The US Soccer Federation are in the mix for a windfall of $13million from FIFA for qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
The USA national team, along with Costa Rica, were the first two from CONCACAF to make it through to the finals to be held in Brazil next summer and will be remunerated handsomely for their efforts.
The commission president of Costa Rica’s federation, Adrian Gutierrez, told La Nacion: “The last communication from FIFA was $13 million and that's what I've been informed by the federation treasury.”
However, USSF spokesman Neil Buethe said that a majority of the money will not be seen by the federation itself.
“It’s not a major windfall going into our account,” said Buethe. “The vast majority of the funds we received from FIFA for qualifying for previous World Cups went towards player appearances, bonuses and per diem.
“We expect that to be the same for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.”
Buethe did say it was a major positive for the US to qualify for Brazil 2014 as it simply creates a mound of publicity.
“It’s exposure,” Buethe added. “People who watch the World Cup might find it interesting enough to check out a national team game the next time US Soccer is in their city for a qualifier or a friendly.
“Qualifying to the World Cup is hugely beneficial.”