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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: 10.15.13

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Miroslav Klose

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Germany striker Miroslav Klose is once again saying he is considering offers from two MLS clubs. The 36-year-old is out of contract with Lazio at the end of the season, but not yet willing to hang up the boots.
 

 

USA vs Panama

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USA closes World Cup qualifying tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET against Panama in Panama City. The game will be broadcast live on beIN SPORT. With this being the last qualifier and some of the bigger names not on the roster, which player searching for a spot on the World Cup final team will make the biggest impact tonight? Read more here.
 

 

NCAA Top 25

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Here are the weekly college rankings from Soccer America. Is your college/prospective college on the list?
 

 

TOPSoccer

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Another article highlighting the great aspects of the US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer program. This Houston area TOPSoccer program is looking for players, read more about the program and how it can help kids in your area.
 

 

They're going to Brazil if...

 
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Want to know what today's World Cup Qualifying games mean for the nations competing in them? SI.com has a complete list of standings and scenarios for each group around the world. Check it out here.
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 10.14.13

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USA vs Jamaica 

 
 
The U.S. Men's National Team defeated Jamaica in Kansas City on Friday with a game winning goal from Kansas City player Graham Zusi. Watch all the highlights.
 

 

Radio Call

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No, it's not soccer but this radio call for the winning touchdown in the Patriots vs Saints NFL game is the type of thing we like to see in sports. Listen here.
 

Players of the Month

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Do you know a youth soccer player who should be recognized for his or her achievements, both on and off the field? If so, send in a nomination to have that young person honored as a US Youth Soccer Player of the Month. Each month, we'll be recognizing one male and one female player who sticks out among the rest. The players selected will be featured on a Player of the Month page on our website and mentioned in our monthly newsletters.
 

 

MLS Goals

 
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Miss all the MLS action this weekend? Watch every goal from this weekend's games here.
 

 

Bicycle Kick

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The goal that everyone was talking about this weekend. Raul Jimenez's bicycle kick keeps Mexico's hopes for a World Cup berth alive. Watch it here.

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The 50/50 Blog: 10.11.13

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New Jersey sixth graders to wear protective headgear

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A school district in New Jersey is going to new measures to keep their children from suffering head injuries playing sports. Soccer, field hockey and lacrosse uniforms for sixth graders in Princeton, N.J., will now come complete with a new accessory this season: Protective headgear. Read more.
 

 

Snacks for Soccer Stars, and Their Fans

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In a three-year deal that begins in 2014, Mondelez products will become the official snacks of the women’s and men’s United States national soccer teams. Check out more about the deal.
 

 

Happy Birthday!

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Happy Birthday to US Youth Soccer's own Manager of Video Production, Susan Hersey. Susan puts in so much effort creating some of the best highlight and promotional videos we've ever seen. Susan is also the brains behind the US Youth Soccer Show! Take a minute and help celebrate her birthday by checking out the videos on our YouTube channel.
 

 

USA vs. Jamaica

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USA takes on Jamaica tonight at Sporting Park in Kansas City. Make sure you tune in for the second to last World Cup qualifying game and cheer on the Yanks!
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 10.10.13

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Manneh keeps Whitecaps alive in playoff race

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The fourth pick of the 2013 MLS Superdraft, Kekuta Manneh, scored his first hattrick to help lead the Whitecaps to a 4-1 win over the Seattle Sounders. Watch the highlights video from the match here.
 

 

Spain Under-21 training exercise

  
Spain's Under-21 team has all their field players go up against three goalies in this training exercise. Definitely a work out for the goalies!
 

 

Great acrobatic goal

  
 
Check out this acrobatic goal scored by Christian Romero Conrad vs St Thomas More. We love seeing players get creative on the field.
 

 

Game over!

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An English club's manager has banned his team from playing FIFA 14 on the team bus on match days. Think it'll help? Read more.
 

 

Another great goal

 
 
The University of Michigan men's soccer team beat the Ohio State Buckeyes, 1-0, thanks to this ridiculous volley from James Murphy.
 
 
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