Should the US find a way to win the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa this summer, they are in line to receive the largest bonuses of any of the 32 teams, this according to the latest Collective Bargaining Agreement. The CBA dictates payment for both Major League Soccer and the US National Team.

If the USMNT happens to reach, and win, the Final, each player stands to receive $895,000. Under the same result, the players from Spain and Brazil would each receive $725,000 and $367,000 respectively.

According to the website Sporting Intelligence:

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 US Soccer Federation. This will come from a pot of $1.5m set aside by US 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 quarter-finals will earn $3.4m more. Reaching the semi-finals 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

Oddsmakers have placed the US generally between 10 and 15 out of the field of 32, so it isn’t altogether likely that any of the US players will actually make nearly $1 million. It also isn’t likely (hopefully) that they will have a repeat of 1998′s miserable campaign where they finished 0-3 having scored just 1 goal, barely worse than 2006′s 0-2-1 with 2 goals.

If you look at the United States’ last 5 Cups starting in 1990, a pattern has emerged. In 1990, 1998, and 2006, the US failed to advance past the group stage (first round). Then in 1994 and 2002, they reached the Round of 16 and then the Quarterfinals. Assuming this trend continues they could easily fly home with six-figures in their bank accounts.

One final item: In 2002 the USMNT finished 1-1-1 in group play (4 points), then went on to beat Mexico in the second round before the controversial loss to the Germans in the next round.  Under this CBA, and assuming I still know how to use a calculator, those players would have received:

  • For qualifying – $65,217 per player
  • 4 points in group stage – $31,304 per player
  • Advancing out of group stage – $123,913 per player
  • Win over Mexico – $147,826 per player
  • Appearance money of $4,410/game (5 games)
  • Total = $350,310 per player

The players have come a long way since earning a paltry $250 playing in 1993.  Someone get Landon Donovan on the phone, this is some serious money.