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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: 2.26.14


Andrew Luck



Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is a big fan of soccer and has some strong ties to the game. He did a podcast on back in December. You can listen to it here, with Luck’s segment beginning around the 37-minute mark.



Bundesliga Player of the Week



Last weekend, in Bayern’s 4-0 win at Hannover 96, Thiago Alcantara assisted, scored and completed 96 percent of his passes -- and was named Bundesliga’s Player of the Week. Learn more.



Incredible skill



Benfica's Lazar Markovic makes a perfectly timed run and touches the ball over the keeper Douglas before finishing effortlessly.



Andrew Farrell



KickTV offers a good look into the life of Andrew Farrell, the first pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.



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The 50/50 Blog: 2.25.14


Impromptu Selfie



Don't take pictures with fans.... while the game is still going on. Read more here.



USA vs Ukraine [UPDATE]



We just saw on Twitter that the game between USA and Ukraine is now going to take place in Cyprus. Anything for the safety of the players. Read more here.



Yet another monster shot



This one comes from Mexico and is a volley from almost midfield.



Christen Press



U.S. Women's National Team player and US Youth Soccer Alum, Christen Press, shares how her dog has helped her learn to be a better soccer player. Read here on her blog.



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The 50/50 Blog: 2.24.14


Wiffle Ball



No, not actual Wiffle Ball. But look how this ball wiffles as it is absolutely smashed by Hamburger SV's Calhanoglu.



More soccer on TV



Not only is this soccer on TV graphic awesome, but the fact that more soccer is going to be available on TV soon makes us beyond happy. Read more here.



A little about former USMNT player Brian McBride



Read more here about how soccer wasn't Brian McBride's first choice as a sport.



New US Youth Soccer Kohl's American Cup inflatables


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Check out these brand new inflatables that will be available for this year's US Youth Soccer Kohl's American Cup events. Let us know what you think!



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The 50/50 Blog: 2.21.14


Wrong player picked



Fabio Capello was often criticised as England manager for his struggle to grasp the language. But at no point in his time as Three Lions boss did he accidentally call up the wrong player. Read more about his most recent blunder here.



MLS buys Chivas USA



Major League Soccer on Thursday announced it has purchased Chivas USA from Jorge Vergara and Angelica Fuentes. Effective immediately, MLS will assume responsibility for operating the club. MLS will rebrand the team after the 2014 season. Read more here.



Last chance to make a case


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Aron Johannsson and his American counterparts in Europe have one last weekend to impress Jurgen Klinsmann before the coach has to make final roster choices for the upcoming friendly against Ukraine. See where all the players are playing.



Goalkeeper training



This is a pretty awesome goalkeeper training video of Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas.



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