U.S. Soccer Federation’s decision to fire Jurgen Klinsmann was a costly one

Jurgen Klinsmann has been fired as the coach of the United States men’s national team in November 2016 following some disappointing results, including defeats at the hands of Mexico and Costa Rica in World Cup qualifiers last year. Klinsmann oversaw U.S. men’s national team for 98 games following his appointment in 2011, registering 55 wins, 15 draws and just 28 defeats in this term. Furthermore, he managed to lead the team into the knockout stage at the 2014 World Cup. He was under contract through the 2018 World Cup, but following those disappointing results, he has been replaced by former La Galaxy coach Bruce Arena.

The decision to fire Klinsmann may have been necessary, but according to a document from the 2017 USSF Annual General Meeting, this action cost the federation about $6.2 million. The US soccer federation incurred a “one-time non-cash account charge of ($6.2M) related to the MNT coaching staff changes. It’s still unclear whether Klinsmann is still being compensated or he was given a one-time severance package, but both options are possible. Klinsmann’s wage was $3.050.813, which was the highest salary in U.S. Soccer Federation history.

The same report also notes that the federation made a profit of $4.3 million, in addition to the $46 million generated by the Copa America, after taking into account Jurgen Klinsmann’s payout.

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