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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: 10.18.13


50/50 Blog Contest!

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The U.S. Women’s National Team plays Australia in a friendly Sunday in San Antonio. To mark the occasion, we’re giving away a soccer ball signed by sisters Megan and Rachael Rapinoe, as well as a few FUEL Magazines signed by Sydney Leroux!
RAPINOE SIGNED SOCCER BALL – Sign up here before the 1:30 p.m. ET kickoff of Sunday’s game. We’ll randomly select a winner and announce it on Monday.
LEROUX SIGNED MAGAZINE – The first THREE people to email us the correct answers to these questions, which can be found in the blog entries below, will get a signed magazine: 1) Which German player is considering coming to the MLS? 2) What stadium did we feature as the Stadium of the Day on Wednesday (Oct. 16)? 3) What injury did the 11-year-old Colorado boy do research on for his science fair project? Email your answers to these three questions to
Update: We have received correct answers from three winners for the signed magazines. If you didn't respond in time, make sure to enter for the chance to win a soccer ball signed by the Rapinoe sisters! 

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The 50/50 Blog: 10.17.13


Broomfield Blast

On Sept. 29, the Broomfield Blast '03 (U11) and '00 (U14) girls red teams became the first girls' teams in Broomfield Soccer Club history to win a statewide competitive competition, the US Youth Soccer President's Cup. Read More.


ESPN E:60: Sports Video Games History

Millions of people around the world enjoy playing EA Sports' FIFA video games. But how did the games get to be so realistic? ESPN's E:60 did a story on the evolution of sports video games, from the start with Pong in 1972 up to all the options we have today.


Kohl's American Cup

Did you know that the Kohl's American Cup is the largest recreational youth soccer tournament in the United States? The program was started in 2000 as an avenue to highlight recreational soccer players and promote fair play. Players receive equal opportunities and benefits within their level of play, with an emphasis on participation, rather than competition. See if there is an event coming close to you this Fall.


Sam Duarte

Sam Duarte
Sam Duarte is an 11-year-old from Colorado who is doing research on concussions. Learn more about the research and how Sam has shared it with Colorado Youth Soccer and even professional soccer player Pablo Mastoeni.

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The 50/50 Blog: 10.16.13


USA wins final World Cup qualifier

The U.S. Men's National team defeated Panama 3-2 in dramatic fashion last night in Panama. The win dashes Panama's hopes of advancing to the World Cup playoff game against New Zealand giving way to Mexico. Read more here.


You'd rather watch the highlights?

You're right. Watching the highlights is so much better than reading about them! Enjoy!


World Cup scores from yesterday

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See which international teams won yesterday and then check to see where all the teams sit on their road to the 2014 World Cup!


Stadium of the day

Allianz Arena
Allianz Arena is based in Munich Germany and hosts FC Bayern Munich and TSV 1860 Munchen. It is the first stadium in the world that has a full changing color outside and the capacity is over 71,000! Read more about this great stadium.

 US Youth Soccer

Watch this video and learn why we do what we do here at US Youth Soccer. Soccer is the game for ALL kids! We love having your support and seeing kids grow through the beautiful game of soccer. Thank you!

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The 50/50 Blog: 10.15.13


Miroslav Klose

Germany striker Miroslav Klose is once again saying he is considering offers from two MLS clubs. The 36-year-old is out of contract with Lazio at the end of the season, but not yet willing to hang up the boots.


USA vs Panama

USA closes World Cup qualifying tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET against Panama in Panama City. The game will be broadcast live on beIN SPORT. With this being the last qualifier and some of the bigger names not on the roster, which player searching for a spot on the World Cup final team will make the biggest impact tonight? Read more here.


NCAA Top 25

Here are the weekly college rankings from Soccer America. Is your college/prospective college on the list?



Another article highlighting the great aspects of the US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer program. This Houston area TOPSoccer program is looking for players, read more about the program and how it can help kids in your area.


They're going to Brazil if...

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Want to know what today's World Cup Qualifying games mean for the nations competing in them? has a complete list of standings and scenarios for each group around the world. Check it out here.

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