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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: 11.22.13

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Kevin Hartman retires

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Longtime LA Galaxy, Kansas City, FC Dallas and New York Red Bulls shot-stopper Kevin Hartman announced his retirement from professional soccer on Thursday, bringing an end to a 17-year career that saw him collect two MLS Cups and earn almost every MLS goalkeeping record. Read more here.
 

 

NHL bicycle kick

 
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Why we think that this save is an absolute accident, it still looks awesome and gave us something to tease our hockey friends about. Check out this great looking bicycle kick hockey save here.
 

 

US Youth Soccer Girls ODP

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Nearly 300 of the nation's top players in girls youth soccer will converge for the annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls Thanksgiving Interregional. Teams from US Youth Soccer's four regions - Region I (East), Region II (Midwest), Region III (South) and Region IV (West) - will compete against each other in front of various college coaches. Check back for scores during the event (November 24-29).
 

 

Most valuable MLS teams

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Forbes wrote a great article this week on Major League Soccer's most valuable teams. Take a moment and give it a read.
 

 

'What's in their bag' contest

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Former EPL Pro and San Diego Flash Head Coach Warren Barton knows training with tools like these help elevate all aspects of the game, not only the fundamentals of control and passing, but also movement and team play. That is why he keeps them in his @SKLZ bag: http://bit.ly/1aU9aQ9

For a chance to win the items in his bag enter the contest here: http://bit.ly/I2fKO7. Contest will be open until 2 p.m. today so enter quickly for yur chance to win!
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 11.21.13

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National League

 
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The 2013-2014 US Youth Soccer National League season kicked off this morning in Wilson, N.C. Make sure you follow all the games here.
 

 

MLS Mock Draft

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The 2014 MLS draft will take place at the combined US Youth Soccer Workshop/ NSCAA Convention in Philadephila this January. Here is an early predicition on who teams might pick.
 

 

Get ready, here they come

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Qualfying has ended and the 32 above teams will represent their countries at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The World Cup draw will take place December 6 in Brazil. Read more here.
 

 

State Cup

 
Some State Cups have finished and others will be taking place through June next year. Enjoy this promo video for the 2014 Indiana State Cup.
 
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 11.20.13

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Orlando joins the MLS

 
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Buoyed by ambitious owners, three years of success at the minor-league level, and a fast-growing fanbase, Orlando City Soccer Club was named MLS's 21st franchise on Tuesday. Read more here.
 

 

USA vs Austria

 
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Despite the loss the 1-0 loss to Austria the U.S. Men's National Team closes out 2013 with a .761 winning percentage and a plus-28 goal differential.
 

 

In case you missed it

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US Youth Soccer has released a brand new clinic called Constructive Soccer - Principles of Play. The clinic is free to take and is a help to all parents and coaches to learn more about the principles of the game. Sign up here.
 

 

World Cup Drama

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No team in World Cup Qualifying history has ever come back from a 2-0 first leg loss - until yesterday. France defeated Ukraine 3-0 to advance to the World Cup and send Ukraine home. Read about all the drama here.
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 11.19.13

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TOPSoccer Bake Sale

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Madison Middle school 8th grader, Eva Solano for her National Junior Honor Society service project, had a bake sale to raise Funds for the TOPSoccer program. Read more.
 

 

PA West to join the NPSL

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The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is proud to announce that PA West Soccer has been granted an expansion team for Pittsburgh. The PA West Soccer entry will begin play in the Midwest Region’s Great Lakes Conference in 2014. Read the announcement here.
 

 

Lebron + Beckham

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Could LeBron James be teaming up with David Beckham on an MLS team in Miami? Although the two have previously discussed soccer in Miami, the Miami Heat superstar revealed on Monday that a stake in an MLS team for James has also been broached. Read more about the possible duo.
 

 

Soccer America NCAA Soccer Rankings

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Check out this week’s Top 25 Men’s and Women’s college soccer programs from Soccer America. Also included are links to both the Men's and Women's college brackets.
 

 

U.S. Men's National Team

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The U.S. Men's National Team takes on Austria today in a friendly. The team will be looking to improve on their 0-0 draw against Scotland. Read more.
 
 
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