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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: 5.1.14


U.S. Open Cup


Open Cup

Play in the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup begins Tuesday with eight first-round games involving amateur teams. See the schedule for the first two rounds here.



Wonder Goal from Akron


Akron freshman Richie Laryea blasts one into the upper 90 after some great passing from his teammates.




More trouble for expansion team's looking to create their stadiums as David Beckham's prospective site at PortMiami gained more opposition. Read more here.



U.S. Men's National Team Forwards


Which forwards will be heading to the World Cup? MLS writer Matt Doyle says only two players are a lock, one of them being Clint Dempsey. See who the other players are on his list.



Albion SC headed to Germantown



Every competitive club in America hopes to send a team to the prestigious US Youth Soccer National Championships - the pinnacle of youth soccer competition. Read how Albion SC punched their ticket.



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The 50/50 Blog: 4.30.14


Real Madrid advances to Champions League final


In a game that no one thought would be one-sided, Real Madrid defeated Bayern Munich 4-0 to advance to the final. They will play the winner of today's game between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid.


Nike Magista


Nike's newest cleat is now out for pre-order. Take a minute to see how it is put together.



USMNT Leftbacks



Following suit with the centerback article yesterday here is a look at the prospective left backs for the U.S. Men's National Team in the World Cup.



Orlando City hits stadium issue


Orlando City

With all these new expansion teams rushing to get into the MLS it seems like there are problems popping up with their stadium deals. Miami is having trouble getting approval for their number one spot, and NYCFC looks like they may have trouble getting a stadium in the Bronx like they want. Joining the party is Orlando City who is struggling to get the last piece of land needed from a church. See how much the church wants them to pay.



Bicycle Kick


We love seeing acrobatic goals and this goal by Mauro Zarate is no exception.



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The 50/50 Blog: 4.29.14


US Youth Soccer ODP Player Spotlight



Courtney McLeod didn’t have your typical spring break trip. Instead of opting for the beach or another usual hangout for teenagers, the South Florence senior traveled to Italy with a team of 17 all-star soccer players from the Olympic Development Program’s Region III. Read more here.



MLS Save of the Week



Which save do you think was the best of the week? Vote here.



American saves Costa Rican soccer club



This short video profiles David Patey, the American ex-pat who saved C.S. Herediano, one of the Costa Rica's most beloved and important soccer clubs.



USMNT Centerbacks



For the first time since 1998, the U.S. Men’s National Team could head into the World Cup with no starting experience from their centerback pair. Read more about the prospective US World Cup centerbacks here.



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The 50/50 Blog: 4.28.14

Steve Prince

Right Footed Rocket


It's not easy to score on Real Salt Lake's Nick Rimando but Vancouver's Sebastian Fernandez hit a beauty of a shot to grab a tie for his team in Salt Lake.



Eastern New York ODP



The Olympic Development Program (ODP) teams from the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) continue to make a good impression on their tours of Italy during 2014. Read more here.



US Youth Soccer National Youth License


Looking to take a National Youth License Coaching Course? Here is a map with locations of upcoming events. Learn more about the National Youth License here.



Goal from almost midfield



A beautiful goal that hurts a little to watch because it's on our American keeper Brad Guzan. But man, what a shot!



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