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

World Cup Group Competition: England’s Roster

Fútbol for Gringos spent much of last week discussing the United States’ recently released provisional World Cup roster and its implications. Today marks the first post in a series examining the rosters of group stage competitors England, Slovenia, and Algeria. We’ll start with superpower England. Roster Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, David James, Robert Green. Defenders: Leighton [...]

State of the US (National Team)

State of the US (National Team)

April’s most urgent question – will Charlie Davies and Oguchi Onyewu be healthy by June? – has been half-answered. USA’s provisional World Cup roster included Onyewu but not Davies (Bob Bradley cited FC Sochaux’s pessimistic view of Charlie’s health as his rationale). Onyewu, though he made the squad, has not seen action since last fall [...]

Soccer Culture

History of Soccer – Industrial England

The first FFG edition of ‘History of Soccer’ refuted FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s claim that modern soccer descends from ball games played in antiquity (and, again, we wish to note that we are beholden to David Goldblatt’s work). Instead, the provincial games of Western Europe and Celtic Britannia were soccer’s sole predecessors. These games, though, [...]

Gringo Abroad

Promotion, Relegation, and Gringos (Fin)

Manchester United, hoping for an unprecedented fourth straight title, outclassed Stoke City last weekend. Despite their 4-0 victory, United needed to finish top of the table. Chelsea demolished Wigan Athletic 8-0, guaranteeing the London club its first title since 2006. Below is the final table: As you can observe from the key, clubs highlighted in [...]


Clint Dempsey’s Fulham Falls Just Short of European Glory

The Europa League final required extra time to find a resolution, an outcome that ended up extinguishing a dream run by Fulham and Clint Dempsey. The London-based club exceeded expectations by making the final, notably using a Dempsey wonder goal to upset European giants Juventus along the way. The final, pitting Fulham against Atletico Madrid, [...]

Tactics and the USA

Potential USA Formations for the World Cup

The absence of starting striker Charlie Davies poses a riddle for Bob Bradley: does the manager use his traditional 4-4-2 or find a new formation? The likely solution is moving Clint Dempsey into Davies’ spot and keeping the 4-4-2. Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut backup for Dempsey’s right midfield position. Stuart Holden may have been [...]

World Cup News

World Cup Roster: Locks, Bubble Watch, and Where’s Charlie?

The provisional World Cup roster has been announced. We’ll address the big news first: why no Charlie Davies? Say It Ain’t So, Charlie The official company line, straight from Bob Bradley, is that “he (Charlie) hadn’t been given full medical clearance” from his club, Sochaux. This statement, however, does not come without a conflict of [...]

World Cup News

USA Names Provisional World Cup Roster: No Charlie Davies

The following players have been chosen to participate in the United States’ pre-World Cup training camp beginning this Saturday, May 15th. GKs: Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Marcus Hahnemann FBs: Jonathan Bornstein, Steve Cherundolo, Jonathan Spector,  Heath Pearce CBs: Jay DeMerit, Oguchi Onyewu, Carlos Bocanegra, Clarence Goodson, Chad Marshall Mids: Michael Bradley, Maurice Edu, Ricardo Clark, [...]

Gringos Around the 'Net

Gringos Around the ‘Net

It’s time for another edition of Gringos Around the ‘Net. Yanks Abroad published an interview with Clarence Goodson, who should end up as the USMNT’s third-choice center back (behind Oguchi Onyewu and Jay DeMerit). ESPN tracked down the US players from the 1994 World Cup squad.  The team competed in an era when there wasn’t [...]

Gringo Abroad

Holden Returns, Beasley on His Way Out

Stuart Holden, out since February with a broken leg, came on as a substitute in Bolton Wanderers’ final match, making his return in the 66th minute.  According to ESPN’s match report, he appeared fit and even “sent a shot narrowly wide of the post in the 70th minute.” Holden will look to build on the [...]

Soccer Culture

The Universality of ‘Coach Speak’

Two years ago Yahoo Sport’s Michael Silver, perhaps inspired by Brendan Fraser’s spot-on interview impression, documented the ‘coach speak’ of Patriots coach Bill Belichick and how his manner of speaking had pervaded the entire team. A few choice examples: Junior Seau – “We work one day at a time. We’re working today so we can [...]

Gringo Abroad

Two Gringos Start the Weekend Off Right

Two Americans who suit up in Germany recorded influential results this morning. Steve Cherundolo helped assure his club, Hannover 96, of an 8th straight season in the Bundesliga.  Hannover’s 3-0 victory condemned Vfl Bochum to the 2nd division while simultaneously ensuring their own safety. Michael Bradley’s Borussia Monchengladbach, who cleared the relegation zone a few [...]

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