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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: 12.12.13

Steve Prince

Champions League

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Congratulations to the final 16 teams advancing in the UEFA Champions League. Games will resume February 18 2014, so stay tuned!
 

 

Northwest League Champions Cup

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The matchups and schedules have been announced for the first annual Northwest League Champions Cup, a competition between the Under-13 through Under-16 boys and girls champions from Washington Youth Soccer’s Regional Club League (RCL) and B.C. Soccer’s Premier League (BCSPL). The two leagues represent the highest level of league play offered in both Washington and British Columbia, and is the latest in a collaboration to promote soccer in both areas that dates back to the 1950s. Read more here.
 

 

One man's misfortune is another's fortune  

 
 
Seconds after Vasile Maftei of Romanian club Cluj missed from a yard out, his teammate scored from near the halfway line.
 

 

Coaches Connection

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The Coaches Connection provides members with a link to the US Youth Soccer Coaching Education Network: National Staff Coaches, plus 55 State Association Directors of Coaching Education and their staffs, as well as guest lectures from around the world! See how you can join.
 
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 12.11.13

Steve Prince

UCLA wins first title

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Kodi Lavrusky gave UCLA its first NCAA women's soccer title Sunday, scoring in the 97th minute to lift the Bruins past Florida State, 1-0 in overtime, in cold and rainy conditions. Read more here.
 

 

Samuel E'to

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Could Samuel E'to be headed to Major League Soccer after this season with Chelsea? Rumors say yes.

 

 

Sacha Kljestan

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Sacha Kljestan became only the fifth American to score in the UEFA Champions League when he struck for eight-man Anderlecht in its 3-1 loss at Olympiakos. Watch here.

 


 

US Youth Soccer Workshop

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Just a reminder: The US Youth Soccer Workshop is taking place in Philadelphia January 15-19. For more information on this great even click here.
 
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 12.10.13

Stickley

Indoor Brilliance

 
 
Sometimes we find awesome highlights and need to share. This is one of those times.
 

 

Jimmy Nielsen

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After helping guide his team to a 2013 MLS Cup victory Jimmy Nielsen anounced his retirement. Read more about his storied career.
 

 

National League

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The first round of games of the US Youth Soccer National League has come to an end. Make sure you check out the most recent girls standings and highlights here.
 

 

Wambach

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Abby Wambach comes in at #5 on ESPN W's Top 10 impactful women athletes. Read more about her successful 2013.
 

 

FIFA Ballon d'Or

 
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Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery are the finalists for the Ballon d’Or, given to the world’s top soccer player, FIFA announced on Monday. Read more.
 
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 12.9.13

Stickley

Messi & Kobe

 
Messi stars alongside Kobe Bryant in this commerical for Turkish Airlines. If you could travel anywhere in the world to play soccer with Messi where would you go?
 

 

US Youth Soccer ODP All-Stars

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After some great US Youth Soccer ODP Boys and Girls Interregional soccer, the All-Star teams for the events have been announced. Make sure you make sure you check out who made the Boys and Girls All-Star lists.
 

 

2014 World Cup Draw

 
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Here are the groups for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Who do you think has the best chances of making it out of their group? Do you think the USA is in the "Group od death?"
 

 

MLS Cup Champions

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Congratulations to Sporting Kansas City for winning the MLS Cup. SKC came back from being down 1-0 to force extra time and a shootout and then endured for the win.
 
 
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