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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: 12.5.13

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Suarez scores four

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Liverpool's Luis Suarez scored four beautiful goals on the way to leading his to to victory over Norwich yesterday. See them all here.
 

 

Things not to do

 
 
When giving the ball to your opponent...don't do this. Please. Show some class.
 

 

Earn Your Place

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The 2014 National League Girls kick off their season today in Wilson, N.C. Follow the scores throughout the day.
 

 

Stephanie Cox returns to sport

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Stephanie Cox will be in the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team training camp this month. Cox is back in action after the birth of her first child, Kaylee. Originally from Elk Grove, Calif., she moved to Gig Harbor with her husband in 2008. Since then, she’s made her home here and trained locally. Read about her road back here.
 
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 12.4.13

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New World Cup Ball

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Brazuca was introduced as the 2014 World Cup match ball in a launch Tuesday at Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro. Read more here.
 

 

Training Advisor

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The new SKLZ Training Advisor is out! Make sure you check it out here to find out how you can continue to take your game to the next level.
 

 

ODP Recap

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Check out this nice recap written on the US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Interregional by Soccer Nation. Read it here.
 

 

National League

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The seventh season of US Youth Soccer National League play got underway Nov. 21 when all 80 boys teams convened in Wilson, N.C. After a break for the holidays, it’s the girls’ turn, as 80 teams in the Under-14 through Under-18 age groups also meet Dec. 5-8 in North Carolina to begin their season. Check out a preview of the girls side of the event here. #EarnYourPlace
 
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 12.3.13

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Rethinking World Cup draw seeding

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Soccer writer Grant Wahl shares an article about the World Cup draw and how maybe the process should be looked at. Read more here.
 

 

Montreal Impact president keeps promise

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 The Montreal Impact, and especially its President Joey Saputo, have joined forces on a number of occasions with Procure to help raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer. In his latest venture, Joey Saputo promised to dye his beard blue if he was able to reach $25,000 as part of the Procure Challenges. Read more about it here.


Colorado Springs secures soccer team

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Colorado Springs will be the home of a United Soccer Leagues PRO team that's expected to begin playing in March 2015, The Gazette reports. Read more here.
 

 

EPL to help Chinese soccer

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The English Premier League is expanding its training program for Chinese coaches and referees, looking to further establish itself in the country’s vast market. Learn more here.
 
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 12.2.13

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US Youth Soccer Boys ODP

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The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys Thanksgiving Interregional will be played at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Ariz., Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2013. The age groups who will compete in the event will be the 1999 Boys and 2000 Boys. Find the results here.
 

 

Robbie Keane makes child's dream come true

 
 
A touching video is making the rounds this weekend of LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane meeting a young Irish soccer fan named Domhnall on Ireland's annual holiday institution The Late Late Toy Show.
 

 

Dare to be Brasilian in Nike's new ad

 
 
 
Nike's 90-second "Dare to be Brasilian" ad features all sorts of animation and time travel but we just can't help but be anxious to see all these skill moves in action in the 2014 World Cup.
 

 

A century of soccer migration

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Here is a pretty awesome map that will let you track the transfers in the soccer world for the past century. Give it a try here.
 
 
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