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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: 11.25.13

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National League

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The first four days of the US Youth Soccer National League Boy's season have come to a close in North Carolina. All the races for a guaranteed spot in the 2014 US Youth Soccer National Championships are still very cose after the first weekend. Check out all the scores and highlights here.
 

 

2013 ODP Girls News | Thanksgiving Interregional

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The annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls Thanksgiving Interregional commenced Sunday in Boca Raton, Fla. with the 1998 and 1999 age groups starting the action. Follow the action through all six days here.
 

 

MLS Cup final set

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Sporting Kansas City defeated Houston 2-1 on Saturday clinching the opportunity to not only go to the MLS Cup final, but to host it. Real Salt Lake ended Portland's home game winning streak winning 1-0 Sunday night in Portland to advance to the MLS final for the club's second time. Read more here.


 

5-year old with soccer skills

 
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A fun story about youth player Alex Gonzalez. We love seeing youth kids that have a passion for the game. Read more and watch about Alex here.
 
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 11.22.13

Stickley

Kevin Hartman retires

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Longtime LA Galaxy, Kansas City, FC Dallas and New York Red Bulls shot-stopper Kevin Hartman announced his retirement from professional soccer on Thursday, bringing an end to a 17-year career that saw him collect two MLS Cups and earn almost every MLS goalkeeping record. Read more here.
 

 

NHL bicycle kick

 
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Why we think that this save is an absolute accident, it still looks awesome and gave us something to tease our hockey friends about. Check out this great looking bicycle kick hockey save here.
 

 

US Youth Soccer Girls ODP

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Nearly 300 of the nation's top players in girls youth soccer will converge for the annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls Thanksgiving Interregional. Teams from US Youth Soccer's four regions - Region I (East), Region II (Midwest), Region III (South) and Region IV (West) - will compete against each other in front of various college coaches. Check back for scores during the event (November 24-29).
 

 

Most valuable MLS teams

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Forbes wrote a great article this week on Major League Soccer's most valuable teams. Take a moment and give it a read.
 

 

'What's in their bag' contest

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Former EPL Pro and San Diego Flash Head Coach Warren Barton knows training with tools like these help elevate all aspects of the game, not only the fundamentals of control and passing, but also movement and team play. That is why he keeps them in his @SKLZ bag: http://bit.ly/1aU9aQ9

For a chance to win the items in his bag enter the contest here: http://bit.ly/I2fKO7. Contest will be open until 2 p.m. today so enter quickly for yur chance to win!
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 11.21.13

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National League

 
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The 2013-2014 US Youth Soccer National League season kicked off this morning in Wilson, N.C. Make sure you follow all the games here.
 

 

MLS Mock Draft

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The 2014 MLS draft will take place at the combined US Youth Soccer Workshop/ NSCAA Convention in Philadephila this January. Here is an early predicition on who teams might pick.
 

 

Get ready, here they come

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Qualfying has ended and the 32 above teams will represent their countries at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The World Cup draw will take place December 6 in Brazil. Read more here.
 

 

State Cup

 
Some State Cups have finished and others will be taking place through June next year. Enjoy this promo video for the 2014 Indiana State Cup.
 
 
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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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