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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: 10.1.13

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A big thank you for a great Youth Soccer Month

 
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We hope you all enjoyed Youth Soccer Month - an important campaign to help bring awareness about the benefits of playing the game, and bring kids and families together for fun, friendship and fitness. Here are a few great #YSM2013 shots we saw this month!
 

 

US Open Cup

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Despite being in last place, DC United has been resilient in the US Open Cup competition. United meets Western Conference leaders Real Salt Lake in Sandy, Utah tonight at 9 p.m. ET on GolTV. Winner will get the US Open Cup as well as a berth into next year's CONCAF Champions League. Whatch the MLS preview of the match here.
 

 

UEFA Champions League

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The UEFA Champions League starts another round today with some great match ups. This is our match up of the day as Celtic and Barcelona each traded wins in last year's Champions League and we're sure this will be another battle between the two storied clubs. Schedule of Games.
 

 

Howard snags assist

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Not to be outdone by U.S. Men's National Team counterpart Brad Guzan, Howard also nabbed an assist. Chcek out this highlight video of Everton against New Castle United from yesterday. Starting at the 54 second mark Howard hits a beautifully placed kick to his teammate Lukaku who rounds the keeper for a beautiful goal.
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 9.30.13

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Guzan with an unlikely assist

 
 
U.S. Men's National Team player Brad Guzan sends a perfect punt down field finding a teammate for a goal. The goal gave Aston Villa a 3-2 advantage over Manchester City and eventually the win. It looks like the video has been removed, but you can check out a .gif of Guzan's assist in this article.
 

 

Aron Johannsson scores game winner

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Up and coming U.S. Men's National Team Player Aron Johannson continued his deadly form on Saturday, striking a picturesque winner as AZ Alkmaar topped visiting Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven 2-1. Watch here.

 


 

ODP players fill U-17 Girls National Team Roster

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The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) continues to be a common thread for players called into national team camps. Of the 19 players named to a recent U.S. Under-17 Girls’ National Team training camp roster, 13 are members of US Youth Soccer ODP. Read more here.
 

 

Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks launch Safe Fields Campaign

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The Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks (DMCVS) Soccer Club recently announced the Safe Fields Campaign, an initiative to ensure DMCVS continues to secure an adequate number of the safest and best maintained fields for more than 3,000 children playing soccer in the North County community. Read more about this great initiative here.
 

 

Sign up for a US Youth Soccer newsletter

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Here at US Youth Soccer we want to keep you informed with what is happening in the world of youth soccer. We offer many ways to get information from USYouthSoccer.org to social media. A simple way to get the information you are looking for is through our newsletter subscriptions - which deliver the info right to your inbox. Sign up for a newsletter today!
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 9.27.13

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Soccer Month

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Today marks the end of the last full week of Youth Soccer Month. We hope everyone has enjoyed this month and focused on fun, family, friendship and fitness! Make sure you take time to enter for your last chance to win one of our great prizes.
 

 

Oh No!

 
Flamengo midfielder Elias misses this chance from one yard out. This is one of those moments that makes you hurt, laugh and hope this never happen to you on camera in the future!
 

 

Soccer Dogs

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As a notorious frisbee fan, Zak was appalled to see that his dogs had a new love....soccer balls! Here, Zak shows us a few tricks to do with a soccer ball to keep your dogs happy at the park!
 
 

 

Stadium we Love - The Float at Marina Bay

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There are a lot of awesome stadiums and soccer fields around the world and this is one of our favorites. The world’s largest floating stadium, this has been the venue for the annual National Day Parade since 2007, and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games 2010. It is fixed to the seabed by six pylons and can bear the total weight of 9,000 people. Leave a comment on the blog with which stadiums you like most around the world and why and we'll feature them in our blog!
 

 

MLS Powerhouses Collide

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This Sunday, four of the top teams in Major League Soccer collide in two huge marquee matchups. The New York Red Bulls (first place in the East) take on Seattle (first place in the West) while Portland looks to widen its gap over Western Conference rivals and defending champions LA Galaxy. Where does your team sit in the standings?
 

 
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The 50/50 Blog: 9.26.13

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Former US Youth Soccer ODP Player Tori Ball

 
 
Former Alabama US Youth Soccer ODP Player, Tori Ball, went to Africa to help underprivileged kids. Watch above to hear her story and then read more about Tori's experience on Auburn's website.
 

 

Free Kick Mind Games

 
 
A German fourth division side, Rot-Weiss Essen, plan and execute a perfect free-kick. We're pretty sure it would have gone in without all the theatrics, because it was a brilliantly struck kick, but it's always fun to see teams mix it up!
 

 

2013 US Youth Soccer National Championships by the Numbers

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Click the following link to check out a great infographic we put together about some of the numbers involving this years 2013 US Youth Soccer National Championships: Click here.
 

 

Danny Mwanga's Journey to U.S. Citizenship 

  
 
Danny Mwanga, who played in the 2009 US Youth Soccer National Championship Under-18 Championship match with WSM Internationals, shares his journey of becoming a U.S. Citizen.
 

 

Richard Jata's story on MLS Storytime

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You may have never heard of Richard Jata, the third to last pick in the 2009 MLS Super Draft. Take a second and listen to the story of how Jata got to experience the moment of a lifetime and how he's still involved with soccer. We love hearing motivational stories of former US Youth Soccer Players (Jata played for US Youth Soccer ODP Region III).
 
 
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