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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: 11.13.13


Mexico vs New Zealand

Mexico plays host to New Zealand today in the first leg of a 2014 World Cup qualifying playoff. Will the struggling Mexican team get back on track or will the Oceania Champions New Zealand book another trip to the World Cup? Read more here.


Jacksonville needs your help

There are only 18 days left. Jacksonville needs your help.They're getting a new NASL team in 2015, headed up by former MLS goalkeeper Darío Sala, and the club is trying to come up with a new name. So do your part as a North American soccer fan and offer up your suggestions here. If it's picked, you could end up winning a soccer vacation to the UK. Read more.


Ontario looks to phase out rankings under the age of twelve

A representative for the Ontario Soccer Association said plans are on track to phase out standings among competitive players under the age of 12 — a move that will be mandatory provincewide by next year. Read more here and then let us know if you think this should happen in the United States.


Tale of two keepers

In Spain, a goalkeeper scored on an overhead volley in stoppage time while in Argentina a keeper bit a foe in the back.Watch both here.

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The 50/50 Blog: 11.12.13


Common Goals

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Check out our monthly Common Goals newsletter and catch up on a plethora of US Youth Soccer news. Read it here.


Soccer America Top 25


Check out the most recent Soccer America college rankings and then check out the NCAA Women's Division I Bracket.


Goal Setting

You may think a video of a baby and dog has nothing to do with soccer but you'd be wrong. Keep practicing and reaching for your goals because you never know who else is going for the same thing.


Best FIFA Goal of the Year

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FIFA released its annual list of nominees for the best goal of 2013 on Monday and it is up to you fans to vote for your favorite before the three finalists are announced in mid-December. Voting closes Dec. 9th. A second round of voting will then determine the winner, to be revealed at the annual Ballon d’Or presentation. Watch all the goals here.


U.S. Men's National Team


The U.S. Men's National Team faces Scotland this Friday and Kilnsmann has released his roster for the two upcoming friendly matches. What do you think of the players called up?



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The 50/50 Blog: 11.11.13


Happy Veterans Day




Legs she can't feel

The first time she learned to walk, she kicked grapefruits across the kitchen floor, so there was never a time that Erin Davis didn't play soccer. Now Davis can't feel her legs but continues to play the game she loves. Read more.


Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake
RSL's 4-2 win over Portland last night puts them in good positition for the second leg in Portland on Nov. 24, though the Timbers will carry some hope home as a late consolation goal saved them from a daunting 4-1 aggregate deficit. Read more.


Sportsmanship in Saudi Arabia

What's a goalkeeper to do when he has to tie his shoe in the middle of the game -- an impossible task with gloves on? It may have been lost on the referee, but the sportsmanship displayed during Al Nahdha-Al Ittihad in Saudi Arabia was quite touching. Watch here.


Hitchhiking with fans

The U.S. women's team had a training session at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida ahead of their friendly against Brazil on Sunday. After the session, the team bus broke down. So instead of waiting for it to be fixed, the players hitched rides back to their hotel with fans, who were delighted to serve as chauffeurs for their heroes. Read more.

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The 50/50 Blog: 11.8.13


And then there was four...

Real Salt Lake defeated two-time defending MLS Champions LA Galaxy and Portland beat rivals Seattle Sounders to set the stage for the final four of the MLS Cup. Which team to you think will win the MLS Cup this year?


Striker's nightmare

Every striker dreams of an open net...and then this happens. Muddle puddle:1 - Striker: 0


Top 10

Top 10

It's still uncommon to see a soccer play on Sportscenter's Top 10, but the highlights are pretty spectacular when they are. This video is no exception as it is a beautiful bicycle kick in a high school soccer game. Watch it here.


Juggling Tricks


It's always fun to see a professional pull of some nifty tricks, but it's always amazing to see people pull them off in the streets. Check out this guy.

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