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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: 2.12.14


Soccer's Big Takeover



The future of American soccer will be determined by one man. And, perhaps surprisingly, he is neither Jurgen Klinsmann, Clint Dempsey nor Ian Darke. Read more to find out who, according to ESPN.



National League Applications


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Applications to apply for the US Youth Soccer National League will begin around June 3, and the deadline for applications will be July 9. Read more here about how to apply for this prestigious league.



Klinsmann Talks U.S. Soccer


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Jurgen Klinsmann offered up another set of fascinating comments about the US national team, their CONCACAF rivals and their prospects at the World Cup, opening up about his experiences at the USMNT helm in an interview with Read more here.




Golden Slide Tackle




I don't want to spoil what happens, but let's just say this turns out to be one  happy defender.



Nielsen Report



Nielsen has released it's data on sports fans in 2013, and it has some promising figures for soccer. While Nielsen ratings for soccer broadcasts often bring much wailing and gnashing of teeth, things are trending up in several areas. Read more here.



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The 50/50 Blog: 2.11.14


A thing not to do


Mental note: Don't do this. Ever. Please be smarter than this Italian amateur soccer player.



Kendall Higgs


Kendall Higgs

Kendall Higgs, pictured right, a member of the Boca United organization's Under-16 Division girls' team, will get her first taste of international competition when she plays for the Region III team in the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Regional International Tournament in Costa Rica from Feb. 13-20. Read more here.


Top EPL saves of the week



One of the best faces in soccer is the face of a player who gets utterly robbed by a great save. Check out these saves in the past weekend of EPL play.



First American player in Afghanistan



Nick Pugliese went somewhere that not many are willing to go in today's world. And in doing so, he ended up living out a soccer dream. Read more here.



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The 50/50 Blog: 2.10.14


U.S. Women's National Team Highlights


The U.S. Women's National Team played a friendly against Russia last week and we loved seeing all the goals coming from US Youth Soccer alumni.



Chelsea vs Newcastle



We don't bring you much English Premier League action but this backheel pass from Eto'o to Hazard is too good not to share. It is the second goal of the game.






Bicycle kick goals literally never get old. Also, when announcers get into goals scored, it just makes the moment that much better.



What are the MLS teams up to during preseason?



Take a look at what's going on during the MLS preseason. You may be surprised at some of the things that are going on.



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The 50/50 Blog: 2.7.14


Tackling... you're doing it wrong


Sometimes people have to resort to American Football tackling to bring down a player...


Juan Agudelo




Juan Agudelo doing Juan Agudelo things by scoring this fantastic goal in his game against PEC Zwolle in the Dutch Eredivisie League.



Soccer in Atlanta



In one of the clearest indications yet that Atlanta could be next in line of a Major League Soccer expansion franchise, Atlanta Falcons President Rich McKay told local officials Thursday that his side is "far along in negotiations" with MLS about bringing a team to the city, the league's first foray into the Southeast outside of Florida in league history. Read more.


U.S. Women's National Team



The U.S. Women's National Team looks to continue its winning ways in 2014 as it faces off against Russia Saturday, February 8 in Boca Raton, Fla. and then again Tuesday February, 11 in Atlanta.



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