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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: 3.11.14

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Soccer on TV

 

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Another week means another week of soccer. Check out what games will be on TV this week.

 


 

CONCACAF Champions League

 

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The San Jose Earthquakes take on Mexican side Deportivo Toluca FC in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals tonight. Read more here.

 


 

Power Rankings

 

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The first MLS Power Rankings of the year are out. See where your team stands. While we're at it, we really like the "The TEAM is the Star" quote in the Real Salt Lake locker room here. See the Power Rankings here.

 


 

US Youth Soccer Photo Event

 

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1. FOLLOW US Youth Soccer National League on Twitter and Instagram, and LIKE us on Facebook.
2. Post a photo related to the theme of each day during the two weeks of National League Boys and Girls play in Las Vegas. March 11-17 are the boys' challenge days and March 17-23 are the girls' challenge days.
3. Make sure to tag your photos using #EarnYourPlace.
4. We'll repost some of our favorite submissions from each day.
5. We'll pick some of our favorite photos from the two weeks and give the players (or coaches!) who post them some US Youth Soccer gear.

 

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The 50/50 Blog: 3.10.14

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MLS Kicks Off

The 2014 MLS season kicked off this weekend with some great plays that you can see in the above video. You can also check out the Goal of the Week nominees here.


Goal celebration of the weekend

Samuel Eto'o helped Chelsea stay atop the English Premier League with a surprise start on Saturday, and he used recent questions about his real age to fuel a funny celebration.


MLS key to USMNT?

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After many of the European-based American players struggled in the loss to Ukraine, it's clear that MLS players will be the key for the U.S. Men's National Team in Brazil this summer.


Inside the march to Brazil

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ESPN will premiere a six-episode series, “Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil,” produced by Jonathan Hock and Roger Bennett, providing a never-before-seen perspective inside the training camp of the men’s national team as its prepares for the World Cup.

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The 50/50 Blog: 3.7.14

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Yael Averbuch

 

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Soccer has always been an important part of life for U.S. Women's National Team midfielder Yale Averbuch. The US Youth Soccer Alum has now embarked on a new ambassador role off the field. Read more here.

 


 

MLS catches up to MLB

 

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Are MLS players now America’s true “Boys of Summer?”  For the first time in the nation’s history, Major League Soccer (inaugural season: 1996) has caught up with Major League Baseball (founded in 1869) in a significant marker of popularity.  Both leagues can claim 18 percent of 12-17-year-olds as avid fans of their sport. Read more here.

 

 


 

Things not to do

 

 

Even professionals make mistakes. Watch this blunder above and then click here to watch a couple more.

 


 

MLS Kick off

 

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Major League Soccer kicks off it's season tomorrow with the Seattle Sounders facing the reigning MLS Champions, Sporting Kansas City. Find the whole MLS schedule here.

 

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The 50/50 Blog: 3.6.14

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International goals roundup

 

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Here is a roundup of the international goals from yesterday's games. This was one of the last international dates of play before countries must decide on their roster for the World Cup. Watch the goals here.

 


 

Pitch Invader

 

 

This isn't an animal invading the field, nor is it an adult. Watch how Neymar and his teammates take this kids' run onto the field and turn it into a highlight of a lifetime....to the dismay of the South African staff.

 


 

Magista

 

 

Nike has revealed their newest cleat today, the Nike Magista. Watch the video above and then learn more about it here.

 


 

USMNT vs Ukraine

 

 

It may be to painful to relive, but here are the highlights of yesterday's game against Ukraine. Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann afterwaards said that, "It would be a miracle if we had played well, still we need these games.” Read more to find out why he thinks this.

 

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