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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: 10.31.13

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Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween from us at US Youth Soccer! Make sure as you share your soccer Halloween photos and tag them with #UsysHalloween so that we can share them with everyone!
 

Seattle vs Colorado

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The Colorado Rapids faced the Seattle Sounders last night in the opening Knockout Round game of the MLS Playoffs. Read here to see who won and see the goals.
 

 

Amirgy Pineda

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Amirgy Pineda, who plays for Fullerton (Calif.) Rangers, in the US Youth Soccer National League, and the U.S. under-18 national team, has been invited to take part in the Nike Chance Global Showcase Nov. 1-4 at St. George’s Park, the English Football Association's national center in Burton upon Trent. Read more here.
 

 

 Asphalt into Turf

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After more than a decade of providing after-school programs that combine soccer and poetry at Bay Area schools, America Scores has launched a campaign to build micro-soccer artificial turf fields at 18 San Francisco schools. Learn more here.

 

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The 50/50 Blog: 10.30.13

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Albion SC Girls

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Over their eight years, these girls have seen success at every level, including CSL, Cal South and Far West Regional League. More recently they took top honors playing up at the Disney PUMA Showcase in Orlando, Florida. In mid-October, this elite team traveled to Sweden to compete internationally courtesy of PUMA. This Albion SC girls team will also be participating in the US Youth Soccer National League that starts in December. Learn More here.
 

 

SDSU baseball players in costume

 
 
Members of the SDSU baseball team took part in the annual Halloween Baseball Contest and Game on Sunday afternoon at Tony Gwynn Stadium. Did any of you dress up for soccer practice this week?
 

 

Penalty kick fail

 
 
Don't get fancy from the spot, just slot it home!
 

 

Another penalty kick miss

 
 
ATSV Stadl-Paura led 5-1 SK Altheim when it was awarded a penalty kick. The TV commentator accused the players who conjured the trick play of "watching too much YouTube." Well, now they're on YouTube. 
 
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 10.29.13

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MLS Playoffs

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The 2013 MLS Playoffs start tomorrow and Wednesday with play-in games. Who will be hoisting the MLS Cup at the end of it all? See the bracket here.
 

 

College Soccer Top 25

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Another week, another set of Soccer America Weekly College Rankings. Check them out.
 

 
 

2014 US Youth Workshop Schedule

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The schedule is now available for the 2014 US Youth Soccer Workshop, held in conjunction with the NSCAA Convention, which will take place Jan. 15-19, 2014 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia — bringing thousands of coaches, administrators, referees and soccer enthusiasts together in one place. Find the schedule here.
 

 

US Youth Soccer Instagram

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Check out our Instagram feed and see what new US Youth Soccer pictures are up. We'd love to share YOUR pictures so tag them with #USYouthSoccer and we'll share our favorites.
 

 

#UsysHalloween

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We want to see your halloween costumes this year, especially your soccer inspired ones! Tag your photos on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with #UsysHalloween so we can create an album of Halloween photos from you. Look at last year's album here.
 
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 10.28.13

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Dempsey Scores for Seattle

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Clint Dempsey scored his first goal as a member of the Seattle Sounders by redirecting a cross using the outside of his foot in Sunday's 1-1 tie against the LA Galaxy.
 

 

More MLS News

 
The New York Red Bulls claimed their first major trophy by winning the MLS Supporters' Shield, awarded to the MLS club with the best regular-season record. The MLS Playoffs are now set, and you can view the bracket here.
 

 

 USWNT 4, New Zealand 1

 
The U.S. Women's National Team won another friendly match on Sunday, defeating New Zealand, 4-1, in San Francisco. If you missed the game, you can check out the full match in the above video. Megan Rapinoe, who recently did a Q&A with us, scored on a free kick (15:00 mark in video). Christen Press, who is on the cover of the latest FUEL Soccer Magazine, also scored (50:00 mark).
 

 

Bradley Scores Game-Winner

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United States midfielder Michael Bradley scored late to help 10-man Roma beat Udinese 1-0 and set a Serie A record by winning its first nine matches of the season.
 

 

U.S. Coach in Iran

 
Dan Gaspar, who will be presenting at the 2014 US Youth Soccer Workshop in January, was featured in this article about his life while on the coaching staff of the Iranian national soccer team.
 
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