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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World Cup News

USA Names World Cup Roster

Bob Bradley has finalized his roster. Here are the Yanks going to South Africa: GKs: Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Marcus Hahnemann FBs: Jonathan Bornstein, Steve Cherundolo, Jonathan Spector CBs: Jay DeMerit, Oguchi Onyewu, Carlos Bocanegra, Clarence Goodson, Mids: Michael Bradley, Maurice Edu, Ricardo Clark, Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Stuart Holden, Benny Feilhaber, Jose Francisco Torres, [...]

Tactics and the USA

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 [...]

Match Report

USA 2 – Czech Republic 4

The scoreline of a 4-2 US loss to the Czech Republic may not have been important (the match mainly served as a World Cup tryout for a few players), but one particular passage of play could have repercussions for US hopes in South Africa: when a 44th minute cross sailed into the box, Czech Republic [...]

World Cup News

England 3 – Mexico 1: England Wins but Reveals Vulnerabilities

Last night England met Mexico in a World Cup warm-up, and while England found themselves victors, possession and shots on goal favored Mexico. It’s the Formation, Stupid Once the lineups were announced, it was all but certain USA’s southern neighbors would control the pace of the game. England strolled out in their traditional 4-4-2, and [...]

World Cup News

USA – Czech Republic Preview

Bob Bradley has stated he will announce his final 23-man World Cup roster later this week, making Tuesday’s friendly against the Czech Republic (8:00 EST – Hartford, Connecticut) the last chance for peripheral players to make an impression. Players to watch Forward: Herculez Gomez, Edson Buddle, Robbie Findley, Eddie Johnson One of these strikers needs [...]

Gringos Around the 'Net

Gringos Around the Net

Let’s once more take a gander at Gringos Around the ‘Net: – A few journalists attempted to categorize a ‘new’ Landon Donovan, typified by a New York Times’ profile. We’re going to toot our own horn and note that we actually examined the tactical reasons for his 2009 renaissance. – Pitch Invasion investigated the demographics [...]

Soccer Culture

History of Soccer – Globalization

England may have created soccer – its germination helped along by industrialization – but its current popularity illustrates that it appeals to more than just the English sentiment. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries soccer became yet one more British export. While Fútbol for Gringos (working with David Goldblatt’s The Ball is Round) [...]

Tactics and the USA

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 [...]

World Cup News

World Cup Group Competition: Algeria

England may be the heavy Group C favorites and Algeria the least-likely team to advance to the knockout round, but the Algerian’s quality midfield could cause problems for England, Slovenia, and the USA. Note – we are indebted to Just-football.com for their formation analysis. Roster (Clubs in parentheses) Defenders: Habib Belaid (Boulogne, France), Nadir Belhadj [...]

Site News

Site Update and World Cup Training Camp Action

Site News Fútbol for Gringos has added information on two formations, 3-5-2 and 4-2-2-2. With the announcemnt that England might use a 3-5-2 and the United States’ propensity to shift from 4-4-2 to 4-2-2-2, we thought it would be pertinent to add these lineups to our strategy section. World Cup Training Camp The full 30-man [...]

Tactics and the USA

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 [...]

World Cup News

Onyewu Signs Extension, US Training Camp Begins

Onyewu Agrees to Interesting Contract Extension Oguchi Onyewu signed a one-year contract extension with AC Milan today. His original deal will be extended through 2013 and, in a generous twist, Onyewu offered to play the final season without pay. The center back, who has been sidelined for 8 months, received his full salary for the [...]

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