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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: 5.5.14


US Youth Soccer Show

The newest episode of the US Youth Soccer Show is here and it is one that you won't want to miss. Watch above.



Ronaldo being Ronaldo



Ronaldo is pretty good at the whole soccer thing. He proves it here.



New ESPN World Cup Commercial



It doesn't matter who you are, your national pride will always come out when the World Cup rolls around.



Patrick Mullins



US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program alum, Patrick Mullins, scored his first MLS goal after being drafted this year by the New England Revolution. Also, the goal was a left-footed laser that is up for Goal of the Week. You probably should stop what you're doing and watch it right now.



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The 50/50 Blog: 5.2.14


U.S. to host Copa America in 2016

The 45th edition of the South American championship for national teams, to be held on the 100th anniversary of the inaugural tournament in 1916, will take place outside of South America for the first time ever — featuring 10 South American teams and six North American sides.

U.S. Men's National Team midfielders

The position-by-position breakdown of the U.S. Men's National Team continues with this look at the midfielders. It also features the video above, which takes a look at the rise of Graham Zusi.

The end of tiki-taka?

Pep Guardiola

The recent struggles of FC Barcelona, along with Real Madrid's handling of Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals, has some people wondering if the dominance of "tiki-taka" is fading.

Pro soccer returns to St. Louis

USL PRO announced on Thursday that it has awarded an expansion franchise for the 2015 season to the Missouri soccer hotbed, marking the third-division league's third newcomer for next year.


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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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