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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: 12.3.13

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Rethinking World Cup draw seeding

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Soccer writer Grant Wahl shares an article about the World Cup draw and how maybe the process should be looked at. Read more here.
 

 

Montreal Impact president keeps promise

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 The Montreal Impact, and especially its President Joey Saputo, have joined forces on a number of occasions with Procure to help raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer. In his latest venture, Joey Saputo promised to dye his beard blue if he was able to reach $25,000 as part of the Procure Challenges. Read more about it here.


Colorado Springs secures soccer team

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Colorado Springs will be the home of a United Soccer Leagues PRO team that's expected to begin playing in March 2015, The Gazette reports. Read more here.
 

 

EPL to help Chinese soccer

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The English Premier League is expanding its training program for Chinese coaches and referees, looking to further establish itself in the country’s vast market. Learn more here.
 
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 12.2.13

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US Youth Soccer Boys ODP

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The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys Thanksgiving Interregional will be played at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Ariz., Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2013. The age groups who will compete in the event will be the 1999 Boys and 2000 Boys. Find the results here.
 

 

Robbie Keane makes child's dream come true

 
 
A touching video is making the rounds this weekend of LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane meeting a young Irish soccer fan named Domhnall on Ireland's annual holiday institution The Late Late Toy Show.
 

 

Dare to be Brasilian in Nike's new ad

 
 
 
Nike's 90-second "Dare to be Brasilian" ad features all sorts of animation and time travel but we just can't help but be anxious to see all these skill moves in action in the 2014 World Cup.
 

 

A century of soccer migration

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Here is a pretty awesome map that will let you track the transfers in the soccer world for the past century. Give it a try here.
 
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 11.27.13

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So close...

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Sao Paulo midfielder Ganso demonstrated sublime dribbling skills amid a crowd of Botafogo defenders and came oh so close to scoring with chip over the keeper. Watch here.
 

 

Miami saga continues

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If it materializes, it could become the most picturesque soccer stadium in the country, complete with a backdrop of cruise ships, yachts and the city skyline. Read more here.
 

 

CUP alum to join U-20 USWNT

 
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CUP alum Rose Lavelle has been invited to another U.S. Soccer Under-20 Women's National Team camp. Good luck Rose!
 

 
 

ICYMI: 2014 MLS schedule released

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Major League Soccer unveiled its complete 2014 regular season schedule on Monday, with one special wrinkle while the world turns its attention to the World Cup in Brazil. Find out when your team will be playing here.
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 11.26.13

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MLS Goal of the Year voting

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Take your time to vote for one of the final goals.  The voting closes on November 29th!
 

 

New Nike Kits

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These are the BRAND NEW Nike jerseys that are part of the kits provided for our US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Regional teams. The players also received the rest of the full kit including: Shorts, socks and a matching Nike track suit.
 

 

US Youth Soccer ODP brings players together

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Women’s soccer teammates Abby Dahlkemper and Caprice Dydasco have been friends since they were 13 years old. Despite their different hometowns, the duo met while participating in a regional U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program camp and quickly became friends. Read more here.
 

 

US Youth Soccer alum wins MLS Rookie of theYear

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Former US Youth Soccer ODP player Dillon Powers has been named the 2013 MLS Rookie of the Year. Read more about his achievement here.
 
 
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