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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: 12.16.13


Why is soccer the most popular sport?

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Soccer is the greatest sport in the world and we clearly are not biased! Read why this author agrees with us and the facts he offers on the matter.


Final 16 in the UEFA Champions League

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Here are the final 16 teams involved in the UEFA Champions League. Read more about the draw here.


Congratulations to Notre Dame

Notre Dame's Mens soccer team came back from being down 1-0 to win their first national title 2-1 over the Maryland Terrapins. Watch the goals above.


Under-17 U.S. National Team 

Watch the highlights of the Under-17 U.S. National Team's victory over Brazil at the Nike Friendlies.

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The 50/50 Blog: 12.13.13


Four more years
Jurgen Klinsmann, head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team, agreed to a four-year contract extension Thursday, that should take him through the next World Cup cycle.


VOTE: Best of U.S. Soccer
Today kicks off the second round of voting in the Best of U.S. Soccer #100Years Bracket. Check out video clips of some of the most memorable moments and vote for your favorites in head-to-head matchups.


Sabermetrics in soccer

Billy Beane, the Oakland A's GM and subject of Michael Lewis' book Moneyball, once predicted that soccer would follow baseball in becoming "more of a science" and indeed the sport has embraced data analysis in a way that seemed unlikely even a few years ago.


The most entertaining announcer in soccer?

Ray Hudson is a color commentator for beIN Sport and could be described as a metaphorical genius for his descriptions of the game. Check out this New York Times profile on him.


Moving East
In his first public comments after leaving Real Salt Lake for the head coaching position with 2015 expansion franchise New York City FC, Kreis told Bill Riley of ESPN 700 in Salt Lake City on Tuesday that his biggest motivation for accepting the job was to make amends for playing it safe during his playing career.

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The 50/50 Blog: 12.12.13

Steve Prince

Champions League

Congratulations to the final 16 teams advancing in the UEFA Champions League. Games will resume February 18 2014, so stay tuned!


Northwest League Champions Cup

The matchups and schedules have been announced for the first annual Northwest League Champions Cup, a competition between the Under-13 through Under-16 boys and girls champions from Washington Youth Soccer’s Regional Club League (RCL) and B.C. Soccer’s Premier League (BCSPL). The two leagues represent the highest level of league play offered in both Washington and British Columbia, and is the latest in a collaboration to promote soccer in both areas that dates back to the 1950s. Read more here.


One man's misfortune is another's fortune  

Seconds after Vasile Maftei of Romanian club Cluj missed from a yard out, his teammate scored from near the halfway line.


Coaches Connection


The Coaches Connection provides members with a link to the US Youth Soccer Coaching Education Network: National Staff Coaches, plus 55 State Association Directors of Coaching Education and their staffs, as well as guest lectures from around the world! See how you can join.

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The 50/50 Blog: 12.11.13

Steve Prince

UCLA wins first title

Kodi Lavrusky gave UCLA its first NCAA women's soccer title Sunday, scoring in the 97th minute to lift the Bruins past Florida State, 1-0 in overtime, in cold and rainy conditions. Read more here.


Samuel E'to


Could Samuel E'to be headed to Major League Soccer after this season with Chelsea? Rumors say yes.



Sacha Kljestan


Sacha Kljestan became only the fifth American to score in the UEFA Champions League when he struck for eight-man Anderlecht in its 3-1 loss at Olympiakos. Watch here.



US Youth Soccer Workshop

Just a reminder: The US Youth Soccer Workshop is taking place in Philadelphia January 15-19. For more information on this great even click here.

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