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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: 9.20.13

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Chris Hegardt's Effort to Play on

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ESPN created a E:60 segment about Chris Hegardt's fight with cancer. Chris plays for a club team called Surf based in San Diego. Watch and read about his struggle with cancer in order to be able to continue playing the game he loves. 
 

 

US Youth Soccer's TOPSoccer Program

 
This is a beautiful video posted online about a local TOPSoccer program based in Virginia. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, who has a mental or physical disability. 
 

 

Rapinoe Sisters hold Soccer Camps

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U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder and former US Youth Soccer ODP player Megan Rapinoe, along with her sister, Rachael, held a camp for youth players near our National Office in Frisco, Texas. Rapinoe (third row, far right in the photo) answered some questions about youth soccer and the Women’s National Team. Keep an eye out for a video from the event! 
 

 

Ranking the Top Five Young American Exports across the pond

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The MLS just posted this quick article about five young players in Europe that are looking to make an impact at the upcoming World Cup. Make sure you read up on these players and then keep your eyes on them on the Road to Brazil. 
 

 

Soccer on TV

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Here is Soccer America's list of games that are going to be broadcast this weekend. Take some time to flip through the list and see which games you will be able to watch. Is it ever really possible to watch too much soccer? 
 
 
 
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 9.19.13

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Youth Soccer Month Contests

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We are running some great contests during Youth Soccer Month. We're giving away a brand new Nike soccer ball each day, a Nike Backpack filled with prizes each day, as well as giving away a signed U.S. Soccer National Team Jersey weekly. Sign up daily on our Youth Soccer Month contest page for your chance to win!
 

 

Beyonce Plays Soccer with Brazilian School Kids

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While in Rio de Janeiro for her Sept. 13 performance at the Rock in Rio music festival, Beyonce (top center) paid a visit to a public school to show off her soccer skills. We love seeing celebrities take part in the game we love.
 

 

Obession with Soccer Lands Boy a Spot with US Youth Soccer ODP

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Matthew Moscatello, a Glen Crest Middle School student, had a pretty cool experience over the summer after he was chosen for the Illinois Youth Soccer Association's Olympic Development Program in Rockford. Read more about his experience here.
 

 

Parents and Coaches on Youth Sports

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Check out this great infographic we found done by Liberty Mutual that suggests parents and coaches may be on a different playing field when it comes to priorities about youth sports. See the full infographic here.
 

 

UEFA votes for 2022 winter World Cup

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European countries have given their overall backing to moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter, Britain's FIFA vice-president has confirmed. Read more here on Fox Soccer.

 

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The 50/50 Blog: 9.18.13

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UEFA Champions League Kicks-Off

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The  UEFA Champions League group stages kicked-off yesterday and there were plenty of goals to be seen. Check out the game highlights here on FoxSoccer.com
 

 

Eastside FC players invited to U-14 Girls National Camp

 
 
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Eastside FC 98 defender Zoe Milburn has been invited to the US Soccer U-14 Girls' National Team camp. Read more here. Her teammate, Joanna Harber, who was the leading scorer during Eastside's run to the 2013 US Youth Soccer National Championship, was also invited to the camp. Full list here.
 

 

The Original Soccer Mom

Ever wonder what the orginal soccer mom looked like? Well here's a good image from the cover a documentary called "The Other Sport" that includes information about former U.S. Women's National Team Coach Pia Sundhage.
 
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Son of our Blogger

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Robbie Boyd, son of our Parent's Blog writer Susan Boyd, scored a goal and notched an assist in his college game this weekend. Boyd plays for University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has helped the Panthers get off to a 4-0-1 start and grabbed the Horizon League's Player of the Week honors. Boyd grew up playing in the presitigious US Youth Soccer National Championship Series with the Chicago Magic (pictured above) Read more.
 

 

Sounders on Top

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The Seattle Sounders are sitting pretty on top of the MLS Power Rankings after taking down Western Conference foes Real Salt Lake. With less than two weeks to go in the MLS regular season where is your MLS team sitting in the power rankings? Find out here.
 
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 9.17.13

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Welcome to the '50/50 Blog'

We hope that everyone enjoys this new blog and we hope that we can share some things that are relevant and some other things that are just fun and inspirational. Here's a picture so you can get to know some of us a bit better. If you see any content you think would fit well on the blog let us know at support@usyouthsoccer.org.
 

 

Youth Soccer Month

In case you didn't know, September is Youth Soccer Month! We are giving away some great prizes and there are some great events going on during the month! Make sure you enter to win one of our daily prizes and you use this month to just enjoy the beautiful game.
 

 

Looking for New Cleats?

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Stand Out in all conditions with the new hi-visibility colors from Nike Soccer! We're positive these are some of the brightest and boldest colorways that have ever been released.
 

 

Triad Elite in the News

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Triad Elite 96 (NC) finished second at the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup in just their first year. Watch here.
 

 

Brandi Chastain: The Ultimate Super Mom!

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Access Hollywood ran a great article recently on Brandi Chastain. It's hard to believe it’s been 14 years since Brandi’s iconicWorld Cup moment! Now, 45, she’s a mother to a 7-year-old son Jaden and 23-year-old stepson Cameron with husband Jerry Smith. She’s still active on the soccer scene and wants to get kids everywhere playing. Read more about how Chastain is a super mom.
 

 

Oooops!

It's never fun to have one of those embarassing moments during a soccer game, and especially not one where you feel you have to apologize to the fans for such a poor miss! Fox Soccer shares a video of what happened with this Algerian league player. Think how you would feel if this happened to you.
 
 

 

The Feel-Good Story of the Day

Last fall, we posted a story about FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz helping someone in need by donating bone marrow. ESPN recently ran a story on E:60 about another talented young athlete who did the same thing to help a young girl halfway across the world have a chance to live.
 

 

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