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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: 11.27.13

Steve Prince

So close...

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Sao Paulo midfielder Ganso demonstrated sublime dribbling skills amid a crowd of Botafogo defenders and came oh so close to scoring with chip over the keeper. Watch here.
 

 

Miami saga continues

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If it materializes, it could become the most picturesque soccer stadium in the country, complete with a backdrop of cruise ships, yachts and the city skyline. Read more here.
 

 

CUP alum to join U-20 USWNT

 
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CUP alum Rose Lavelle has been invited to another U.S. Soccer Under-20 Women's National Team camp. Good luck Rose!
 

 
 

ICYMI: 2014 MLS schedule released

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Major League Soccer unveiled its complete 2014 regular season schedule on Monday, with one special wrinkle while the world turns its attention to the World Cup in Brazil. Find out when your team will be playing here.
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 11.26.13

Stickley

MLS Goal of the Year voting

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Take your time to vote for one of the final goals.  The voting closes on November 29th!
 

 

New Nike Kits

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These are the BRAND NEW Nike jerseys that are part of the kits provided for our US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Regional teams. The players also received the rest of the full kit including: Shorts, socks and a matching Nike track suit.
 

 

US Youth Soccer ODP brings players together

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Women’s soccer teammates Abby Dahlkemper and Caprice Dydasco have been friends since they were 13 years old. Despite their different hometowns, the duo met while participating in a regional U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program camp and quickly became friends. Read more here.
 

 

US Youth Soccer alum wins MLS Rookie of theYear

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Former US Youth Soccer ODP player Dillon Powers has been named the 2013 MLS Rookie of the Year. Read more about his achievement here.
 
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 11.25.13

Stickley

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

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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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