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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: 10.25.13


Drama in Seattle?

Seattle's Eddie Johnson has missed practice multiple times this week as Seattle prepare for their last game and the playoffs. Could we see an unhappy Johnson make a move to leave Seattle? Will this affect his chances to play with the U.S. Men's National Team? Read more.


Who should go to Europe?

Preparing for the 2014 World Cup, Klinsmann plans to work with MLS-based national-teamers to plan their offseason with a mix of individual training, European loans and a January national-team camp split between Southern California and Brazil. Who does Klinsmann think should go to Europe. Find out here.


Where are the coaches going?


There are a few teams in the MLS that are looking for coaches and it seems like the Columbus Crew are leading the running. Read here about which teams could be looking for coaches and what coaches they may be looking to snag.



Thank you from Jurgen Klinsmann



Embracing fits of failure

If you think you can play sports without making mistakes along the road, you set yourself up for a perfect storm of emotions and disappointments. Fear of failure -- or avoiding failure -- is a sure step toward stunting one’s growth. Read more here.


Kentucky offers new coaching channel

Kentucky Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) and CoachFX Live are thrilled to announce a 3
year partnership to provide a fantastic range of online coach and player education benefits to
the 40,000 players and 8,000 coaches of KYSA. Learn more.

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The 50/50 Blog: 10.24.13


MLS Pumpkin Contest

MLS Pumppkin Cropped is running its third annual MLS Pumpkin Carving Contest from Thursday, October 24 - Wednesday, October 30. One person's pumpkin carving will be selected based on style, creativity, originality, and its connection to MLS ie: club logos, players etc. The winner will receive one MLS jersey of his/her choice* from, and the photo of their pumpkin will be featured on on Halloween. Learn more here.


MLS player looks for US Citizenship

New England forward Diego Fagundez confirmed he plans to seek US citizenship after securing permanent residency status earlier this week. Fagundez, 18, now counts as a domestic player for the Revolution after securing his green card. He didn't delve into the specifics surrounding his new status, but he noted the positive outcome represents the first substantive step toward a possible shot with the US national team. Read more here.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic strikes four times

PSG were visitors as they faced Anderlechtin UEFA Champions League player yesterday. Check out two of the four goals here that were brilliant on the way to PSG's 5-0 win over the home-side.


Sam Snow on youth soccer rankings

Sam Snow
US Youth Soccer's Director of Coaching, Sam Snow, shares his thoughts on the recent lowering of the ranking age for youth soccer players by a registration company. Read Sam's thoughts here,, and then leave a comment about your thoughts on the rankings.


Stadium of the day

The Aviva Stadium is located in Dublin, Ireland and is co-owned by both the Irish Rugby Football Union and the Football Association of Ireland. The stadium was officially opened in May 2010 and hold 51,700 spectators. Learn more.

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The 50/50 Blog: 10.23.13


Orlando Soccer Stadium Approved
In Florida, the Orange County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday voted in favor of the approval of funds for a new multi-purpose, downtown soccer stadium for Orlando City SC. The move could help push the current USL Pro team into the MLS.


NCAA Top 25

Here are the weekly college rankings from Soccer America. Is your college/prospective college on the list?


Champions League Recap

Tuesday's UEFA Champions League games were full of great matchups that resulted in several entertaining games. Check out some highlights and analysis of the contests by watching these videos.


Soccer on TV
If you missed out on watching yesterday's Champions League, Soccer America has you covered with a list of soccer games you can catch on your TV during the rest of the week. Check it out.


Messi Makes Top 10

The 26-year-old has just become the first soccer player to break into the top-10 list of America's favorite athletes, according to the vast ESPN Sports Poll (October 2012-September 2013). Read more.


ODP Alum Wins Championship with Liverpool FC

ENYYSA Alum Amanda DaCosta Earns Championship with Liverpool FC | Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association, ENYSSA, Randy Voigt, Amanda DaCosta, Liverpool FC, Women\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s Super League
Amanda DaCosta, a former US Youth Soccer ODP Eastern New York player, won the Women’s Super League championship in England with Liverpool Football Club. She started in every game as an attacking midfielder and dished out 12 assists during the course of the season.

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The 50/50 Blog: 10.22.13


Nike + Ronaldo

Ronaldo cleats
Nike has released the superstar Ronaldo's new line of Mecurial Vapor's the Nike Mecurial Vapor IX. Inspired by the Supernova, this shoe is supposed to celebrate Nike's brightest star on the field and in the sky.


Tim Howard to make broadcasting debut

Just 24 hours after Howard's Everton take on Guzan's Aston Villa at Villa Park, Howard will hustle himself down to London to make his broadcasting debut on NBCSN alongside former Seattle Sounders and MLS commentator Arlo White. Read More.


World Series ticket for six dollars

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Whether it was an error or on purpose, one lucky man will attend Wednesday's Game 1 of the World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox for only six bucks. If you could get a ticket to the 2014 World Cup for six dollars, would you sell it, or would you go to the event? We would definitely go! Read More.


UEFA Champions League

The UEFA Champions League resumes today and tomorrow with games starting at 2:45 CT. There are some exciting matches so if you are lucky enough to be able to tune in during the day make sure you check them out. Find out which teams are playing.


Volley Goals


If you were fortunate enough to be able to watch this game between Fulham vs Crystal Palace Monday, you would have seen three spectacular volley goals. The three volleys would help lead the way for Fulham to secure a 4-1 win over Crystal Palace. Watch the highlights here.

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