Yemen is coming off a huge win against West Seneca Strikers in West Seneca 4 to 1. Yemen was in a scoring slump for the past few games and seem to find their groove against West Seneca. They will be facing the Amherst Raptors which is the sister team of Amherst Sharpshooters which both teams moved into the Championship division along with Yemen. The Raptors lost a close game against FC Yemen in the first round of the Tehel Cup with a score of 2-1. This seems to be the same story for them through the season, losing close games against quality teams. Yemen Elite will have to play the style of soccer as they did against West Seneca in order to get a win. They should not underestimate this team based on thier record in the division. Yemen is still suffering this season with key injuires to the offense, but they do have a deep roster with skilled players to fill in.
Yemen had a short morning practice to take time out to brush up on strategy.
Kick off is at 4PM @ ECC North. Come show your support, bring your friends and family along for what should be a great game. (6/24/2012)
Today is the last game of a crueling week for Yemen. Yemen endured a scoreless loss at the feet of the Premier team Clarence during a Tehel Cup match. Then playing yesterday evening against the roos and coming away with a scoreless tie. Yemen’s bench had a couple of subs, but should not be an excuse not to score any goals. Yemen will have to step it up and play like they did in the beginning of the season. Get ready for an intense match against a top divisional foe West Seneca Strikers. The last time these teams met was during a friendly match at the Yemen Field in which the game ended in a tie 1-1. Will one of these teams win and take a great leap in the division, we shall see.
Kick off is at 6PM @ West Seneca Complex. Come show your support, bring your friends and family along for what should be a great game. (6/17/2012)
These 2 teams have history and maybe even bad blood that go way back. They have faced each other in the past and the matches were very tight. In the 2008 summer season it was back and forth which resulted in a tie, but in 2009 in the CAGE, Yemen was unable to win after having a 1 nothing lead going into the halftime, final score was 2-1, ROOS. Today’s game was a result of a reschedule that was requested by ROOS Captain/Coach/Manager Drew Maloney. The ROOS were in Virginia Beach last weekend attending a beach soccer tournament in which they won. They will try to carry over that success into the CAGE. Both teams have a tough week this week due to having 3 games in 4 Days. Yemen losing to Clarence in Clarence on Thursday’s Tehel Cup and the ROOS match against Lazio (has yet to be posted), both teams played against premier teams. Also both teams will face top divisional foes on Sunday. The weather will be hot and humid. All these conditions will play a big factor in today’s game. Yemen also has a few more setbacks to overcome with injuries and work schedules for certain players, Yemen will be down to 14 active players for today and will be without thier defensive player of the year Sadami Mohsen due to a red card. Returning to the lineup will be the commander in chief Mateo Escobar, his vocal direction was sorely missed in the Cup game, with him in the lineup this Yemen team should rebound and have a strong showing against a rabid ROOS team, who are determined to climb back into the playoff race. Yemen and ROOS sit 6 and 8 respectively in the division, so a win for either team will results in a catapult or a big drop within the division.
Oscar Myer will not be attending this game, but his cousin Drew Maloney will be. *Cue rimshot*
Kick off is at 6PM @ Yemen Soccer Field. Come show your support, bring your friends and family along for what should be a great game. (6/16/2012)
Yemen Elite presses on and advances to the 2nd round of the Tehel Cup to face a premier opponent. Clarence was once in the same division as Yemen a few years back before there was a Championship division. Clarence has faced Yemen about 3 times from 2008-2010 seasons. Clarence has the upper hand in the wins winning 2 out of the 3 matches. Yemen coach Faress Saleh and a few players went to scope out Clarence’s match versus Lakeside FC during a divisional match and were highly impressed with thier top forward number 18 Andrew Incho who is super skilled and demonstrated his talent by scoring 2 of the 3 goals against Lakeside. Clarence was down 1 nil by half, but Lakeside defense seemed more porous and allowed Andrew to find openings that were as wide as the Grand Canyon. Yemen will have to contain him and not give him direct lanes to the net. As what we can see Clarence has one of the tallest players on the roster that Yemen has faced. Yemen has not played since June 3rd and this might hurt them. This will be Yemen’s toughest week since they will be playing 3 games in 4 days. Also Yemen will be without Captain Mateo Escobar, veteran goalie Semir Kadric, new signee Matt Goldwater all due to work schedule and also not in the lineup is Sami Abdulmalik and Debwan Hassan due to leg injuries. Yemen will be coming into todays game with 14 active players, this will definitely test the teams resilences to overcome these setbacks. Clarence sits 2nd in Premier division with a record of 3 wins and 2 loss.
Coach Faress will have to put certain players in the right spots for this game and know when to change formation if they are in the lead or trailing, this was one of the issues that took 3 points away from them during the Celtic game. I wish I can end this article with a joke or a nice line, but Tehel Cups matches are do or die and Yemen Elite better treat it as such.
Kick off is at 630PM @Clarence Town Park, 5400 Goodrich RD, Clarence NY. Come show your support, bring your friends and family along for what should be a great game. (6/14/2012)
Yemen Elite, who already have grade A studs on this team, have bolstered their roster with the signing of Matt Goldwater and Zekry Azeb. Matt Currently plays for FC Buffalo within the National Premier Soccer League he will be splitting time between FC Buffalo during the weekdays and playing for the Elite on the weekends. Matt will bring his aggressive yet skilled style of soccer to Yemen Elite which should help slow down any counter attack from the opposing team. Zekry who has played ball with BC United Fusion which is part of Upstate New York Premier Soccer League. Zekry plays a controlled style of soccer that should help distribute the ball to the streaking strikers. With the departure of a couple of key players from the team, these 2 players should help compensate for the losses.
The last time these 2 teams met was in the 2011 Fall league season. In which Yemen won on the Celtic homeland. This time the scorned Celtic troops will be invading the ‘CAGE’ and try to establish themselves as the best in the Championship division. As of now they sit atop the division undefeated at 3-n-O. Yemen will try to unseat them from the throne and have a chance to take top spot. Celtic have beat Amherst raptors 2-0 in the first game of the season, the Raptors were the same team that FC Yemen beat 2-1 just this Thursday in a Tehel Cup. They have also beat the better Amherst Sharpshooters 2-1 at Ellicot Creek, and decimated a post-wedding ROOS team 5 nil. I have said this time and time again, we really don’t know what type of game the Celtic will bring, but I know for sure based on the chatter in the BDSL forums, that their top player is #18 Joel Patrick. He has beaten defenders with his speed and has excellent touches on the ball. This match will be a true test to the Elite, who practiced yesterday morning in the pouring rain and raging winds. The Elite will be without defensive middlefielder Ado Kadric due to hip-flexor injury and top forward Waheb Noman due to person matters. But back in the line-up is a hungry Sami Abdulmalik who is determined to continue his success after suffering a questionable 3 game suspension. In net today will be one of Yemen’s great goalies Mana Mohsen, he will have to step it up and play one of his best games to date.
Yemen will have to keep focused and strike early to take this game. Yemen will have to contain Joel Patrick, also they must keep the ball grounded as much as possible due to the winds that are forecasted for today. It rained heavy this morning, and field conditions look good with no puddles to be seen. Hopefully the softened ground will be less of a headache than a concrete field that the players have been complaining about. As the game time nears, I can’t help but hear the Celtic Bagpipes in the distance. LET’S GO ELITE..ELITE..ELITE!
Kick off is at 6PM @ Yemen Soccer Field. Come show your support, bring your friends and family along for what should be a great game. (6/3/2012)