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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: 10.11.13


New Jersey sixth graders to wear protective headgear

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


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!

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

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


Manneh keeps Whitecaps alive in playoff race


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!

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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The 50/50 Blog: 10.9.13


US Youth Soccer Show 

If you missed the premier of the newest episode of the US Youth Soccer Show on October 5 you can watch it on our YouTube channel here. Learn more about The Show.


FUEL Magazine

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There's a brand new FUEL Soccer magazine! It Features Christen Press and Walker Zimmerman, plus Abby Wambach. Check it out online or purchase your own physical copy here.

Taylor Uhl makes Stanford whole


Taylor Uhl, former US Youth Soccer ODP Region II player, is helping take Stanford women's soccer to the next level. Read more about how Uhl is balancing her bioengineering major with her soccer future.



Stadium of the Day

The Stade Louis II is a stadium located in the Fontvieille district of Monaco. It serves primarily as a venue for soccer, being the home of AS Monaco and the Monaco national soccer team. Although it's surrounded by city the proximity of the water and the perfect training ground next door give it a thumbs up in our book!


Messi's soccer ball house

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In case you missed it, Messi's new house is going to look like a soccer ball and his number, number 10. Watch and read more.

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The 50/50 Blog: 10.8.13


Soccer America Top 25

Check out this week’s Top 25 Men’s and Women’s college soccer programs from Soccer America.


NHL Player Escapes Locked Bathroom With Help From Twitter

Twitter has all sorts of uses for sports stars: engaging with fans, promoting charitable efforts and even talking trash, just to name a few. But now we can add a new one to the list, thanks to Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward. Read More.


Soccer and Society: Kids vs. Cancer

Meet Tyler Smith, the 12-year-old boy who lost his grandmother to Breast Cancer and raised $2,000 dollars to buy his team pink uniforms and honor her memory. Read the story here.


MLS Goal of the Week

A record-tying, gorgeous chip? Yep. A dramatic game-winning free kick? That was there. A flying scissor kick equalizer? That also happened. Click here to see the goals and vote for your favorite.


MLS in Orlando?

On Monday afternoon, Orlando City Soccer Club moved one step closer to building a soccer stadium that they could call home and probable entry into Major League Soccer. Read more about their quest to become the next MLS expansion.

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