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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: 10.3.14

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Henry

 

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Gerard Houllier, the head of global soccer for Red Bull, told the website L'Equipe.fr that he isn't sure if Thierry Henry will retire after the 2014 MLS season but he won't re-sign with the New York Red Bulls with whom he is the final year of a five-year contract. Read more here.

 


 

Philadelphia Union miss big opportunity for three points

 

When the Philadelphia Union signed World Cup veteran Rais Mbolhi during the summer transfer window, they said that he had the ability to steal the team some wins to help them make the playoffs. Instead, it was a massive blunder from the Algerian goalkeeper that may end up costing Philly a spot in the postseason.



Joao Plata

 

 

When Joao Plata showed up at the 2011 Players Combine in South Florida he very quickly became one of most talked-about newcomers in Major League Soccer. Learn about his story and see how it may relate to you.

 


 

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The 50/50 Blog: 10.2.14

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Coaches Blog

 

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If you haven't been reading the Coaches Blog you should check it out now. See it here.

 


 

Gedion Zelalem

 

 

US Youth Soccer National League alum Gedion Zelalem scored a beauty after a solo effort for Arsenal's U-19 team in a UEFA Youth League match against Galatasaray.

 


 

Steve Birnbaum

 

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US Youth Soccer Region IV ODP alum Steve Birnbaum is having a break out season in defense for D.C. United. See where MLS lists him in their Rookie Rankings.

 


 

Sporting KC visits the White House

 

 

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Perspectives of Opposing teams

Sam Snow

As the Monty Python skit used to say, and now for something completely different.

A Tale of Two Benches on Play-Off Day

by Roy Patton

Beautiful pass, lovely curved ball, you beat two defenders,

sweeper and all

Kick him, harass him, get in his face, they’re making you run all

over the place

 Fantastic turn, your man was real tight. That’s the best move I’ve

seen all night

Chop him, trip him, somehow stop him. Don’t look at me, just

get on top of him

Great first touch, superb control. Keep it up, you’re on a roll.

Stand on his foot, tug on his shirt. Remember I showed you all

kinds of dirt

Wonderful dribble, great turn of speed. That’s the soccer that

U.S.A. needs

Get fired up! Be really intense. Hammer that ball out over the

fence

Congratulations, you played a great game. Let’s come out next

year and do the same

We won! We won! I’m 11-0. There’s not much about soccer that

I don’t know

You are more than a coach. You’re also a friend and that’s why

we hate to see this season end

Coach, it’s over. Here is my gear. I’ll probably play football or

baseball next year

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The 50/50 Blog: 10.1.14

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Great free kick

 

Brazilian Lucas Piazon scores a sensational free kick in the 89th minute of Eintracht Frankfurt's game against Hamburger SV to secure a 2-1 win.

 


 

Something not to do....

 

Don't knock the red card out of a referee's hand. Not a good idea.

 


 

John Oliver explains English football to Letterman

 

This is a great watch. We think soccer will catch on even more so than it already is here in America!

 


 

Who will Klinsmann choose?

 

Klinsy talks

The pair of international friendlies against Ecuador Oct. 10 and Honduras Oct. 14 should provide U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann an opportunity to look at his full pool of talent for the first time since the World Cup. Read more here.

 

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