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.
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Blake Owen has written 308 articles so far, you can find them below.

England fail to score, still beat Japan 2-1

Wayne Rooney put in a workmanlike shift, but even his quality and energy weren’t enough to help England put one in the net. The Japanese, though, didn’t seem content with winning the match, handing England a victory.

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Robbie Findley: Touch Tracker

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

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USA – Turkey Tactical Analysis

In the first half, the United States struggled to cope with Turkey’s 4-2-3-1, and while US manager Bob Bradley didn’t make sweeping formation changes in the second half, a few substitutes did have a tactical impact.

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Match Report: USA 2 – Turkey 1

The US overcame a poor first half, finding two goals in the final 45 minutes to top Turkey 2-1.

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USA – Turkey Preview

Saturday’s match against Turkey (2:00 EST, ESPN2) will be the first opportunity to observe USA’s 23-man roster. Most projected starters should be on the pitch when the game begins, but there are still some spots not yet locked up. Position Battles: Center midfield: Ricardo Clark and Maurice Edu may be the frontrunners to play with [...]

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World Cup Group Competition: Slovenia’s Roster

In our last examination of USA’s Group C opponents, we attempt to give an overview of Slovenia’s provisional roster. If you missed the first two, here’s the info on England and Algeria’s squads. Roster Goalkeepers: Samir Handanovic (Udinese), Jasmin Handanovic (Mantova), Aleksander Seliga (Sparta Rotterdam) Defenders: Bojan Jokic (Chievo Verona), Marko Suler (Ghent), Bostjan Cesar [...]

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Defense: Injuries and Tactics

Come June, the US needs to put up better defensive displays than what occurred during Tuesday’s 4-2 loss. Granted, manager Bob Bradley was using the match as a tryout for fringe players, but the fitness of a few defenders and tactical concerns with the fullbacks leave the backline a question mark heading into Saturday’s friendly [...]

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USA Names World Cup Roster

Bob Bradley has finalized his roster. Here are the Yanks going to South Africa: GKs: Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Marcus Hahnemann FBs: Jonathan Bornstein, Steve Cherundolo, Jonathan Spector CBs: Jay DeMerit, Oguchi Onyewu, Carlos Bocanegra, Clarence Goodson, Mids: Michael Bradley, Maurice Edu, Ricardo Clark, Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Stuart Holden, Benny Feilhaber, Jose Francisco Torres, [...]

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USA – Czech Republic Tactical Analysis

The US lost last night’s friendly, but Bob Bradley may have shown viewers some of his tactical plans for the World Cup. 1st Half Torres and Edu played holding roles in midfield, neither venturing very far forward. To make up for this design decision, either striker would drop closer to midfield, with the other staying [...]

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USA 2 – Czech Republic 4

The scoreline of a 4-2 US loss to the Czech Republic may not have been important (the match mainly served as a World Cup tryout for a few players), but one particular passage of play could have repercussions for US hopes in South Africa: when a 44th minute cross sailed into the box, Czech Republic [...]

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England 3 – Mexico 1: England Wins but Reveals Vulnerabilities

Last night England met Mexico in a World Cup warm-up, and while England found themselves victors, possession and shots on goal favored Mexico. It’s the Formation, Stupid Once the lineups were announced, it was all but certain USA’s southern neighbors would control the pace of the game. England strolled out in their traditional 4-4-2, and [...]

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USA – Czech Republic Preview

Bob Bradley has stated he will announce his final 23-man World Cup roster later this week, making Tuesday’s friendly against the Czech Republic (8:00 EST – Hartford, Connecticut) the last chance for peripheral players to make an impression. Players to watch Forward: Herculez Gomez, Edson Buddle, Robbie Findley, Eddie Johnson One of these strikers needs [...]

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