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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: 3.31.14

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EA Sports 2014 FIFA World Cup

 

 

EA Sports released its developer video for its EA Sports 2014 FIFA World Cup video game spotlighting its 10 game modes. If you're more into virtual soccer than actual soccer you should pick this up. After playing, go outside and kick around a real ball!

 


 

Bundesliga goals
 

 

Sometimes you just have to take the ball on your own and smash it into the back of the net.

 


 

Start watching the MLS

 

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Roughly half of the 23-man American roster this summer is expected to come from the United States' domestic pro league, Major League Soccer. Contrast that to 2010, when just four MLS players wore the red, white and blue for the USMNT; the rest of the team was composed of guys who played pro ball in foreign leagues. Read more here.

 


 

Tab Ramos named assistant

 

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With a little more than two months until the World Cup, Jurgen Klinsmann has made a shakeup to his US national team coaching staff, adding Tab Ramos as an assistant and dropping longtime deputy Martin Vasquez, US Soccer announced on Sunday. Read more here.

 

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The 50/50 Blog: 3.28.14

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Gedion Zelalem

 

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With the US national team having already pulled off one of their biggest recruitment coups in some time with Bayern Munich youngster Julian Green's recent commitment to the Yanks, Jurgen Klinsmann’s staff isn’t resting on their laurels. The USMNT is targeting yet another big-time European prospect: Arsenal product, and former US Youth Soccer Alum, Gedion Zelalem.

 


 

A Texas World Cup?

 

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Why not let Texas host its own World Cup?

Sure, that's probably something that not even FIFA would dare to do — would they? — but with a list of 10 host cities, a dozen stadiums and a whole slew of population figures, why the heck not? Sure we know it's never going to happen, but we sure like the sound of it since our office is based in Dallas! Read more here.

 


 

Zlatan Stamps

 

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According to the Postal Service, Zlatan’s iconic schnoz will appear on five different stamps and come in a special booklet of ten stamps. You know you're an icon when you get on a postage stamp. Read more here.

 



Victor Valdez

 

 

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdez tore his ACL in his last regular season game. Barcelona put out this great video letting him know how much they will miss their keeper.

 

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The 50/50 Blog: 3.27.14

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Without risk there is no victory

 

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Today we are able to provide the first details of the Nike Football Club, known as Nike FC, a new Nike 2014 World Cup campaign. Learn more here.

 


 

USA vs Mexico

 

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The MLS side of the U.S. Men's National Team will face Mexico with the additions of two Mexican League players (DaMarcus Beasely, and Michael Orozco) and newest addition Julian Green. See the entire roster.

 


 

Walk the field in Brazil

 

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The Player Escort program gives 25 young U.S. soccer fans aged 6 to 10 the chance for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Parents can enter for an opportunity for their child to walk hand-in-hand with a U.S. Men’s National Soccer player as they take the field for a 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ match this summer. Learn more here.

 


 

American AS ROMA owners set to build new stadium

 

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“The stadium is a very important piece for us,” Pallotta said in an interview. “With the stadium there and if we do what our plans say we’re going to do, I believe we can be one of the top three clubs in the world. That’s the goal — I’m not afraid to say it.” Read more about the stadium plans.

 

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The 50/50 Blog: 3.26.14

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Washington Youth Soccer partners with NSCAA

 

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Washington Youth Soccer has partnered with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) to create the Washington Coaches Association, a valuable resource for coaches of all levels in Washington state. Read more here.

 


 

Bayern Munich crowned Champions

 

 

Bayern Munich has clinched the Bundesliga title after only 27 games. From its 79 goals so far, the Bundesliga's YouTube channel picked these as the Top 10 Bayern golazos. Maybe since the title is clinched we'll see Julian Green get a chance with the first team before the World Cup!

 


 

Molly Halloran on female coaches

 

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In a field where female coaches are the minority, Molly Halloran is even more exceptional - a successful goalkeeper coach with a top Southern California club. Read more about Halloran's stance on female coaches.
 


 

Making headway on San Jose's new stadium

 

 

 

The construction on the Earthquakes new stadium seems to be going well. The Earthquakes plan to use the stadium next season.  Check out more pictures of the stadium going up.

 

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