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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: 2.28.14


ESPN FC's Power Rankings


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ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop evaluates the best club teams in the world as he compiles his weekly Top 10 countdown! Here is his latest list.



Klinsmann names USMNT camp players



U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called in 24 players to training camp in Frankfurt, Germany, to begin preparations for its match against Ukraine on March 5 in Larnaca, Cyprus. Read more here.



Hart to Hart


Comedian Kevin Hart visits the Manchester City facilities in England and takes a penalty kick against his "cousin" Joe Hart.



This happened



U.S. Women's National Team forward Sydney Leroux attempts her best impression of Happy Gilmore. She probably should stick to soccer.



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The 50/50 Blog: 2.27.14


Lexi Zisselman Raises $7,500 For Multiple Myeloma Research



Maybe Lexi Zisselman’s career path is destined to be in the front office of a pro soccer team or as an executive at a non-profit organization. The New Hyde Park resident has plenty of time to decide as she is only 12 years old and her first attempt at soccer volunteering was a major success. Read more here.



Something I've never seen before



Usually you'll see a team after certain plays, in a show of sportsmanship, easily kick the ball back to the opposing team's keeper to get play restarted. Here you see that go terribly wrong, but then an act of true sportsmanship follows.



Real Madrid dismantles Shalke





From Distance



High School players hits goal from distance. Keeper may want to hang closer to his goal-line from now on.



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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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