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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: 11.14.13

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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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The 50/50 Blog: 11.12.13

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Common Goals

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Check out our monthly Common Goals newsletter and catch up on a plethora of US Youth Soccer news. Read it here.
 

 

Soccer America Top 25

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Check out the most recent Soccer America college rankings and then check out the NCAA Women's Division I Bracket.
 

 

Goal Setting

 
 
You may think a video of a baby and dog has nothing to do with soccer but you'd be wrong. Keep practicing and reaching for your goals because you never know who else is going for the same thing.
 

 

Best FIFA Goal of the Year

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FIFA released its annual list of nominees for the best goal of 2013 on Monday and it is up to you fans to vote for your favorite before the three finalists are announced in mid-December. Voting closes Dec. 9th. A second round of voting will then determine the winner, to be revealed at the annual Ballon d’Or presentation. Watch all the goals here.
 

 

U.S. Men's National Team

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The U.S. Men's National Team faces Scotland this Friday and Kilnsmann has released his roster for the two upcoming friendly matches. What do you think of the players called up?

 

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The 50/50 Blog: 11.11.13

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Happy Veterans Day

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Legs she can't feel

 
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The first time she learned to walk, she kicked grapefruits across the kitchen floor, so there was never a time that Erin Davis didn't play soccer. Now Davis can't feel her legs but continues to play the game she loves. Read more.
 

 

Real Salt Lake

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RSL's 4-2 win over Portland last night puts them in good positition for the second leg in Portland on Nov. 24, though the Timbers will carry some hope home as a late consolation goal saved them from a daunting 4-1 aggregate deficit. Read more.
 

 

Sportsmanship in Saudi Arabia

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What's a goalkeeper to do when he has to tie his shoe in the middle of the game -- an impossible task with gloves on? It may have been lost on the referee, but the sportsmanship displayed during Al Nahdha-Al Ittihad in Saudi Arabia was quite touching. Watch here.
 

 

Hitchhiking with fans

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The U.S. women's team had a training session at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida ahead of their friendly against Brazil on Sunday. After the session, the team bus broke down. So instead of waiting for it to be fixed, the players hitched rides back to their hotel with fans, who were delighted to serve as chauffeurs for their heroes. Read more.
 
 
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