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 – England Preview

Tomorrow’s titanic clash between USA and England has received plenty of hype, so FFG offers something a little different – actual analysis!

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If Bob Bradley was … a Former Governor of Virginia

Using Patrick Henry (Give me liberty or give me death!) as a guide, Bob provides us with his rationale for deploying a counterattacking side.

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State of the US (National Team)

Five days until the England clash and the US lineup still isn’t settled.

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Steve Cherundolo: Touch Tracker

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

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USA – Australia Tactical Analysis

Bob Bradley finds a way to reinforce the flank.

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USA 3 – Australia 1

Edson Buddle and Herculez Gomez continue their fine form, with Buddle scoring a brace and Gomez icing the victory.

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USA – Australia Preview

USA players have one more chance to impress before next week’s showdown with England.

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Altidore Sustains Ankle Injury

Altidore picks up a knock and could be out of Saturday’s match.

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Jozy Needs a Partner

While we can’t speak for Altidore’s personal life, he’s still searching for his better half on the US National Team.

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Gringos Around the Net

- Sports Illustrated posted an afterword to Grant Wahl’s ‘The Beckham Experiment,’ documenting the ‘make-up’ of Donovan and Becks. – Jersey-born striker Giuseppe Rossi failed to make Italy’s final 23-man World Cup roster, and the Bleacher Report suggested some alternative summer plans, including a guest appearance on Jersey Shore. – US Soccer released the squad’s [...]

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Who Should Start at CM with Michael Bradley? (Poll)

Gringos, let’s hear from you: who should start at center midfield with Michael Bradley?

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Tactical Analysis: USA’s 4-4-2

While the 4-3-3 may be in vogue, the United States continues to use a 4-4-2. Here’s a breakdown of how it works.

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