The World Cup costs billions to put on and rakes in millions for FIFA, but what do the players earn for their participation in the summer tournament?
For well-compensated superstars like Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley, it’s a pittance, but for the two Real Salt Lake players in the U.S. squad, it’s a pretty nice chunk of change.
According to Spotrac.com, RSL midfielder Kyle Beckerman is scheduled to make $378,750 this year, while goalkeeper Nick Rimando will be paid $235,833. That World Cup bonus is just under 21 percent of Beckerman’s entire 2014 RSL salary and 32 percent of Rimando’s.
Not bad for a "summer vacation" in Brazil.
— Brennan Smith
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