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When U.S. Soccer sealed the deal to make Jurgen Klinsmann head coach of the men's national team, it was evident that the federation was making a big investment in Klinsmann and his outlook for the program. Now it's clear just how big that investment was.
Klinsmann is being paid $2.5 million in base salary by U.S. Soccer, according to financial statements obtained by the Washington Post.
By contrast, previous coach Bob Bradley, who was fired a year into his second four-year stint with the national team, made less than a fourth of that amount (before incentives and bonuses) during each one of his years at the helm.
Klinsmann signed a three-year deal with U.S. Soccer in August and will guide the national team through the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
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