Seattle Sounders star Deandre Yedlin will likely double his salary by catching the eye of Juergan Klinsman and making the final 23-man roster for the USMNT.
With the announcement of the final roster cuts for the USMNT on Thursday, Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated reported that US players will receive a minimum of $76,000 dollars for making the final roster. Wahl goes into more detail:
Every U.S. player who makes the final World Cup squad will receive a minimum of $76,000 from U.S. Soccer, according to a source close to the national team who has seen the most recent collective bargaining agreement with U.S. Soccer. That figure combines $55,000 for earning a spot in the final 23; $5,500 per game for being on the roster for the three World Cup group-stage matches; and a minimum $1,500 per game for being in camp for the three pre-Cup friendlies against Azerbaijan, Turkey and Nigeria.
All thought Brad Evans was cut from the final roster, he will still make a minimum of $3,000. The monetary drop in not making the final roster for players who aren’t making millions of dollars for their respective clubs is more than significant. Had Evans made it he would van gone from $293,000 in 2014 according to MLS Players union to nearly $370,000.
For youngster Deande Yedlin there is a substantial reward for making the trip to Brazil. Yedlin’s base salary in MLS is $80,000 with a guaranteed compensation amount of $92,000. This means Yedlin will nearly double his earnings for the year just for making the team, not including how far that team may or may not go.
If the team gets out of the group stage the financial windfall for players increases exponentially. Wahl reports if the USMNT were to reach the quarterfinals like they did in 2002, each player would receive nearly $400,000.
While many say they play for the love of the game and country, make no mistake, the money at stake only serves to increase the competition for players who eventually made the final 23-man roster.
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