About Blake Owen

FFG is run by Blake Owen, a sports fan who happens to like soccer in addition to traditional American sports. Blake has an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language and lives in Frisco, TX. He teaches ESL in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Blake can be reached at blakeowen@futbolforgringos.com.
Website: http://www.futbolforgringos.com
Blake Owen has written 308 articles so far, you can find them below.

USA’s 2014 World Cup Squad

FFG takes a shot at predicting the players on the radar for 2014. Yes, Freddy Adu is on the list.

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England 1 – Germany 4

Germany’s thrashing of England deserves its own post.

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What’s next for US Soccer?

With the post World Cup depression settling in for US soccer fans, FFG takes a gander at the immediate future for Team USA.

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USA – Ghana Analysis

Ghana fiddled with their formation just enough to confound the US midfield, and though Bob Bradley made a halftime adjustment, the early goal was too much to overcome.

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Day 16 Recap

Korea 1 – Uruguay 2 Taking a cue from Jose Mourinho, Uruguay’s manager Oscar Tabarez rolled out in a defensive 4-3-3. Their counter-attacking strategy worked from the get go, with four Uruguayan attackers besting eight South Korean defenders for the opening goal. Luis Suarez’s 8th minute strike was mostly due to the talent of Diego [...]

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USA 1 – Ghana 2 Match Summary

Bob Bradley made a wrong personnel decision, Robbie Findley didn’t seize an opportunity, and Asamoah Gyan showed the difference between a first-choice striker and a forward present only due to injury.

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Day 15 Recap

Negative play spoils the final day of the group stage.

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USA – Ghana Preview

Ghana and penalty kicks, hmm – doesn’t this sound familiar?

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Day 14 Recap

Neutrals everywhere rejoice – Italy, like France, has to go home early.

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Clint Dempsey: Touch Tracker (Algeria)

For each national team game, FFG tracks the performance of at least one player. Against Algeria, it was Clint Dempsey’s turn.

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Day 13 Recap

USA, England, Germany, and Ghana survive, but the Africans sure were playing it close.

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USA – Algeria Analysis

In 2006, the United States went into their last match needing a win to advance. Today they ended up needing the same result. Here’s how Bob Bradley made it happen.

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