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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: 11.18.13

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Batkid

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Most people have already heard the story of Batkid, a 5-year-old whose dream to become Batman came true thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the city of San Francisco. If you haven't seen it yet, check out this video about his story. You may also remember this soccer-themed Make-A-Wish that featured the Portland Timbers.
 

 

NCAA Soccer Postseason Update

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Check out this recap with all the scores of the conference tournaments for NCAA men's soccer. For an updated women's soccer bracket, click here.
 

 

Happy Birthday

 
 
Mickey Mouse turns 85 years old today. Here he is in 2009 playing some soccer with Lionel Messi.
 

 

Wambach visits with youth

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Abby Wambach, perhaps the most recognizable star in women’s soccer, didn’t like to be the center of attention during her high school years. She told a group of South Texas youth soccer players that she nearly gave up the game when she began to get uncomfortable with the amount of attention she got based on her athletic prowess. See why she stuck with it.
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 11.15.13

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Don't gamble, especially with your house

 
An Arsenal fan made an ill-judged bet with one of his United-supporting friends that saw the father-of-three stake his two-roomed house in the eastern town of Iganga on Arsenal getting a result.
 

 

Just tap it in...

 
 
A striker from Bosnia & Herzegovina had a wide open goal and tried to crush the ball into the net. It didn't work out well.
 

 

Goal of the Day

 
 
We showed you a miss, so here's a video to make up for it. A 9-year-old in FC Cologne spins around two defenders before firing his shot past the goalkeeper for a beautiful goal.
 

 

OKC club gets its name

 
Oklahoma City team officials flashed Energy on the theater movie screen upstairs at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art Thursday as the new USL Pro team's nickname. What do you think of the name and logo?
 

 

Chastain discusses youth soccer

 
Former U.S. Women's National Team star Brandi Chastain discussed several youth soccer topics in a recent Q&A with Soccer America. We caught up with Brandi in September when she held a youth soccer clinic. Check out the video.
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 11.14.13

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Durango players make ODP

 
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The future of soccer in Durango looks bright after 40 members of the Durango Youth Soccer Association were selected for the New Mexico Youth Soccer Association 2013-2014 Olympic Development Program. Read more here.
 

 

Best way to pay for the subway

 
 
To promote the upcoming 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, subway stations in Moscow have added these impressive new machines which allow passengers to do 30 squats for a train ticket. Challenge for soccer players: Do some form of exercise before doing any daily travel for a week!
 

 

Back in Miami

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Look who's back in Miami. David Beckham is back on the prowl for a potential Major League Soccer expansion franchise in Miami, and apparently on the hunt for the right place for his team to play. Read more about which locations Beckham has his eyes on.
 

 

Tab Ramos

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U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced the appointment of three-time FIFA World Cup veteran Tab Ramos as the Federation’s Youth Technical Director. Read more about what that means for youth soccer in America.
 
 
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U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced the appointment of three-time FIFA World Cup veteran Tab Ramos as the Federation’s Youth Technical Director. - See more at: http://www.ussoccer.com/news/federation-services/2013/11/tab-ramos-named-us-soccer-youth-technical-director.aspx#sthash.HpPPJA0N.dpufU.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced the appointment of three-time FIFA World Cup veteran Tab Ramos as the Federation’s Youth Technical Director. - See more at: http://www.ussoccer.com/news/federation-services/2013/11/tab-ramos-named-us-soccer-youth-technical-director.aspx#sthash.HpPPJA0N.dpuf

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The 50/50 Blog: 11.13.13

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Mexico vs New Zealand

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Mexico plays host to New Zealand today in the first leg of a 2014 World Cup qualifying playoff. Will the struggling Mexican team get back on track or will the Oceania Champions New Zealand book another trip to the World Cup? Read more here.
 

 

Jacksonville needs your help

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There are only 18 days left. Jacksonville needs your help.They're getting a new NASL team in 2015, headed up by former MLS goalkeeper Darío Sala, and the club is trying to come up with a new name. So do your part as a North American soccer fan and offer up your suggestions here. If it's picked, you could end up winning a soccer vacation to the UK. Read more.
 

 

Ontario looks to phase out rankings under the age of twelve

 
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A representative for the Ontario Soccer Association said plans are on track to phase out standings among competitive players under the age of 12 — a move that will be mandatory provincewide by next year. Read more here and then let us know if you think this should happen in the United States.
 

 

Tale of two keepers

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In Spain, a goalkeeper scored on an overhead volley in stoppage time while in Argentina a keeper bit a foe in the back.Watch both here.
 
 
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