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The 50/50 Blog: 11.22.13


Kevin Hartman retires


Longtime LA Galaxy, Kansas City, FC Dallas and New York Red Bulls shot-stopper Kevin Hartman announced his retirement from professional soccer on Thursday, bringing an end to a 17-year career that saw him collect two MLS Cups and earn almost every MLS goalkeeping record. Read more here.


NHL bicycle kick

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Why we think that this save is an absolute accident, it still looks awesome and gave us something to tease our hockey friends about. Check out this great looking bicycle kick hockey save here.


US Youth Soccer Girls ODP

Nearly 300 of the nation's top players in girls youth soccer will converge for the annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls Thanksgiving Interregional. Teams from US Youth Soccer's four regions - Region I (East), Region II (Midwest), Region III (South) and Region IV (West) - will compete against each other in front of various college coaches. Check back for scores during the event (November 24-29).


Most valuable MLS teams

Forbes wrote a great article this week on Major League Soccer's most valuable teams. Take a moment and give it a read.


'What's in their bag' contest

Warren Bag
Former EPL Pro and San Diego Flash Head Coach Warren Barton knows training with tools like these help elevate all aspects of the game, not only the fundamentals of control and passing, but also movement and team play. That is why he keeps them in his @SKLZ bag:

For a chance to win the items in his bag enter the contest here: Contest will be open until 2 p.m. today so enter quickly for yur chance to win!
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