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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: 11.20.13

Steve Prince

Orlando joins the MLS

 
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Buoyed by ambitious owners, three years of success at the minor-league level, and a fast-growing fanbase, Orlando City Soccer Club was named MLS's 21st franchise on Tuesday. Read more here.
 

 

USA vs Austria

 
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Despite the loss the 1-0 loss to Austria the U.S. Men's National Team closes out 2013 with a .761 winning percentage and a plus-28 goal differential.
 

 

In case you missed it

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US Youth Soccer has released a brand new clinic called Constructive Soccer - Principles of Play. The clinic is free to take and is a help to all parents and coaches to learn more about the principles of the game. Sign up here.
 

 

World Cup Drama

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No team in World Cup Qualifying history has ever come back from a 2-0 first leg loss - until yesterday. France defeated Ukraine 3-0 to advance to the World Cup and send Ukraine home. Read about all the drama here.
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 11.19.13

Stickley

TOPSoccer Bake Sale

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Madison Middle school 8th grader, Eva Solano for her National Junior Honor Society service project, had a bake sale to raise Funds for the TOPSoccer program. Read more.
 

 

PA West to join the NPSL

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The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is proud to announce that PA West Soccer has been granted an expansion team for Pittsburgh. The PA West Soccer entry will begin play in the Midwest Region’s Great Lakes Conference in 2014. Read the announcement here.
 

 

Lebron + Beckham

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Could LeBron James be teaming up with David Beckham on an MLS team in Miami? Although the two have previously discussed soccer in Miami, the Miami Heat superstar revealed on Monday that a stake in an MLS team for James has also been broached. Read more about the possible duo.
 

 

Soccer America NCAA Soccer Rankings

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Check out this week’s Top 25 Men’s and Women’s college soccer programs from Soccer America. Also included are links to both the Men's and Women's college brackets.
 

 

U.S. Men's National Team

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The U.S. Men's National Team takes on Austria today in a friendly. The team will be looking to improve on their 0-0 draw against Scotland. Read more.
 
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 11.18.13

Stickley

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

Stickley

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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