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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Gringo Abroad

Gringos Abroad (Retrospective): Jonathan Spector

West Ham United 1 – Bolton Wanderers 2 English Premier League Mar-6-2010 In lieu of Jonathan Spector’s forgettable weekend, Fútbol for Gringos is taking a look back at one of his somewhat more promising appearances. Offensive Performance As has been the case for much of the season, Spector started at left back instead of his [...]

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Jozy Altidore and Jonathan Spector’s Bad Day

Altidore Seein’ Red Jozy Altidore’s day went from bad to worse.  Needing a win to progress in their fight to avoid relegation, Altidore’s Hull City saw midfield stalwart Jimmy Bullard miss a tying penalty.  Four minutes later Altidore was given a justifiable red card: The Sunderland defender made the most of the contact (and it [...]

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Gringo Abroad (Retrospective): Jose Torres

Pachuca 1 – Morelia 0 Primera División Mar-27-2010 If any US player is a mascot for Fútbol for Gringos, it’s Jose Francisco Torres.  The Texas native plays his club soccer for Mexico’s Pachuca.  His nickname? El Gringo. Towards the end of March Torres and Pachuca played a match that demonstrated Torres’ growing importance for the [...]

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Charlie Davies Rehab Holdup

Charlie Davies‘ World Cup hopes appear to have been given quite the blow: the president of Sochaux, Davies’ club, stated Charlie will not play with the club this season. The striker, who was seriously injured in an October 2009 car accident, had targeted the last two games of the season for his return. Sports Illustrated’s [...]

Soccer Culture

Promotion, Relegation, and Gringos

Ask a gringo, ‘What’s the most exciting sporting event?’ and you’ll probably hear ‘the Super Bowl’ or ‘March Madness.’  Both are full of drama and the occasional upset, but soccer’s system of promotion and relegation could give either competition a run for its money. With the European season winding down, Fútbol for Gringos takes a [...]

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Gringo Abroad (Retrospective): Clint Dempsey

Fulham 4 – Juventus 1 Europa League Mar-18-2010 In March, Clint Dempsey returned from an almost two-month injury layoff.  The Texan, in only his third game since returning, announced his fitness quite memorably. Match Summary Needing multiple goals following a first-leg 3-1 Europa League defeat in Italy, London-side Fulham could not have had a worse [...]

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Herculez Gomez Signs Off in Style

Herculez Gomez, who has been scoring in bunches as a substitute, didn’t waste much time making his mark as a starter in Puebla’s 4-1 victory over Cruz Azul.  He started his account in the 3rd minute and added a second goal in the 37th. Unfortunately, Gomez picked up a 2nd yellow card and subsequent red [...]

State of the US (National Team)

State of the US (National Team)

For April’s State of the US (National Squad) Fútbol for Gringos takes a look at injury problems, preferred lineups, and squad strengths and weaknesses

Gringo Abroad

Gringo Abroad: Jozy Altidore Doin’ Work

Hull City 2 – Fulham 0 English Premier League Mar-27-2010 Match Summary Jimmy Bullard’s penalty and Craig Fagan’s header were enough to see home-side Hull City past Fulham and put them one step closer to avoiding relegation. The penalty was awarded in the 16th minute after Jozy Altidore was taken down by Fulham defender Chris [...]

Gringo Abroad

Gringo Abroad: Landon Donovan’s Everton Farewell

Everton 5 – Hull City 1 English Premier League Mar-7-2010 Of the three American internationals available for the match, only one started but all three were on the pitch by the final whistle. Tim Howard made his customary start in goal for Everton.  Jozy Altidore began on the bench for Hull as the away team [...]

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Gringo Abroad: Herculez Gomez Can’t Miss the Net

Monarcas Morelia 1 – Puebla 1 Primera División Apr-03-2010 Match Summary Home team and match-favorite Monarcas were able to dominate possession but unable to turn that advantage into multiple goals.  Puebla goalkeeper Alexandro Olivares denied the favorites on multiple occasions.  He was, however, unable to do anything about a 12th minute Miguel Sabah shot – [...]

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Gringo Abroad: Steve Cherundolo Does His Part

Hannover 4 – Schalke 2 Bundesliga Apr-10-2010 Match Summary Hannover handed 2nd place Schalke only their 6th defeat of the season.  The home side, who are battling relegation, started off the scoring in the 17th minute: a deflected pass in the box left the goalkeeper helpless.  Another mistake led to a second Hannover goal in [...]

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