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The 50/50 Blog

Note:  Opinions expressed on the US Youth Soccer Blog (web log) are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer). Links on this web log to articles do not necessarily imply agreement by the author or by US Youth Soccer with the contents of the articles. Links are provided to foster discussion of topics and issues. Readers should make their own evaluations of the contents of such articles.

 

The 50/50 Blog: 10.30.14

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FC Dallas beats Vancouver

 

The MLS Cup Playoffs, presented by AT&T, kicked off in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night as FC Dallas scored a penalty kick goal with six minutes remaining to knock off the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 in the Western Conference Knockout Round at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Read more.

 


 

Own Goal

 

Less than two minutes after kickoff in this Kenyan Premier League game, Gor Mahia went up, 1-0, against Sofapaka. That it came courtesy of a superb own goal from Sofapaka's Eugene Asike didn't prevent Gor Mahia's players from dancing as if they'd hit the net themselves. 

 


 

More own goals

 

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This is a picture of the one thing you're not supposed to kick in your own goal. Read here why two teams in Indonesia we're TRYING to score in their own goals.

 


 

Raul to join NY Cosmos

 

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Raul, One of the most decorated players in European soccer history, is officially coming to the North American Soccer League next season. Read more here.

 

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The 50/50 Blog: 10.29.14

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Soccer America Top 25

 

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We didn't get these in yesterday's 50/50 blog but here they are now. Check out the top 25.

 


 

Russia 2018

 

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FIFA and World Cup 2018 organizers introduced the official logo for the tournament that will be held in Russia for the first time. Read more here.

 


 

2014 MLS Goal of the Year voting

 

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The goals kept coming in 2014, and now it's your turn to decide which one was the best. Vote here.

 

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The 50/50 Blog: 10.28.14

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No more Chivas USA

 

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Effective immediately, Chivas USA will cease operations. On Thursday, Oct. 30, the League will announce a new MLS Los Angeles club and ownership group. The new club will begin play in 2017. Read more here.

 


 

Klinsmann named to 10-coach shortlist

 

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A Round of 16 finish at this summer's World Cup may or may not have been enough to satisfy the ever-growing appetite of US national team fans, but it did help earn head coach Jurgen Klinsmann consideration for a lofty award from FIFA. Read more here.

 


 

Who doesn't love a good bicycle kick goal?

 

We do.

 


 

New Hi-Vis Nike Ball

 

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Nike, the official ball supplier to three of the biggest football leagues in Europe — Barclays Premier League, Serie A TIM and La Liga BBVA — unveils the Nike Ordem Hi-Vis ball for the winter season. Read more here.

 

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The Player's Game

Sam Snow

The Player's Game

By Chris Panayiotou, Developmental Director of Coaching - Virginia Rush Soccer Club

Football, soccer, voetball the player’s game?

I dream of being like my heroes Messi, Ronaldo and Rooney, ah the fame

I dream that 80,000-90,000 fans are screaming my name,

I want to ask the stars, with all those people screaming your name….

How does this affect your game?

How do you think?

When coach yells, the sidelines screams directions I just freeze and shrink

 

They say that soccer is the player’s game

I just can't concentrate when the adults yell my name

I want to play where it's nice and quiet

Not where a referee misses a call and induces a riot

I want to play where I'm free to make mistakes

Not when that happens the adult berates

 

The parents yell boot it, punt it, whack it clear

I just want to dribble keep the ball near

After all, the ball is the world’s favorite toy

I am not a grown man, just a small boy

 

People are yelling pass, pass, pass

Tell me dribble and I will be the top of my class

I want to dribble and touch the ball

I want to be free from the noise and try it all

 

Dad when you were young how and what did you play?

Did your parents come and watch you, what did they say?

The ride home is at times what I dread

Because what you say I should do, is not what coach said

 

Today is my day, to learn and embrace,

All that I can from my coach and teammates.

From me to you, and you to me,

The way forward is clear to see.

These six words mean the world to me.

Mom, Dad, there is no better way for you to say,

"I loved watching you play today."

These words I hear, and never fear are true and kind and full of cheer.

 

Kick around with me, show me what to do

Let me take part in pick-up games like you used to

 

I am still a young person not a professional player

I need support and praise not a nay-sayer

Thank my teachers and coaches for their time

They are trying to help my skills be sublime

 

Praise my effort, grit, determination and will

Let me develop, try new things, gain a skill

Sit back, relax, enjoy this ride

This is my journey let me fill you with pride

 

 

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