Members of China's women's national team could reportedly earn up to $250,000 apiece with a World Cup win over the United States.
According to multiple Chinese media reports, via USA Today, the Chinese Football Association is prepared to pay its players handsomely if they pull off a upset over the USA on Friday. The two teams play at 7:30 ET for a trip to the tournament's semifinal round.
CFA vice president Yu Hongchen has guaranteed a bonus in the neighborhood of $160,000 for each player after China defeated Cameroon in the Round of 16. USA Today reports that number could increase by "40 to 60 percent" with a win in Friday's quarterfinals.
The last time China advanced beyond its current stage was 1999, when it lost to the U.S. in the final. The Americans' win (5-4 on penalties after a 0-0 draw) marks the last time the two sides met in World Cup play, in a match sealed by Brandi Chastain's famous spot-kick.
- Jeremy Woo