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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: 9.16.14


Bethlehem Steel FC



When the Philadelphia Union players march through the tunnel and onto the field for Today’s US Open Cup championship game against the Seattle Sounders, they’ll be wearing a sleek black jersey with a “B” on the bottom of it and the Bethlehem Steel F.C. logo on the back. Read more here.



Friendship Q&A with DMCV Sharks' Shelby Lee



DMCV captain Shelby Lee talked to US Youth Soccer about the team’s success and how enjoyable the game can be when you are playing with some of your best friends. Read more here.



College Top 25



Check out the most recent weekly soccer rankings! Find them here.


Nike Cleats



Looking for a new pair of cleats for this soccer season? Check out the most recent releases for this season from Nike. See them here.



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The 50/50 Blog: 9.15.14


Top MLS plays



Major League Soccer counts down the best plays you may have missed from Week 27 in MLS. Watch here.



Great back heel goal



The AC Milan winger rounded Parma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante and was sprinting parallel to the goal line, leaving him only one option for a shot -- and he pulls off the back-heel shot perfectly.



Brek Shea



Just days after finalizing a loan move to Birmingham City in an effort to earn consistent playing time, Shea was handed a start by the club in Saturday’s showdown against Leeds United. Shea made good on manager Lee Clark’s faith, assisting on the opener in what was an eventual 1-1 draw at St. Andrew’s Stadium. Read more.


U.S. Women's National Team




The Americans rained down goals on their opponent in Sandy, Utah on Saturday and it set the USWNT up nicely for next month’s World Cup qualifiers. After all, Mexico will be the strongest opponent for the U.S. in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament. Read more. Watch highlights.


Soccer in Sportscenter Top 10



We love it when soccer makes Top 10!



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The 50/50 Blog: 9.12.14


Don Garber



MLS commissioner Don Garber has signed a new 5-year deal. Read more.



American Exports



Several Americans will take part in key European clashes this weekend, with both Julian Green and Brek Shea chasing loan debuts. Read more.



Klinsmann to call in best players



MLS clubs might still be jockeying for playoff positioning next month when FIFA’s October international dates roll around, but that will not stop U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann from summoning his best players. Read more.



Virtual Soccer



Injured? Game rained out? Do everything you can to play the game in real life, but if you can't check out the new FIFA game that is coming out.



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The 50/50 Blog: 9.11.14


Brek Shea


Blog Transfers

As first reported by ESPN analyst Alexi Lalas and confirmed to by a source close to the negotiations, Shea is on his way to Birmingham City of the English Championship. Read more.



Real Salt Lake names USL Pro team




Real Salt Lake have settled upon a name for their USL PRO team that will begin play in 2015, as owner Dell Loy Hansen revealed Wednesday in a presentation to the Utah State Fairpark Board of Directors that the outfit would be called the Real Monarchs. Read more.






Check out this back-heel goal from Atletico Paranaense striker Dellatorre.



Beautiful Volley


How about this strike from the seventh division of soccer in Belgium? While on the run, he controls a long, high through ball with a right-foot tap and hammers home a volley with his left.



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