Gregg Berhalter, Earnie Stewart, and Kate Markgraf are USSF’s Top Earners
Markgraf’s male counterpart, Brian McBride, who has overseen the men’s program since January 2020, earned $369,252, 40% less than Markgraf.
Markgraf, however, is also the head of women’s soccer for the USSF, which calls for regular interaction with the National Women’s Soccer League, Concacaf and FIFA, the regional and global governing bodies, respectively. She is also the USSF’s spokesperson on women’s issues, a spokesperson for the federation said.
Vlatko Andonovski, coach of the top-ranked women’s team, had a base salary of $347,597 in 2020 and received $390,014 in total – the first public record for his earnings since Markgraf hired him at the fall 2019.
As part of preparations for the Concacaf World Cup qualifying tournament this summer in Monterrey, Mexico, Team USA will host the seventh annual SheBelieves Cup, starting Thursday in Carson. Andonovski’s contract runs until the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Her predecessor, Jill Ellis, had a base of $516,000 in her senior year (2019). After stepping down as coach shortly after winning a second World Cup title, Ellis remained on the USSF payroll in 2020 as an ambassador and raised $442,598.
Her responsibilities included growing women’s sport and overseeing a mentorship program for aspiring female coaches. Her contract expired in March 2021 and she is now president of the San Diego Wave of the NWSL.
The U.S. women’s team players, who are in a long-running pay dispute with the federation, received around $255,000 each in 2020, including bonuses. In 2019, they earned around $470,000, but that included bonuses for winning the World Cup. (Players on the men’s team have a separate collective bargaining agreement and do not receive salaries.)
Tax documents also show that the USSF paid $112,606 to John Cone, husband of federation president Cindy Parlow Cone. As a sports science educator, John Cone did business with the USSF for 17 years, before his wife was appointed vice president of the federation in 2019 and president in 2020 after Carlos resigned. Cordeiro.
Cordeiro challenges her in the March 5 election. This is an unpaid position.
The federation spent $66,000 in lobbying efforts in Washington — $49,400 in 2019 and $16,600 in 2020 — to help thwart claims by the women’s team in the pay dispute, tax documents show.