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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Site News

Site Update and Weekend Matches

Site Update As the World Cup nears, we’re continuing to add to the static portion of the site (tactics, terminology, etc).  To that end, here are new Player Profiles for midfielders Benny Feilhaber and Stuart Holden. Gringos to Watch This Weekend A few American internationals will head into their club’s last match with a bit [...]

Soccer Culture

Promotion, Relegation, and Gringos Part the Third

With one round of matches remaining, all the English Premier League’s honors are known save one – 1st place. What’s Locked-in: Champions League Participants: Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham Europa League Participants: Manchester City, Aston Villa, Liverpool Relegated teams: Hull City, Burnley, Portsmouth Chelsea and Manchester United, 1st and 2nd, are still separated by one [...]


Using Prior Lineups to Predict USA’s World Cup Roster

On June 1st, Bob Bradley will send FIFA his 23-man roster for South Africa (injured players can then be replaced up to a day before the squad’s first match). A training camp starting May 15th will help him pare down his selections. This will be Bradley’s 5th tournament as manager, and he’s shown remarkable predictability [...]

Tactics and the USA

Tactical Trends and the USA

Like all sports, soccer is beholden to shifts of philosophy. Zonal Marking recently chronicled the latest rise of the 4-3-3 formation. In short, the article posits that teams of the early 2000s were obsessed with employing a physical, defensive midfielder (unimaginatively termed a ‘destroyer’) in conjunction with a creative, attack-minded foil (the ‘creator’), using the [...]

Soccer Culture

History of Soccer – Antiquity

Football is as old as the world … People have always played some form of football, from its very basic form of kicking a ball around to the game it is today. – Sepp Blatter, President of FIFA Blatter believes modern soccer can trace its development to ancient China. The picture at the top of [...]

Gringo Stateside

Edson Buddle Keeps Scoring, Pushing for World Cup Spot

Last night the Los Angeles Galaxy beat the Philadelphia Union 3-1, with World Cup hopeful Edson Buddle supplying an assist and two of the three tallies.  Buddle, who only has one career appearance with the USMNT, has now tallied 9 goals in only 6 games.  If the 28 year-old continues to score, US manager Bob [...]

Gringo Stateside

Gringo Stateside: Heath Pearce

FC Dallas 1 – New England Revolution 1 Major League Soccer May-1-2010 Favored FC Dallas couldn’t overcome a number of distinct advantages and only managed a tie with home-club New England.  The Revolution, missing their two best players (forward Taylor Twellman and midfielder Shalrie Joseph), were put at a further disadvantage in the second half [...]

Gringo Abroad

Dempsey and Fulham Reach Europa League Final

England have their European finalist, and it’s not one of their traditional powerhouses (Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Liverpool).  London-based Fulham, currently a mid-table club in the English Premier League, showed remarkable quality in their Europa League semifinal victory over Germany’s Hamburg. The Londoners needed to win the second match after the first ended 0-0. [...]

Soccer Culture

Promotion, Relegation, and Gringos Part Dos

Last week FFG explored relegation and promotion in England’s Premier League.  Today we check out the changes resulting from last week’s matches. American players are in parentheses. Premier League Changes The top two stayed the same, with 1 point separating Chelsea and Manchester United after both won.  United’s win came at the expense of 4th [...]


Clint Dempsey Still in a Title Hunt

Tomorrow, Clint Dempsey’s Fulham will play the second-leg of their Europa League semifinal.  The first match, at Hamburg, was a remarkably exciting 0-0 tie. The German club, desperately seeking a goal, threw players forward for most of the game.  Fulham were content to sit in a defensive shell, but unlike many teams employing that tactic, [...]


Stuart Holden Close to Full-Fitness

In an interview with mlssoccer.com, Stuart Holden, out since March with a broken leg, has revealed that he could play for his club, Bolton Wanderers, as soon as this weekend.  The Scottish-born midfielder sustained his injury in a US friendly against the Netherlands. Holden’s versatility – he can play center or right midfield – and [...]

Gringos Around the 'Net

Gringos Around the Net

Believe it or not, Fútbol for Gringos isn’t the only place to get information about the USMNT. Here are some other Americans discussing US Soccer and related issues: – Pitch Invasion takes a gander at hooliganism (both in Europe and the US) and the psychology behind it. – Just as it looks like Charlie Davies’ [...]

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