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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: 10.29.13

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MLS Playoffs

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The 2013 MLS Playoffs start tomorrow and Wednesday with play-in games. Who will be hoisting the MLS Cup at the end of it all? See the bracket here.
 

 

College Soccer Top 25

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Another week, another set of Soccer America Weekly College Rankings. Check them out.
 

 
 

2014 US Youth Workshop Schedule

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The schedule is now available for the 2014 US Youth Soccer Workshop, held in conjunction with the NSCAA Convention, which will take place Jan. 15-19, 2014 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia — bringing thousands of coaches, administrators, referees and soccer enthusiasts together in one place. Find the schedule here.
 

 

US Youth Soccer Instagram

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Check out our Instagram feed and see what new US Youth Soccer pictures are up. We'd love to share YOUR pictures so tag them with #USYouthSoccer and we'll share our favorites.
 

 

#UsysHalloween

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We want to see your halloween costumes this year, especially your soccer inspired ones! Tag your photos on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with #UsysHalloween so we can create an album of Halloween photos from you. Look at last year's album here.
 
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 10.28.13

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Dempsey Scores for Seattle

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Clint Dempsey scored his first goal as a member of the Seattle Sounders by redirecting a cross using the outside of his foot in Sunday's 1-1 tie against the LA Galaxy.
 

 

More MLS News

 
The New York Red Bulls claimed their first major trophy by winning the MLS Supporters' Shield, awarded to the MLS club with the best regular-season record. The MLS Playoffs are now set, and you can view the bracket here.
 

 

 USWNT 4, New Zealand 1

 
The U.S. Women's National Team won another friendly match on Sunday, defeating New Zealand, 4-1, in San Francisco. If you missed the game, you can check out the full match in the above video. Megan Rapinoe, who recently did a Q&A with us, scored on a free kick (15:00 mark in video). Christen Press, who is on the cover of the latest FUEL Soccer Magazine, also scored (50:00 mark).
 

 

Bradley Scores Game-Winner

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United States midfielder Michael Bradley scored late to help 10-man Roma beat Udinese 1-0 and set a Serie A record by winning its first nine matches of the season.
 

 

U.S. Coach in Iran

 
Dan Gaspar, who will be presenting at the 2014 US Youth Soccer Workshop in January, was featured in this article about his life while on the coaching staff of the Iranian national soccer team.
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 10.25.13

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Drama in Seattle?

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Seattle's Eddie Johnson has missed practice multiple times this week as Seattle prepare for their last game and the playoffs. Could we see an unhappy Johnson make a move to leave Seattle? Will this affect his chances to play with the U.S. Men's National Team? Read more.
 

 

Who should go to Europe?

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Preparing for the 2014 World Cup, Klinsmann plans to work with MLS-based national-teamers to plan their offseason with a mix of individual training, European loans and a January national-team camp split between Southern California and Brazil. Who does Klinsmann think should go to Europe. Find out here.
 

 

Where are the coaches going?

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There are a few teams in the MLS that are looking for coaches and it seems like the Columbus Crew are leading the running. Read here about which teams could be looking for coaches and what coaches they may be looking to snag.

 


 

Thank you from Jurgen Klinsmann

 
 

 

Embracing fits of failure

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If you think you can play sports without making mistakes along the road, you set yourself up for a perfect storm of emotions and disappointments. Fear of failure -- or avoiding failure -- is a sure step toward stunting one’s growth. Read more here.
 

 

Kentucky offers new coaching channel

 
 
Kentucky Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) and CoachFX Live are thrilled to announce a 3
year partnership to provide a fantastic range of online coach and player education benefits to
the 40,000 players and 8,000 coaches of KYSA. Learn more.
 
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 10.24.13

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MLS Pumpkin Contest

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MLSsoccer.com is running its third annual MLS Pumpkin Carving Contest from Thursday, October 24 - Wednesday, October 30. One person's pumpkin carving will be selected based on style, creativity, originality, and its connection to MLS ie: club logos, players etc. The winner will receive one MLS jersey of his/her choice* from MLSGear.com, and the photo of their pumpkin will be featured on MLSsoccer.com on Halloween. Learn more here.
 

 

MLS player looks for US Citizenship

 
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New England forward Diego Fagundez confirmed he plans to seek US citizenship after securing permanent residency status earlier this week. Fagundez, 18, now counts as a domestic player for the Revolution after securing his green card. He didn't delve into the specifics surrounding his new status, but he noted the positive outcome represents the first substantive step toward a possible shot with the US national team. Read more here.
 

 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic strikes four times

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PSG were visitors as they faced Anderlechtin UEFA Champions League player yesterday. Check out two of the four goals here that were brilliant on the way to PSG's 5-0 win over the home-side.
 

 

Sam Snow on youth soccer rankings

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US Youth Soccer's Director of Coaching, Sam Snow, shares his thoughts on the recent lowering of the ranking age for youth soccer players by a registration company. Read Sam's thoughts here, http://bit.ly/W2HLdW, and then leave a comment about your thoughts on the rankings.
 

 

Stadium of the day

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The Aviva Stadium is located in Dublin, Ireland and is co-owned by both the Irish Rugby Football Union and the Football Association of Ireland. The stadium was officially opened in May 2010 and hold 51,700 spectators. Learn more.
 
 
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