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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: 4.23.14


Jamaican Women's Soccer



If the Jamaica women's national soccer team can finish in the top three of its group in a qualifying campaign beginning this year, it books itself a trip to the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada. If the money doesn't dry up first. Read more here.



Finding US Youth Soccer ODP



Christian Yarussi is a man who has dedicated his life to the beautiful game. One day someone from the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (ODP) saw him working toward his national license in San Antonio and asked if he was interested in being part of the ODP. Read more here.



Wonder Volley


Kaiserslautern's Florian Dick tries an unlikely volley from outside the box and hammers the ball under the bar to equalize against FSV Frankfurt.



FIFA shares USMNT profile video


USA profile

FIFA TV has put up a video profiling the U.S. Men's National Team. The video includes what to expect at the World Cup as well as interviews from players and Jurgen Klinsmann. Watch it here.



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The 50/50 Blog: 4.22.14


Luck or skill?




MLS Goal of the Week nominees




Chelsea vs Atletico



The final four teams vie for a place in the UEFA Champion's League final starting today. Chelsea face off against Atletico Madrid at 2:45 p.m. ET. Read more.





Adrian Grajeda

Ten-year-old Adrian Grajeda is back working on his ultimate goal: becoming a professional soccer player. Read more and learn why here.



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The 50/50 Blog: 4.21.14


Soccer fans protest new ticketing system



International soccer matches have a reputation for occasionally rowdy fans, but on Sunday Police in Turkey were dealing with a fan uprising not related to the outcome of a game but to a new e-ticketing system. Read more here.



Soccer Star to YouTube Star



You've seen us post videos from Jimmy Conrad's YouTube channel KickTV. Now learn how he transitioned from the field to a YouTube star. Read more here.



Nick Rimando



If you're a fan of goalie highlights you need to watch the highlights between this weekend's matchup between Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake. Real Salt Lake and U.S. National Team goalkeeper Nick Rimando made plenty of highlight saves worth rewatching.



Luis Suarez and Paul MCCartney



Liverpool-born Beatles legend Paul McCartney was set to perform a concert on Saturday in Uruguay's Centenario Stadium, site of the first World Cup final in 1930, so Liverpool's Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez conducted a long-distance interview with the 71-year-old.



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The 50/50 Blog: 4.18.14


Tim Howard extends stay with Everton



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Roberto Martinez believes Tim Howard's influence off the field is as valuable as his excellence on it.

The USA international has penned a two year extension to his contract, ensuring he will remain at Goodison until 2018 at least - when he will be 39 years old.



Jojo Harber called-in for U15 National Team


Jojo Harber

Girls' U15 National Team Coach B.J. Snow was on the sidelines watching national champions Eastside FC's G98 Red play their first National League game against Pennsylvannia's Beadling Bulldogs at the Vegas Player Showcase in March. It was there he saw EFC's forward, Jojo Harber. Read more.



Gareth Bale issued mock speeding ticket



Police issue Gareth Bale with speeding ticket for ‘reckless over-taking’ in Copa Del Rey Final. Read more here.



'Daily Show,' 'Colbert Report' Staff to Compete In Celebrity Soccer Tournament




The staffs of The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and John Oliver's Last Week Tonight will be among the teams slated to face off at a celebrity soccer tournament this weekend as part of NYFEST. Read more here.



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