It has been a tremendous season so far for the Elite. Coming into this last game of the season in 2nd place is quite an accomplishment. All that stands in between guaranteeing that spot and gaining a first round bye and home field advantage for the semis is the woeful Wolfpack. I really can’t tell what happened to them this year, but by reading the forum the past few weeks, they have been plagued with injuries and suspension. The Wolfpack have been known in the past to play a physical style of soccer, and some wouldn’t even consider it soccer. But this year they started the season playing against strong quality teams such as Queenston (3-0) and Amherst Sharpshooters (5-0). Their only wins have come against lower seeded teams like NS Alliance and FC Buffalo Reserves. For the Wolfpack, they really have nothing to play for other than pride. The last time Wolfpack faced a Yemen team for a meaningful game was the 2011 Semifinals. The game was very physical and ended in PKs late into the evening in which Yemen won in front of faithful who stayed after sunset. Enforcing the game was none other than the best ref in the league, Tom George, who will also be enforcing this game too. Wolfpack might be looking at the game as revenge or even getting a positive out of their failed season. Although most of the players who were on that Yemen team are not playing, it will still sit close in the back of their minds what to play for.
Yemen Elite will finally get a couple healthy bodies back. Ahmed Adil who had to sit out 3 games for a double yellow suspension that still has many people scratching their heads. Abdoghani Ali will be back after sitting out a game. Gilford Sai is still sitting with a fractured eye socket and no word on his return as of yet. Yemen must not take this team lightly or jokingly or it will get ugly. Let’s hope they come out with a win and no injuries/suspensions going into the playoffs.
Also there is Double header today. United at 4pm, against BSC Inter @ Nichols.
Kick off is on Sunday 6PM @Yemen Soccer Field on Lehigh St. Come show your support, bring your friends and family along for what should be a great game. (7/21/2013)