Dundee United midfielder Paul Paton has been named the Scottish Premiership Player of the Month for February. Paton has recently returned from long-term injury and provided a lift for United in their battle to avoid the drop to the Scottish Championship.He scored with a spectacular strike against Hearts to secure a late victory on February 20 and then opened the scoring a week later in a 3-0 rout of Ross County at Dingwall. Paton scores Uniteds winning goal against Hearts United remain rooted to the bottom of the Premiership, though, eight points adrift of their closest rivals Kilmarnock having played one game less.United manager Mixu Paatelainen labelled Paton an absolute man mountain and team-mate Billy McKay believes his return can steer the team to safety.Paton said: I won one last year but I didnt expect it then and I certainly didnt expect it now. Its always nice but obviously the most important thing is that it was a good month for the club. Paton has recently returned from a lengthy injury lay-off We feel as if were in good form, Wednesday night [a 1-0 home defeat to Aberdeen] aside. We were playing a top side so we wont get too down about that.Weve got a lot of big games coming up, were still positive and confident and well take that into our upcoming games.The 28-year-old also maintains the players remain upbeat and that United have their sights set on survival.Confidence has always been high. Ever since the new management team came in theyve been great and they have kept confidence high, Paton said.Obviously weve not been getting the results weve wanted earlier in the season but weve picked up now and whats happened has happened in the past. We just now need to look to the future and make it a positive one. Also See: Dundee Utd fixtures Dundee Utd stats Scottish Prem table Bet ￡5 Get ￡20 Free Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Authentic . 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"Paul sent me a text this morning, just told me he loved me and wanted to go out and fight as hard as I would any other day," Simpson said Sunday after doing just that.On Wednesday, Canadas womens national team coach, John Herdman, announced his 18-player roster for Canadas upcoming friendly on June 2 against the United States at BMO Field in Toronto. The squad contains a few surprises (like the inclusion of American-born 21-year old defender Rachel Quon) but also some familiar faces; 14 players named were part of Canadas bronze-medal-winning team at last years Olympic Summer Games in London. One of those faces was Melissa Tancredi. If you watched Canada play in London last year, youd expect Tancredi to be one of the first names on Herdmans list for a game against the number one ranked team in womens soccer. The problem is, Tancredi is currently finishing chiropractic school in St. Louis and hasnt played soccer since the Olympics. This is not a criticism of Tancredis abilities; in my opinion, she was one of the star players in Canadas miraculous bronze-medal run last summer. But how can a player whose club affiliation is listed as "unattached" be deemed ready to play international football against the best team in womens football? That Herdman has called up Tancredi is neither a criticism of the coach nor of the player. It is an indictment on a broken, dysfunctional youth development system that does little, if anything, to produce a stream of talented players capable of playing at the elite level. Herdman has included Tancredi – despite the fact that she has not played a competitive match since the bronze medal game against France in August last year – because there is no one else that he can call. Thats right. No one else. "Id love to be able to say that in the experience weve had over the last three months that theres a whole barrel of young players that are able to step in at this point and grab senior shirts, but the barrel is pretty empty," said Herdman to the media via conference call when the squad was announced on Wednesday. In fact, such is the paucity of players coming through Canadas youth ranks that Herdman has had to turn to 21-year old Quon as an alternative. To compete at the international level, players must be technically skilled, tacticallly intelligent, physically dynamic and mentally strong.dddddddddddd And the brutally honest truth is that the system of youth soccer in Canada does not produce these players. The win-at-all-costs system that is currently in place in most provinces allows youth coaches to recruit players to win trophies – as false a measure of success as is imaginable – rather than encouraging them to teach players the fundamentals they need to one day become the type of player coveted by coaches like Herdman. The result is a pool of players who are ill-equipped to compete at the international level. "The challenges at this stage are creating a youth system and a whole structure that can produce a conveyor belt of Canadian players that, when a player starts hitting the age of 30, weve already identified, tracked a Canadian player from as young as 13 through our system, prepared them with the right tools and skills to be the best that they can be. I think that its a major challenge for us all. Whether its a parent, whether its the provinces, whether its the national body, to be able to align that system. Until that system is in place, we get a 30-year old that is starting to come to the twilight years of her career, and you actually have to start looking in the U.S. for a player, because there isnt a Canadian, either with a left foot or that skill set that can maintain the pace of the modern game; tactically, physically, technically, and I think thats the challenge were facing," said Herdman. That is as realistic and accurate an assessment of the state of youth soccer in Canada as one is likely to come across. It is also a brutal wakeup call that reform is urgently needed. "In five, six years time, we should never have to do this, we shouldnt have to go and recruit players from other countries because our talent pool – our population base – is bigger than the majority of countries we play against. 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