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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 – Slovenia Preview

Last Saturday’s valiant effort against England could be for naught if USA doesn’t defeat Slovenia.

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Upcoming Matches to Watch

If you don’t have time to watch every match (or don’t have a DVR), here are FFG’s suggested viewings for the next round of matches.

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Day 6 Recap

Chile delights, Switzerland amazes, and South Africa disappoints

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Video Highlights of Switzerland’s Upset of Spain

Switzerland may not have been pretty, but they sure were effective. Here are the highlights from their 1-0 victory over heavily favored Spain.

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Tactical Trends and the USA: 4-2-3-1

With defensive-minded Slovenia coming to town on Friday, could USA benefit from a new formation?

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Day 5 Recap

Another day, another draw (or two). Even powerhouse Brazil had trouble breaking the tournament’s dearth of goals.

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Day 4 Recap

Paraguay almost provided the first shock of the tournament, coming one mistake away from shocking holders Italy.

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Day 3 Recap

USA gets their first look at fellow Group C participants Algeria and Slovenia, along with a preview of their potential opponents in the knockout round.

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Landon Donovan: Touch Tracker

For each national team game, FFG tracks the performance of at least one player. Yesterday it was Landon Donovan’s turn.

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USA – England Tactical Analysis

Bob Bradley’s Patrick Henry speech (Give me defensive midfielders or give me death!) proves prophetic.

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USA 1 – England 1 (Match Summary)

Two poor defending sequences result in goals for each team, though USA will be happier with the result.

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Day 1 Recap

Two matches + two defensive teams = only 2 goals

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