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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: 12.18.13

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Oregon teens head to India

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A group of 16- and 17-year-old players with Oregon's Olympic Development Program will travel to India as part of the Goals for Girls project. Read more about why.
 

 

America's most searched soccer terms

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Not Lionel Messi. Not Cristiano Ronaldo. Not Zlatan Ibrahimovic or even, for that matter, Alex Morgan. When it comes to Google’s most searched soccer players in the United States last year, an old but perhaps surprising name tops the list: Landon Donovan. Find out who else here.
 

 

Oops

  
 
Germany's Bild newspaper dubbed Dortmund's Marco Reus "Rambo" after he bulldozed an assistant referee, but to be fair, Hoffenheim's Jannik Vestergaard shoved Reus into the official.
 

 

Bob Bradley

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The wait continues to see where former U.S. Men's National Team coach Bob Bradley will end up. Here are some thought as to where that might be.
 
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 12.17.13

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Little girl teases Suarez

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This little girl pulls off a handshake prank to Liverpool's Luis Suarez before Tottenham took on Liverpool. Watch the video here.
 

 

DMCV Sharks

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The road for the defending 2013 US Youth Soccer Under-16 Girls National Champion Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks began December 5 with National League games in Wilson, NC, and they hope it ends playing in the US Youth Soccer National Championship game in Germantown, MD.
 

 

US Youth Soccer ODP

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The U.S. ODP Boys Winter Interregional for boys from the 1998 age group will take place Dec. 20-22 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Soccer America even has the rosters posted and they can be found here.
 

 

Eddie Johnson to DC United?

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Could Eddie Johnson be set to join 2013 US Open Cup winners DC United after not being re-signed by Seattle? Read more here to find out.
 
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 12.16.13

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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

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Four more years

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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

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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

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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

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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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