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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: 9.29.14

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2014 USL PRO Championship

 

 

The Republic wrapped their debut season on Saturday night by winning the USL PRO championship game, 2-0 over the giant-killing Harrisburg City Islanders, in front of sell-out crowd of 8,000 at Bonney Field. You can watch the whole game above.

 


 

Donovan ties MLS assist record

 

 


 

Do what it takes

 

 

Premier League and U.S. Men's National Team star Tim Howard and the NFL's Darren McFadden prove that no matter what sport you play, training right is the foundation of success.

 


 

Portland Timbers Kah has an impact

 

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Kah had never met Eva before but he, and the Timbers, ended up creating a serendipitous and spontaneous moment that will be remembered by many for a long time. Read about the heart-touching moment here.

 

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The 50/50 Blog: 9.26.14

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GOOOAAALLLL... oh wait...

 

 

You're supposed to stop the ball from going into your own net!

 


 

Jermaine Jones

 

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When the New England Revolution signed the tenacious World Cup veteran last month, they made an investment in one of the most experienced players in American soccer and a savvy veteran to help push them back among the elite of Major League Soccer. Read more here.

 


 

MLS top goals for players under 24

 

 

 


 

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The 50/50 Blog: 9.25.14

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Bucking Station Wagon Syndrome

 

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For some kids playing soccer, their biggest battle doesn’t occur on the field, but rather in the backseat of the car on the way home, as one or both parents give their minute-by-minute recap of the game. Read more here.

 


 

Footskills lead to fun goals

 

 

Most of us would trip over ourselves trying to pull off a rabona. Watch Andre Ayew pull it off to perfection.

 


 

Top 25 College Soccer Teams

 

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Check out the most recent weekly college soccer rankings. View them here.

 


 

CONCACAF Champions League

 

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Watch the highlights of DC United's win and New York Redbulls' tie in their CONCACAF Champions League games last night.

 

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Player Development...To What End?

Sam Snow

Here’s a type of question that comes my way now and then at club meetings.

So much of Youth soccer seems to be all about improving the player. To what end? This model plays into supporting an infrastructure of paid coaches and trainers and tournaments with an increasing amount of burn-out on the part of the kids we work with. So few kids will see a slot on an Olympic team or a professional bench, yet this is the Holy Grail kids are expected to aspire towards. At the same time, just dumping the kids onto a field with a ball and some nets is just a form of kick ball. What purpose should organized youth soccer serve and where, in your opinion, should the balance be? On a less esoteric note, what should parents of a young child look for in a municipal program; i.e., Parks and Rec. or a local travel club?

Is not our objective to improve players?  Whether that objective is accomplished by volunteer coaches or paid coaches the end must be the same – player growth.  Our goal is to help each player with whom we work to develop within the game of soccer.  Some of those players will be lifelong amateur players, some will become college players, a few will make it to the pros and of those some will play internationally.  The point is to keep all of them in the game at one level of play or another.

Yes, I would agree that just ‘dumping’ kids on a field may be kickball.  But with a few older players thrown into the mix it then becomes a pick-up game.

From the National Youth License consider these two sport models:

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I think what we want is a blend of the two models.

To the question of “… what should parents of a young child look for in a municipal program, i.e. Parks and Rec. or a local travel club?” the answer is mostly the same for both scenarios.

  1. A mission statement/philosophy that guides the organization
  2. Qualified staff
  3. A curriculum for development
  4. A sound business plan
  5. Safe infrastructure
     

After that it becomes a matter of price point and time that the player’s family is willing and able to invest.

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