSF, United States Soccer Federation, World Cup  
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Is anyone having trouble getting the videos to work off of the site? The NYRB site clearly is using the same layout because I can't get the Open Cup match to stream either. Any help would be appreciated.

Posted by: swampdogoh | April 27, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: csd1 | April 27, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

swamp: none of them have ever worked for me

Posted by: Reignking | April 27, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

The new standard for mls doesn't work for most mac users

Posted by: evanskr521 | April 27, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

I'll be watching The Song Remains The Same, if anyone updates the scores that would be cool but I also respect the spoiler side.

Posted by: evanskr521 | April 27, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

I believe MLS uses Silverlight 4.

Did that nationally ranked kid get MOTM?

Posted by: sitruc | April 27, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

WTF? We got a Mac and it works... what's the problem?

Posted by: DadRyan | April 27, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

who knows. boring. RB's won. Philly reeled back a goal with a very nice finish from the ExRaveGreenFrog....:)

Posted by: DadRyan | April 27, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

i guess i've got an old mac. It tells me my system won't support it. 10 years at JMU and I cannot figure out a friggin' computer. Looks like the rest of my life will be snowboarding and riding a bike. Not a jab dadryan I run a shop that specializes in both.

Posted by: evanskr521 | April 27, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Eric Wynalda mentioned last night on Fox Football Fone-in that Nowak got a 10yr contract to join the Philly Union. Is that information correct? That seems absurd.

Posted by: srezendes1 | April 27, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Note that the NY reserves beat Philly's first team. It ended 2-1 but it wasn't that close.

Philly are terrible, far worse than DC.

Posted by: Mastodon_Juan | April 27, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

"WTF? We got a Mac and it works... what's the problem?"

Has to be an Intel Mac, I think.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | April 27, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

dadryan has a mac? Shocker :)

Nope, I've got a regular PC, silverlight 4, firefox....doesn't work.

Posted by: Reignking | April 27, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Bradley for DCU Coach!!!!

Posted by: godpere | April 28, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

@evanskr521, dude I'd trade this here mac of my wife's for a job at a bike/snowboard shop any day of the week..are you talking about one here in the DC metro area?

Posted by: DadRyan | April 28, 2010 1:10 AM | Report abuse

Reignking: in addition to using that abortion Silverlight, they're also using new proprietary audio/video codecs; you may be missing codecs you need.

To check on this, go to one of MLS's pages with a Silverlight video on it. You're probably seeing blank space where the video should be. Right click on it and see if you don't get a menu that includes an option like "Install Microsoft Media Pack" or something like that . . . .

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | April 28, 2010 2:00 AM | Report abuse

Greetings from California. I almost feel like I should apologize for posting something on-topic.

OK, so let's compare. If we look at Bradley's salary and at Sr. Goff's last roster picks for the USMNT 30 (from April 22), and of them look at the MLS players' salaries from 2009 (guaranteed compensation), we get (and it's late, so apologies for missing whoever, whatever):

Landon Donovan, $900,000
BOB BRADLEY, $499,025 (08-09)
Ricardo Clark, $248,050
Brian Ching $242,550
Sacha Kljestan, 203,000
Connor Casey, $200,000
Edson Buddle, $179,950
Robbie Roger, $92,500
Jonathan Bornstein, $90,000
Robbie Findley $72,560
Heath Pearce $57,500
Stuart Holden, $34,728.75

That's 11 out of 30 players. For purposes of argument, let's assume everybody playing in Europe makes more than all of the MLS players except Donovan. Bob Bradley therefore makes more than one-third of his extended roster

Question: Where would the salary of the top-paid coach in any other American sport fall in relation to the top 30 player salaries for that sport? Hypothesis: Top coach salary would be below all 30 of the top player salaries.

Posted by: dccal | April 28, 2010 3:39 AM | Report abuse

Capello's salary is absurd!

Posted by: nairbsod | April 28, 2010 5:39 AM | Report abuse

Rongen should pay his salary back for the fact that USSF have allowed him to have a job.

Posted by: no_recess | April 28, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Thomas Rongen has been a disaster since being hired by the USSF. What a waste of money. Rongen's track record of DEVELOPMENT is miserable and retainment of quality players abysmal.

Posted by: juke2 | April 28, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

If Sacha K makes 200K...he's defintely overpaid by MLS standards.

Posted by: juke2 | April 28, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunate for Pia that her salary doesn't seem to be based on results.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 28, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Where can we find a copy of this report? Is it available online?

Posted by: yankeedoodle190 | April 28, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Does any other WNT coach around the world earn more than Pia?

Posted by: universityandpark | April 28, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Question: Where would the salary of the top-paid coach in any other American sport fall in relation to the top 30 player salaries for that sport? Hypothesis: Top coach salary would be below all 30 of the top player salaries.

Counter example: Phil Jackson. He earns about $12M per year, or more than everyone on his team not named Bryant, Gasol, or Bynum.

Posted by: mason08 | April 28, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Also... MLB managers make significantly more than any pre-arbitration player, no matter how productive that player may be.

Posted by: mason08 | April 28, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

You get what you pay for.

Posted by: Matte | April 28, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the analysis, dccal. It's hard to get definitive salaries from EUFA clubs. Dempsey reportedly is at around $1.9-20 million. I would imagine after him and Howard and maybe Friedel, salaries of U.S. players abroad drop off considerably. In any case, the ratio of exec/coach earnings to players is out of wack for sure. How about a lower base and more of a bonus for WINNING!!! Would it be legal to pay players a bonus for WC wins and draws?

If England doesn't do well, Capello will be out quickly and trashed by the British press, if Bradley and the rest are going to pull down that much money, they should have similar accountability: win or you're gone.

Posted by: bgalindo | April 28, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

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