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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: 5.2.14


U.S. to host Copa America in 2016

The 45th edition of the South American championship for national teams, to be held on the 100th anniversary of the inaugural tournament in 1916, will take place outside of South America for the first time ever — featuring 10 South American teams and six North American sides.

U.S. Men's National Team midfielders

The position-by-position breakdown of the U.S. Men's National Team continues with this look at the midfielders. It also features the video above, which takes a look at the rise of Graham Zusi.

The end of tiki-taka?

Pep Guardiola

The recent struggles of FC Barcelona, along with Real Madrid's handling of Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals, has some people wondering if the dominance of "tiki-taka" is fading.

Pro soccer returns to St. Louis

USL PRO announced on Thursday that it has awarded an expansion franchise for the 2015 season to the Missouri soccer hotbed, marking the third-division league's third newcomer for next year.


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The 50/50 Blog: 5.1.14


U.S. Open Cup


Open Cup

Play in the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup begins Tuesday with eight first-round games involving amateur teams. See the schedule for the first two rounds here.



Wonder Goal from Akron


Akron freshman Richie Laryea blasts one into the upper 90 after some great passing from his teammates.




More trouble for expansion team's looking to create their stadiums as David Beckham's prospective site at PortMiami gained more opposition. Read more here.



U.S. Men's National Team Forwards


Which forwards will be heading to the World Cup? MLS writer Matt Doyle says only two players are a lock, one of them being Clint Dempsey. See who the other players are on his list.



Albion SC headed to Germantown



Every competitive club in America hopes to send a team to the prestigious US Youth Soccer National Championships - the pinnacle of youth soccer competition. Read how Albion SC punched their ticket.



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The 50/50 Blog: 4.30.14


Real Madrid advances to Champions League final


In a game that no one thought would be one-sided, Real Madrid defeated Bayern Munich 4-0 to advance to the final. They will play the winner of today's game between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid.


Nike Magista


Nike's newest cleat is now out for pre-order. Take a minute to see how it is put together.



USMNT Leftbacks



Following suit with the centerback article yesterday here is a look at the prospective left backs for the U.S. Men's National Team in the World Cup.



Orlando City hits stadium issue


Orlando City

With all these new expansion teams rushing to get into the MLS it seems like there are problems popping up with their stadium deals. Miami is having trouble getting approval for their number one spot, and NYCFC looks like they may have trouble getting a stadium in the Bronx like they want. Joining the party is Orlando City who is struggling to get the last piece of land needed from a church. See how much the church wants them to pay.



Bicycle Kick


We love seeing acrobatic goals and this goal by Mauro Zarate is no exception.



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The 50/50 Blog: 4.29.14


US Youth Soccer ODP Player Spotlight



Courtney McLeod didn’t have your typical spring break trip. Instead of opting for the beach or another usual hangout for teenagers, the South Florence senior traveled to Italy with a team of 17 all-star soccer players from the Olympic Development Program’s Region III. Read more here.



MLS Save of the Week



Which save do you think was the best of the week? Vote here.



American saves Costa Rican soccer club



This short video profiles David Patey, the American ex-pat who saved C.S. Herediano, one of the Costa Rica's most beloved and important soccer clubs.



USMNT Centerbacks



For the first time since 1998, the U.S. Men’s National Team could head into the World Cup with no starting experience from their centerback pair. Read more about the prospective US World Cup centerbacks here.



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