Fútbol for Gringos is the world’s first tactics-focused US Soccer site. We’re devoted to covering US Soccer in a manner that is enjoyable for footie fanatics, yet understandable by those just becoming interested in the beautiful game.

As such, each post contains links to common soccer terms, positions, formations, etc.


Fútbol for Gringos was created by Blake Owen, a sports fan who happens to like soccer in addition to traditional American sports. Blake, a current Frisco, TX resident, fell in love with the beautiful game while living in Brazil.

He has an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language and teaches ESL in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.

Blake can be reached at blakeowen@futbolforgringos.com.

Contributing Writer

Ben Koch, M.Ed., is a writer, teacher and the managing editor of ben’s TEN. He holds a Master’s degree in Education and is fascinated with the power we have as humans to consciously evolve ourselves through education and practice. His publication credits include articles in Intercom, Transitions Abroad, Highlights for Children, Zampa and poetry in Lalitamba, Issue 3. He is also proud to have served as managing editor of Falling Off the Roof of the World: The Autobiography of the Venerable Lama Dudjom Dorjee.

Gringo – isn’t that offensive?

Yes, gringo can be used as a slur.  However, depending on the country in which it’s used, the term can mean a foreigner, US citizen, or even a Caucasian.

In fact, Jose Francisco Torres, a US international who plays his club soccer in Mexico, is lovingly referred to as ‘El Gringo‘ by his fans and the Mexican media.

For more information on gringo’s etymology, head over to Snopes.

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