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The 50/50 Blog

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The 50/50 Blog: 12.13.13


Four more years
Jurgen Klinsmann, head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team, agreed to a four-year contract extension Thursday, that should take him through the next World Cup cycle.


VOTE: Best of U.S. Soccer
Today kicks off the second round of voting in the Best of U.S. Soccer #100Years Bracket. Check out video clips of some of the most memorable moments and vote for your favorites in head-to-head matchups.


Sabermetrics in soccer

Billy Beane, the Oakland A's GM and subject of Michael Lewis' book Moneyball, once predicted that soccer would follow baseball in becoming "more of a science" and indeed the sport has embraced data analysis in a way that seemed unlikely even a few years ago.


The most entertaining announcer in soccer?

Ray Hudson is a color commentator for beIN Sport and could be described as a metaphorical genius for his descriptions of the game. Check out this New York Times profile on him.


Moving East
In his first public comments after leaving Real Salt Lake for the head coaching position with 2015 expansion franchise New York City FC, Kreis told Bill Riley of ESPN 700 in Salt Lake City on Tuesday that his biggest motivation for accepting the job was to make amends for playing it safe during his playing career.

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