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Blog - The Scout's Notebook

Chelsea and Man City players to watch during FA Youth Cup final second leg

Boga's drive and dynamism makes him one of Chelsea's biggest up and coming stars.

Chelsea will be confident of defending their 3-1 first leg advantage when they take on Manchester City in the return leg of the 2015 FA Youth Cup final at Stamford Bridge on Monday. Here are three players to look out for from each side ahead of what is likely to be an entertaining encounter.


Charlie Colkett: Charlie Colkett captained Chelsea during the first leg and produced a commanding performance worthy of his title. His distribution was slick, decisive and varied, and included...

Oliver Torres shines on loan at FC Porto, but is he a future Atletico star?

Oliver Torres has impressed current Porto boss Julen Lopetegui.

Oliver Torres was the youngest starter in the FC Porto team who surprised Bayern Munich by recording a 3-1 victory in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal tie last week. The 20-year-old midfielder will again hope to be involved in Munich on Tuesday as the Portuguese side seek to complete the job and progress to the last four.

Torres is currently on loan at Porto from Atletico Madrid, whom he joined at the age of 13 after impressing for the Morala football school in his native Navalmoral...

Isaiah Brown has the potential to be Chelsea's next great youth product

Jose Mourinho refused to comment on whether he's made an approach for FC Tokyo star Yoshinori Muto, but admitted commercial interests and modern football are inseparable.

It has been a whirlwind few days for Isaiah Brown. On Friday, he captained the Chelsea under-19 side to a 4-0 victory over Roma in their UEFA Youth League semifinal in Nyon. Afterwards, he flew back to England to take his place on the bench for the senior team's league match at Queens Park Rangers. After the final whistle on Sunday, he returned to Switzerland. And on Monday, he was decisive in the U-19 side's final success over Shakhtar Donetsk.

It was Brown who opened the scoring seven minutes...

 By Alex Labidou

Scouting Ventura Alvarado, Gyasi Zardes, Greg Garza

USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann joins ESPN FC's Taylor Twellman to discuss the state of his United States side.

Despite some mixed results in 2015, the U.S. national team has shown glimpses of its future in giving minutes to some exciting young prospects Ventura Alvarado, Gyasi Zardes and Greg Garza. To get an assessment of their potential, ESPN FC reached out to a scout who works for a UEFA Champions League team in one of Europe's top leagues.

Ventura Alvarado

Age: 22
Position: Center-back
Club: Club America

Strengths: Alvarado possesses a good technical level, as well as range in his passing. He's comfortable...

UEFA Youth League stars to watch: Chelsea, Roma, Shakhtar, Anderlecht

Dominic Solanke has impressed for Chelsea in the tournament.

The winner of the second edition of the UEFA Youth League will be decided in Nyon, Switzerland this weekend. On Friday, Chelsea will face Roma and Shakhtar Donetsk will square off against Anderlecht in the semifinals, while on Monday the two winning sides will compete for the trophy. With holders Barcelona already eliminated, there will be a new name on the silverware this time around.

There have been a number of interesting players on show throughout the tournament, and here are some to look out...

Vazquez could use Italy call-up to prove success isn't limited to Palermo

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner and Mark Donaldson preview the international friendly between Italy and England in Turin.
Argentinian-born Franco Vazquez could make his Italy debut vs. England on Tuesday.

Franco Vázquez will become the latest member of Italy's national team if he takes to the field against England in Turin on Tuesday. The Argentinian-born attacking midfielder, whose mother hails from Padua in northern Italy, has enjoyed an excellent season in Serie A with Palermo with seven goals and nine assists and is expected to make his debut off the bench for Antonio Conte's side.

Vázquez was born in Tanti, Córdoba province to an Italian mother and Argentinian father. He grew...