1. Stateside Update
Over the past few weeks, YFS has been reporting on the success stories of young Scottish footballers heading to the US to play 'soccer', with the help of Future Pro USA.
This week was no different as Thomas Gray was able to get vital game time before the start of his season with William Carey University. His university faced fellow mid-west side, Mississippi Gulf Coast College, in a pre-season match, where the Kinross-born defender was able to get 85 mins under his belt, ahead of the upcoming season.
There are Future Pro USA assessment event dates coming up later in the month, at Spartans Academy and Clyde’s Broadwood Stadium. Placements at Spartans are full but you can be added to the waiting list, and there are limited places for the assessment event taking place at Broadwood.
2. League Football Returns... Sort Of...
With youth teams waiting for over six months to return to football, last weekend would have certainly been circled in the diaries and calendars of young players up and down the country. Sadly, in typical Scottish fashion, the weather played the villain of the story with many games being called off due to waterlogged pitches. For many teams next weekend will be the beginning of their seasons.
However there were some who braved the conditions. Continuing the trend of emphatic victories last weekend, were Murieston Utd put nine past Gartcairn and Kirkfield, who put in a fine display, in a 5-0 away victory over East Calder.
3. Morven's Return to Training
There will be many young players who got the chance to play this week, weather permitting, who would’ve been very glad to get back on the pitch and play the sport they love, but none more so than a young St Cadocs Youth Club player who returned to training this week. Morven, aged 7, was diagnosed with having a tumour in her eye back in January of this year.
After long term treatment, the young player made a return to her sport and was given a guard of honour from her teammates and coaches at St Cadocs Youth Club.
You can watch the incredible video on the @StCadocsYC Twitter page by clicking here.
4. Scotland Age-Grade Keeper Makes The Bench
Although Dundee United lost to Livingston in an uninspiring 2-1 defeat, there was at least something positive to take away from the game. Their young Scottish goalkeeper, Jack Newman made the bench for the first time in a Premier League match. Newman was brought in this season after being let go by Sunderland. The aim for his arrival is to develop his goalkeeping skills under goalkeeping teammates; Siegrist and Mehmet and to gain valuable insight from former Scotland goalkeeper Neil Alexander, who is at United as a goalkeeping coach.
Alexander had this to say about Newman’s arrival: "He is a very good young Scotland U18’s goalkeeper with loads of potential who I’m looking forward to working with over the next few years and, hopefully, a future number one for the club."
Siegrist missed last Friday’s match against Livingston, which let Newman make the bench. Maybe this is a name that we will be seeing in the starting lineup in a couple years time, with the young keeper winning a call-up to the Scotland U19’s who have two friendlies against England at St George’s Park.
5. Young Scot makes Newcastle Bench
From St George's Park to St James' - and Ryan Fraser wasn't the Scot to look out for.
17-year-old midfielder Elliot Anderson made the bench for the first time, as Newcastle took on Newport County in the Carabao Cup. The game went to penalties after a 1-1 draw, which the Magpies then won 5-4 on penalties. Although the youngster didn't make it onto the pitch, it's an encouraging sign after his development in the under-23s.
He signed his first pro deal in November last year, and looks on track to continue progressing through the Scotland age-grade set-up.