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June 20, 2020

Executive Compensation at the US Soccer Federation (2018-2019)

by Anne Paddock

The US Soccer Federation (USSF) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.  Recognized as the official governing body of soccer in the US, the USSF itself is governed by a Board of Directors (15, the majority of whom are male) and the by-laws and policies adopted by the Board of Directors and the National Council (the representative membership body of the USSF).

There are two national teams:  the US Mens National Team (USMNT) and the US Women’s National Team (USWNT). In March, 2019, the members of the USWNT filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the USSF in the US District Court, which is currently on appeal.

In 2018, the USSF reported $115 million in revenue, most of which came from sponsorships, royalties, and the Open Cup. Expenses were $132 million.  The excess expenses were covered by the general fund (which some people refer to as the endowment) that had $163 million at the beginning of the year. After deducting the $17 million in excess expenses and adding $2 million in unrealized gains on investments, USSF had $148 million in net fund assets at year-end.

The largest expense for USSF was compensation.  1,228 employees received $37 million in compensation, which equates to an average compensation of $30,000. 77 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 19 most highly compensated employees listed below:

  • $1,475,000:  Juergen Klinsmann, Former MNT Head Coach
  • $  930,879:  Dan Flynn, CEO
  • $  816,780:  Joseph Berater, CC and SO
  • $  489,358:  Tabare Ramos, U2OM Head Coach and YTD
  • $  436,417:  Lydia Wahlke, Legal Counsel
  • $  418,645:  Jill Ellis, WNT Head Coach (as of 12/18)
  • $  375,210:  Tom King, Managing Director Admin
  • $  361,962:  Brian Remedi, CAO
  • $  319,840:  George Chiampas, Chief Medical Officer
  • $  313,390:  Alexandra Carrasco, WNT Player
  • $  313,390:  Carli Hollins, WNT Player
  • $  313,109:  Gregg Berhaltr, MNT Head Coach (as of 12/18)
  • $  312,142:  Crystal Soubrier, WNT Player
  • $  305,778:  Earnie Stewart, MNT Gen Manager (as of 7/18)
  • $  304,142:  Lindsey Horan, WNT Player
  • $  304,140:  Julie Ertz, WNT Player
  • $  304,140:  Alyssa Naeher, WNT Player
  • $  304,140:  Megan Rapinoe, WNT Player
  • $  271,916:  David Sarachan, MNT Head Coach (thru 11/18)

10 of the 19 most highly compensated employees are male while 9 are female. 7 of the 10 most highly compensated employees are male while 3 are female. It appears, based on the above list, that the coaches for the men’s national team (MNT) were more highly compensated than the coaches for the women’s national team (WNT).

USSF paid for first class or charter travel. Specifically, members of both senior national teams, their coaching staffs, and senior national team administrators may fly via charter for team or business purposes.  One officer, four key employees, and seven of the highest compensated employees traveled via charter at least once.

USSF paid for health club fees of $195 per month for Dan Flynn and Joseph Berhalter.

USSF paid for personal tax and accounting services in the amount of $34,242.

USSF paid Juergen Klinsmann $1, 475,000 per the terms of a severance buyout agreement.

USSF paid $28.5 million to Don Garber, a board member and commissioner of MLS, who is also the President of Soccer United Marketing, a marketing partner.

USSF paid 16 independent contractors more than $100,000 with the five most highly compensated listed below:

  • $1.5 million:  Double Pass BVBA of Brussels, Belgium for soccer consulting
  • $1.2 million:  Statsports North America of Chicago, IL for player health support
  • $1.2 million:  AKQA of San Francisco, CA for web consulting
  • $0.7 million:  Perform Media Channels Ltd of Chicago, IL for scouting
  • $0.5 million:  Philippka-Sportverlag GMBH &  Co of Munster, Germany for coach/ref education

To read the IRS Form 990 (2018 for the year ending March 31, 2019), click here.

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