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Tax returns reveal pay gap between Jill Ellis and former USMNT coaches

February 21, 2020 By Juan Aguerrevere
Tax returns show the salaries for the fiscal year ending on march 31, 2019, and the pay gap between Jill Ellis and current, former USMNT managers is probably worse than what you expected.

We all know that the U.S. Women's National Team players earn less than their male counterparts despite excelling in their craft. In fact, the USWNT just filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against U.S. Soccer demanding $66 million in damages. And things keep getting worse for the federation as tax returns surfaced revealing compensation figures for the year ending on March 31, 2019. And let me tell you, the men's coaches have been making a lot more money than Jill Ellis who has been there for longer and won almost everything there is to win with the Stars and Stripes.

Enough talking for now and time to check out the numbers.

The current U.S. Men's National Team manager, Gregg Berhalter, was hired on December 2, 2018, and earned nearly as much as Jill Ellis did for the whole fiscal year in just four months. Berhalter was compensated $304,113 from the U.S. Soccer Federation for four months. Meanwhile, Ellis, who became the women's coach in 2014, earned $390,409 in the 2018-2019 fiscal year - her fourth year as head coach.

Ellis qualified for the 2019 Women's World Cup, won the World Cup and was voted FIFA Women's Coach of the Year before leaving her position in October 2019. Of course, we don't have the figures from April 1, 2019, until the day Ellis stepped down in October 2019, but we do know that her base salary was raised to $500,000 in late 2018 according to a Sports Illustrated source.

Now, this is when things get silly. Newly appointed Houston Dynamo head coach Tab Ramos made $460,772 last year as the men's U-20 head coach. That is nearly $70,000 more than what Ellis made on the fiscal year.

On February 1, 2018, The USSF paid $1,475,000 to Jürgen Klinsmann, who was fired in November 2016. He also received $3,354,167 in the previous fiscal year ending March 31, 2018.

Bruce Arena, who replaced Klinsmann, failed to qualify for the World Cup in 2018 received $1,249,348 on the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2018.

Other than Ramos, I see a lot of failure – the U.S. Men's national team under Klinsmann, Arena and Berhalter - and lots of money compensating those failures . On the other hand, I saw and lived through Jill Ellis' success with the USWNT, but it is clear that her success and that of the USWNT is not valued by the USSF.

The trial between women's national team and the U.S. Soccer Federation is set to begin on May 5 in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles and I wouldn't be surprised if this data is used against the federation.


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