USA – Slovenia Analysis

The referee may have stolen a win, but poor defending was the cause of the tie. FFG breaks down Slovenia’s goals and USA’s second half adjustments.

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Tactical Trends and the USA: 4-2-3-1

With defensive-minded Slovenia coming to town on Friday, could USA benefit from a new formation?

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USA – England Tactical Analysis

Bob Bradley’s Patrick Henry speech (Give me defensive midfielders or give me death!) proves prophetic.

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USA – England Preview

Tomorrow’s titanic clash between USA and England has received plenty of hype, so FFG offers something a little different – actual analysis!

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Steve Cherundolo: Touch Tracker

For each national team game, FFG tracks the performance of at least one player. Yesterday it was Steve Cherundolo’s turn.

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USA – Australia Tactical Analysis

Bob Bradley finds a way to reinforce the flank.

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Tactical Analysis: USA’s 4-4-2

While the 4-3-3 may be in vogue, the United States continues to use a 4-4-2. Here’s a breakdown of how it works.

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USA – Turkey Tactical Analysis

In the first half, the United States struggled to cope with Turkey’s 4-2-3-1, and while US manager Bob Bradley didn’t make sweeping formation changes in the second half, a few substitutes did have a tactical impact.

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Defense: Injuries and Tactics

Come June, the US needs to put up better defensive displays than what occurred during Tuesday’s 4-2 loss. Granted, manager Bob Bradley was using the match as a tryout for fringe players, but the fitness of a few defenders and tactical concerns with the fullbacks leave the backline a question mark heading into Saturday’s friendly [...]

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USA – Czech Republic Tactical Analysis

The US lost last night’s friendly, but Bob Bradley may have shown viewers some of his tactical plans for the World Cup. 1st Half Torres and Edu played holding roles in midfield, neither venturing very far forward. To make up for this design decision, either striker would drop closer to midfield, with the other staying [...]

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Fullbacks – The Most Important Players on the Pitch

Jonathan Wilson, one of the most well-respected soccer journalists, contends fullback is the most important position, noting that since 1994 the World Cup “has been won by the team with the best pair of attacking full-backs: Jorginho and Branco for Brazil in 1994; Lilian Thuram and Bixente Lizarazu for France in 1998; Cafu and Roberto [...]

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A Historical and Tactical Analysis of Landon Donovan’s National Team Role

Landon Donovan has long been the most prominent American player, but his actual position on the national team has not always been clearcut. Wandering from left midfield to withdrawn striker to right midfield to forward, Donovan has never settled into a permanent position at the international level. Today, Fútbol for Gringos will attempt to chronicle [...]

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