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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: 9.25.13


Dynamo's Ching says he's done

Houston Dynamo player and World Cup veteran Brian Ching will hang up his cleats at the end of the 2013 season. Read more about Ching's legacy in the MLS.


Ringing Out

jens p cup article
The Belles, from Georgia Youth Soccer Association finished 2nd in the US Youth Soccer Regoin III Presidents Cup event in 2012. Now they are playing in the top tier of Georgia soccer with a mix of players that are 17 and younger even though they are a Under-19 team. Read more about the Belles journey.


Miss a PK? Just bike it in!

Glenn van der Linder scored this great goal in the Belgium second division. Would you think to try something like this after missing a PK?


Where are all 549 MLS players from?

MLS players
Ever wonder where all 549 players in the MLS grew up playing? There are a total of 62 countries from across the globe represented in the MLS today (Click here for a bigger version of the map).



Now this looks painful! Mental note for all soccer players: Don't slide tackle with your face!
Read more about this here.

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The 50/50 Blog: 9.26.13


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

Click the following link to check out a great infographic we put together about some of the numbers involving this year's 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 Championships with Under-18 WSM Internationals, shares his journey of becoming a U.S. Citizen.


Richard Jata's story on MLS Storytime

Richard Jata
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 in Region III ODP).

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The 50/50 Blog: 9.24.13


Rice kicker shows off some soccer flare

This kicker for the Rice football team shows off a little soccer skill to help his team successfully recover an onside kick late in its game against Houston.


Wambach teams up with Wisconsin Youth Soccer

Wambach, along with Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association, has launched an innovative and fun fundraiser to benefit WYSA’s TOPSoccer and Soccer Across America programs. Read more here.


Youth player gets tryout with Manchester United

Nick Taitague
Nick was spotted while playing for the US National team by a scout from Manchester United and was invited to try out for the prestigious franchise. The tryout is Oct. 5 and will last 10 days in London. Click here to read more.


Soccer America's College Rankings

Soccer America has realsed their weekly rankings of NCAA division I schools. Click here to see which teams are top in the country right now.


FIFA 14 Released Today

Fifa 14
The FIFA franchise is one of the most successful video game franchises to-date and today marks the release of its newest entry, FIFA 14. If you like soccer, and you like video games, you can't go wrong with grabbing the newest version of the game. Watch the trailer here. Remember, FIFA is no replacement for actually getting on the field and kicking a ball around!

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The 50/50 Blog: 9.23.13


Final Week of Youth Soccer Month

It's the last week of Youth Soccer Month, which means it's fitness week. Learn more about what week four is all about here and make sure you don't forget to sign up each day for our contests!


LA Galaxy vs Seattle Sounders

In our final Youth Soccer Month MLS game, the LA Galaxy tied the Seattle Sounders 1-1. We gave out about 1,000 pairs of thundersticks to the first people at the stadium to help bring the noise! Curious to see what events are going on this week? Check out our event calendar.


Time for a Slice?

Oduro Pizza
Columbus Crew forward, Dominic Oduro, decided that after his goal he would take some time to grab a quick snack. Who ever said a mid-game pizza break was a bad idea? Watch here.



We love finding great goals no matter what league it's in. This gem comes from a Portuguese women's league futsal game. Check it out. 


Quick Q&A with USWNT Player Megan Rapinoe

U.S. Women's National Team midfielder Megan Rapinoe and her twin sister, Rachael, held a soccer camp near our national office in Frisco, Texas. We stopped by to ask Megan some questions about the National Team and her life off the field. Enjoy!

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