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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: 9.23.13

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Final Week of Youth Soccer Month

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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

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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?

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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.
 

 

Golazo!

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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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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