Klinsmann’s Puzzling Personnel Choices

We’re close enough to the next round of World Cup qualifying we can taste it, but Jurgen sure wants to make advancing as difficult as possible.

An American Mid in Europe: Dempsey’s Debut

Three reasons why Dempsey could find consistent playing time at Spurs

USA 1 – JAM 0: Not Too Convincing

Limited personnel leads to a limited attack in the 2nd half.

USA 1 – Jamaica 2: Klinsmann Gets One Very Wrong

Despite a goal for the record books, Deuce and company were humbled in Kingston. Read what the statistics say about why.

Revisiting the 2014 To-Do List

FFG keeps the heat on Klinsmann as we check his status on our USMNT 2014 ‘must do’ tasks.

USA 1 – Mexico 0: Thanks Timmy

It didn’t exactly embody “the beautiful game,” but Timmy Howard led the Gringos to a historic result in hostile territory.

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Tactics and the USA

USA – Ghana Analysis

Ghana fiddled with their formation just enough to confound the US midfield, and though Bob Bradley made a halftime adjustment, the early goal was too much to overcome.

World Cup Daily Recap

Day 16 Recap

Korea 1 – Uruguay 2 Taking a cue from Jose Mourinho, Uruguay’s manager Oscar Tabarez rolled out in a defensive 4-3-3. Their counter-attacking strategy worked from the get go, with four Uruguayan attackers besting eight South Korean defenders for the opening goal. Luis Suarez’s 8th minute strike was mostly due to the talent of Diego [...]

Match Report

USA 1 – Ghana 2 Match Summary

Bob Bradley made a wrong personnel decision, Robbie Findley didn’t seize an opportunity, and Asamoah Gyan showed the difference between a first-choice striker and a forward present only due to injury.

World Cup Daily Recap

Day 15 Recap

Negative play spoils the final day of the group stage.

Match Preview

USA – Ghana Preview

Ghana and penalty kicks, hmm – doesn’t this sound familiar?

World Cup Daily Recap

Day 14 Recap

Neutrals everywhere rejoice – Italy, like France, has to go home early.

Touch Tracker

Clint Dempsey: Touch Tracker (Algeria)

For each national team game, FFG tracks the performance of at least one player. Against Algeria, it was Clint Dempsey’s turn.

World Cup Daily Recap

Day 13 Recap

USA, England, Germany, and Ghana survive, but the Africans sure were playing it close.

Tactics and the USA

USA – Algeria Analysis

In 2006, the United States went into their last match needing a win to advance. Today they ended up needing the same result. Here’s how Bob Bradley made it happen.

Match Report

USA 1 – Algeria 0 Match Summary

USA may have left it late, but they’re through to the knockout round.

Match Report

Argentina 2 – Greece 0 (Match Summary)

Argentina’s “second team” rather comfortably send home a Greek side that didn’t seem too set on going out in a blaze of glory.

World Cup Daily Recap

Day 12 Recap

Argentina, South Korea, Uruguay, and Mexico become the first teams to advance.

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