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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





Gerard Houllier, the head of global soccer for Red Bull, told the website L' 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


Coaches Blog


sam snow

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



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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The 50/50 Blog: 10.1.14


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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The 50/50 Blog: 9.30.14_


College Top 25



Soccer America's weekly Top 25 rankings will be available each week of the 2014 NCAA Division I college soccer season. Continue to check back to see if your favorite program or future school makes the list. Read them here.


Last day of Youth Soccer Month



Today is the last day of Youth Soccer Month. Thank you for helping us make this a great month! It's the last day to enter for your chance to win a free Nike soccer ball or backpack so enter now.



UEFA Champions League



UEFA Champions League is back in action today and tomorrow. Make sure you tune in to watch the best soccer teams in Europe take the field.



MLS Save of the Week




Kaka to become highest paid player in MLS



Next season, Orlando City SC will enter Major League Soccer boasting the highest-paid player in the league's history. Read more salary information here.



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