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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: 2.24.14


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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The 50/50 Blog: 2.20.14





The headline says it all. This is a rocket.



Big Money = Success??



Toronto FC debuted Julio Cesar at the Walt Disney Classic. Cesar teamed up with Bradley and Gilberto (Defoe, pictured above, didn't play), and the big off-season money spending Toronto FC fell in their first game to the Columbus Crew 3-1. See more MLS offseason results.




Most important words



What your youth athlete wants to hear from you – the parent. We found this article and thought you would enjoy the read. There are a few really strong things that stood out to us. Let us know what you think. If you like it, please tell us. Read it here.



The Worst Team?



American Samoa's football team were beaten 31-0 by Australia in 2001, earning them the label 'the worst team in the world'. Mike Brett and Steve Jamison's documentary charts the team's progress after former Dutch pro Thomas Rongen arrived to coach them in the art of feeling like winners, on the field and off. Watch the trailer for the documentary here.



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The 50/50 Blog: 2.19.14


In other sports news....



Who doesn't love a good feel good story? The NBA's Philadelphia 76ers signed Bensalem High School senior Kevin Grow to a ceremonial two-day contract on Monday. Read more here.



Soccer Tennis



A game known for helping with your first touch and air balls, this Danish player, a goalkeeper, shows you can do a bit more than that.



GOOOOOAAAA....wait no?



It's a goal right? Well not according to the referee and the assistant referee who is placed perfect on the goal line. Ooooops...



U.S. U-20 WNT


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We love when we see US Youth Soccer players chase their dreams and get a chance to represent their country. The U-20 WNT roster was recently announced and all 24 players have played in a US Youth Soccer program at one point!



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