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U.S. Lifting the World Cup? – A Shock to the Planet and the Wallet

Most U.S. soccer fans occupy a place somewhere between realism and pessimism in their support of the national team.

But for the 23-man roster, there’s a reason – thousands of them, actually – to dream big.

Turns out that U.S. players are guaranteed the biggest payout for a World Cup victory than any other team in the field.

It would be the highest per-player payout in history, netting each U.S. player $895,000 should they lift the World Cup.

Spain and England’s players would reportedly earn around £500,000 a piece to win the tournament, while Brazil’s players are only slated to earn about half of that total.

From the article…

If the USA don’t gain a single point, each player will still pick up $78,447 (£54,102) in agreed bonus money from the U.S. Soccer Federation. This will come from a pot of $1.5 million set aside by U.S. Soccer for qualifying for the finals, plus an appearance fee of $4,410 per man per game in South Africa, regardless of whether they actually play.

Collectively the squad will receive an extra $180,000 per point won in the group stage, to a maximum of $1.6m for nine points for games against England, Slovenia and Algeria.

Qualifying from the group will trigger an extra squad payment of $2.85m. Reaching the quarterfinals will earn $3.4m more. Reaching the semifinals will be worth another $2.7m.

Winning the semi-final then losing the final will be worth another $6.9m, while winning the semi-final and final will earn the squad pot another $7.8m.

A pot of appearance money set aside by US Soccer is worth a maximum of $710,010, or $4,410 per man for up to seven games. That makes the total potential bonus pot $20.6m, or $895,131 per man.

Think the players have a chance of cashing in on the biggest World Cup winner’s bonus in history?

They’ll punch the clock for the first time in thr 2010 World Cup on Saturday afternoon against England (1:30 p.m., ABC).

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  1. Jack in TX

    June 8, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    I don’t think financial incentives come into play in the WC. I wish our selection well. But if they aren’t naturally motivated to win at the largest sporting event in the world, then throwing money at them won’t endow them with desire or greater skills.

    That being said, I REALLY want them to take the group and punish England.

  2. Dan

    June 8, 2010 at 11:57 am

    I think that the USA has a very good chance of reaching the semi-finals if we can gather 3 points from England. That would probably finish us at top of the group and we would realistically have Ghana and then France to make Semis, which would probably be against Brasil. Gaining 3 points from England is a very good possibility since they are not playing very well in their friendlies and England is infamous for playing poorly in the WCup. They think they are better than they really are which leaves a huge weakness to exploit. The fact the English are giving us little to no credit and writing the USA off as an easy win is exactly why so many “big” teams in the past have bowed out. Look at Brasil in ’06, probably the most talented team every to be fielded for a nation, but also the biggest egos…

    • suckerpunch

      June 8, 2010 at 12:17 pm

      I don’t know about the English fans or media, but I think its laughable to imply that the players & coaches see the US as an “easy win”. They don’t.
      I am not saying that its impossible for the US to beat England, but if they do, it won’t be because the players & coaches gave us no credit.

    • Charles

      June 8, 2010 at 2:45 pm

      I dont think that England plays badly in the World Cup, they are one of the few elite that almost always make the second round ( when they make the tourney ). Mexico and the other past winners being the others.

      I think the “playing badly” you mention is more a factor of being overrated by fans in the first place. As a team that has around the 8th best World Cup performance for countries on aggregate, they should get knocked out in the quarterfinals.

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