Yemen Elite vs Lakeshore Select Tehel Cup QtrFinals



I know its been awhile since I posted here but we are back in the hunt for the coveted Tehel Cup.  Today we are facing a championship team in Lakeshore Select who sits in 4th place in the Championship division.  Lakeshore has some fast and physical players who can keep up with Elite’s speedy players.  Lakeshore took out the Roos 3-0 in last week’s top 16 bracket at West Seneca.  Lakeshore played physical against a benchless Roos team.  Second half saw a continued bombardment from a relentless Lakeshore team. Yemen who played a 10 minute game (thunderstorm) in league play against a 7 man Chelsea team scoring 1 goal are looking to keep the winning going.  Yemen is out of the playoff contention in league play so they will be focusing on bringing home the Tehel Cup.  Elite has brought back talented players like James Ugorji who speed can slice up any defense and back from Mississippi is Alex Pollak who will add some defensive skills to the mid field line.  The offense seemed to catch its footing against Lykan with Zein and Majid scoring and assisting.  Elite is looking continue the winning and go for the Cup.

Kick off is Thursday July 17th at 630PM @ West Seneca Soccer Complex 1 . 3747 Seneca St, West Seneca, NY 14224. Come show your support, bring your friends and family along for what should be a great game.

Yemen Elite vs Alden (Tehel Cup RD1)


Yemen Elite will be facing off against 1st Division Alden.  The last time Yemen faced Alden was in 2012 league play in which Yemen won handily.  Alden has been a team in a downward spiral since then and have been relegated from Championship division. Alden has only played one game this season against the Buffalo Gunners in which they conceded 4 goals and only scoring off a corner kick.  From initial analysis, they are big and work well on corner/place kicks, they are non stop hustlers.

Yemen Elite coming off a hard fought loss to Celtic.  Yemen played hard with 10 men after get an early red card on a questionable call.  The loss is still stinging coming into this game.  Missing from the last game was offense, Yemen will look to change things up today.  Back in the line-up is Mike Raftu, this should add some offensive spark.  This game will be played at the Cage, which is been in constant battle with the weather.

Yemen Elite is looking to make a statement in this game and will not take this team lightly.

Other Tehel Cup gains in action is FC Yemen (1st Division) vs Rangers (Championship Division) and Buffalo Gunners (1st Division) vs BUSS (Premier)

Kick off is today Thursday 630PM @Yemen Soccer Field on Lehigh St. Come show your support, bring your friends and family along for what should be a great game. (5/22/14)

Yemen Elite vs Celtic


Today’s match features 2 great teams. Yemen Elite coming off a dominating  win against a perennial Premier team in Lakeside FC at the Cage.  They will be facing a juggernaut of a team in the Celtic.

Celtic is rated the top team in the Premier year after year including this year per the BDSL power ranking.  This is as solid as team as you can get in this league. Teams only hope to not concede many goals against them, but what makes this team great is the cohesiveness of the players.  Most of them have played for years together and developed chemistry that helps them deliver quick and precise passes.  At times the ball is delivered with little communication as if they know exactly where their teammate will be.  Celtic has a couple of Butchers on the team, Frank and Steve Butcher that is.  Their name is synonymous with the style of play, carving up teams on the field with impunity.  In net, is none other than the league president himself Brian “Ski” Staniszewski, although some say he attributes their low league goals against to the guys in front of him, he does step up when tested.  The rest of the team consist of many great athletes who have played at Division I and III colleges at one point.

Coach Faress only caught of glimpse of this Celtic team while coaching his team last year during the Championship game against Amherst.  Much of the style of this Celtic team is not known to him, but he seems to adapt and adjust during a match.  When asked how he feels about this match, Coach Faress stated ” This is a must win” and “The outcome of this game will show where we stand in this Premier Division”.  It’s a very tall order to beat such a great team, but still capable with what Yemen Elite’s roster consists of.  The only issue that impacts Yemen Elite the shorten roster for today (15).  Scratched from the roster for Sunday is Mike Raftu(F), Alex Pollak(M), James Ugorji (F). Coach Faress will have to move players around to fill in where players are missing.  This is not new to him as he has a great understanding the players on the roster and where they can step up.  Also, something new to Yemen Elite is the time of this game being played at 2pm.  This can also be a factor in the way players get ready for an early game.

Fans are hoping to witness history for this Yemen Elite team. To beat a team like this will be a great accomplishment for this club.

Kick off is Sunday 5/18 at 2PM @ Nichols (1250 Amherst Street, Buffalo, NY 14216). Come show your support, bring your friends and family along for what should be a great game. Temperatures should be in the mid 50s, please dress warm (5/18/14)

Yemen Elite vs Lakeside FC


Yemen Elite coming off a flat tie game against BUSS, Yemen will have to do better than that.  Coming to the Cage for the first time ever will be Lakeside FC.  Lakeside FC is a team that finishes in the top half of the Premier division.  They are considered one of the perennial teams that either makes it to the finals of the Tehel Cup or in the playoff for the regular season.  Last week Lakeside FC lost to the juggernauts BSC Raiders by a close margin of 1 nil.  Most teams who played last week had rust and more than likely used that game as their first outdoor 11 v 11 warm-up game.

Lakeside FC has weapons at their disposal such as the playmaking ability of #9 Kyle Westerholt. He is the heart of soul of the middle, he can deliver passes with such accuracy and move out of tight containment.  He will be the key to this team for the season.  Yemen will have to find ways to disrupt his movement and get him out of his game.  Not to take away anything away from the rest of the roster, this team has a great midfield but not sure about how this defense can hold up against a very fast Yemen team. Charlie Barth, the manager of Lakeside FC, personally requested to play this game at the Cage as normally we don’t have one this early. He has only wanted to experience the Cage, so let’s give them an experience they soon won’t forget.

Yemen Elite has had a roster rearrangement since last year and added depth to almost every position.  Back in this weeks line up is the ever elusive Ali Adil and the speed defender Mo Harhara.  They will be a welcome addition to a short roster.  Yemen has lost the Alex Pollak to Mississippi Brilla FC until mid July.  Alex will be sorely missed but should not reduce Yemen’s ability to move the ball.

Today’s factors for the game will be the field and the fans.  The Cage is not one of the best grounds in the league, some would consider it the worst.  But what makes the Cage a factor is the fans.  They will be instrumental in boosting our Yemen Elite team to another level of play.  As I am writing this post, we currently have field maintenance out there trimming the grass were there are no puddles.  Some parts of the field are muddy so will it play in Yemen’s favor since they are a grass team and Lakeside is a turf team? we shall see.

This is the first official home game for any Yemen team, so let’s get as many people out there early.  Spread the word as the loathsome Lakeside FC comes to our Cage to steal a win.

Kick off is today 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. (5/11/14)

Yemen Elite vs Buffalo United Soccer Star (BUSS)


For the first game of the season, Yemen Elite will be facing off against the incumbent Premier team BUSS formerly known as the Black Stars. Many changes have happened to this team over the years but familiar faces stayed onboard to keep this team afloat in the Premier league. BUSS came in near the bottom of Premier last season with Lykan FC and intially were relegated, but due to restructuring around the league and the Premier division going from 10 to 12 teams, BUSS remained in Premier with Lykan. It was not that there were a bad team, as they lost close games to quality teams. This year BUSS has a lighter roster going from 21 to 16, but increased in talent as they picked up the young rising star Ezana Vidic and added UB Club soccer stars Adedamola and Roberto Carlos. Also returning to the team after a season stint with Yemen United and standout midfielder/forward Miguel Rumbo. If there is a team that Yemen Elite knows so well it is this team. During the offseason most of the players on BUSS participated in the Yemen Indoor Soccer League and have won back to back Championships with Brazil, a mixture of Yemen and BUSS players.

Yemen Elite has also had a facelift in players. Starting with the 10 returning players and adding 8 (Player Profiles). Yemen Elite has added depth in every position in front of the goalie.  Most of the new players come from extensive soccer backgrounds. One player that is looking to prove his comeback is George Yappa.  George once played for BUSS a couple of years back, but due to an injury he suffered indoor, he has been out of the game. George is out to prove that he is an Elite player and can still play the game at a skilled level.  Yemen has faced BUSS once last year in a friendly match that ended with a (Yemen Elite) 9-1 (BUSS)score, but this is a different Yemen team and also a very different BUSS team.  Players from both sides have a lot at stake trying to prove they have what it takes to play in this league.  Both teams want to start the season in the win column and come out of this game with positives.  Yemen Elite will have a couple of injured players who are questionable to play, but it will be the coach’s decision on whether to play them or not.

Last year’s run for the Championship Cup proved successful, can Yemen continue the winning into the Premier League. We will see. Full team schedule can be found here TEAM SCHEDULE

Kick off is Sunday May 4th at 6PM @ West Seneca Soccer Complex 1 . 3747 Seneca St, West Seneca, NY 14224. Come show your support, bring your friends and family along for what should be a great game. (5/4/2014)

2014 Yemen Elite Roster


Pinch me! Been waiting for the season opener. Not only is this a sign that summer is near but a time we can finally look forward to on a weekly basis and enjoy the sport we all love.

Yemen Elite last season won the Championship Division with heart and determination.  But going into Premier this year will take a lot more than heart to win it.  Every year Coach Faress assesses talent and try his best to bring in the best he can find and this year is no different.  Having a 50% turnover rate in the roster is no easy tasks as most of the talented Yemen players moved on to an even stronger FC Yemen team who are poised to win the First Division.



Yemen Elite retained the core players such as  prolific keeper Semir Kadric, and the fearless defenseman in Guilford Sai, Mohamed Harhara and Ahmad Adil,  the razzle dazzle moves of Ali Adil, the unstrippable Ramsey Abdulmalik, the non-stop attacking of Majed Mohamed, the smooth gliding ball control of Otmane Boussag, the turbolific Nigerian Nightmare James “Flipmeister” Ugorji and of course the “General” Mateo Escobar. Most of you know these players and what they bring to the team.

Now onto the new comers.

Coach Faress had to replace a depleted offense with the loss of Nageeb Ali and Waheeb Noman. He has added speed in and skill with George Yappa, Zein AbulAziz, Mike Raftu.

George1George Yappa was a rising star in the league a couple of years ago until an unfortunately tackle that torn his ankle.  It took 2 years to recover from this injury but he is looking to continue his stardom.  George has played for Yemen in the past and also for BUSS, hopefully he will receive a warm welcome back as he scores goals.



ZeinZein Abdulaziz is an extremely fast and talented player who honed his ball playing skills in the Delaware Soccer Club.  He has played with the former BBoyz team who were just reinstated by the league, his touch is amazing and can easily put goals in the back of the net.




mug-raftuMichael Raftu was a late signee who maybe here for a short time, but this guys bleeds soccer. His historical stats can be found on the internet. He has broken goal records at schools he has attended and is well recognized at Medialle for his swift attack in the last 3rd of the field.



Another area of concern was the midfield.  We lost a ton of talented players in that position including Abdulqawi Mohamed who cleaned up a lot of open field during the 2013 season.


OwusuAdded to the Midfield positions is new comer and fairly unknown to the region is Matthew Owusu.  Matthew hails from the west African nation of Ghana. He has been through a few academies in Ghana and Germany.  He is a possessive midfielder with strong field presence. His soccer IQ is high and works well with players around him.



CurtAlso added to the midfield ranks is Curt Nowack.  Curt is originally from the rural area of Rochester and has played soccer for many years including the Rochester District Soccer League and intramural soccer while studying at UB. He is a unique player will unlimited stamina, his ball delivery is very precise, he can also strike low hard balls into the net from any angle.



RachidYou can never have enough midfielders on a team especially when you are playing 5 in a game. So to increase our depth we’ve added Racheed Agoro from African nation of Togo. Racheed bring tenacity to the midfield position, he is very fast and covers ground quick on counter attacks.  He is a versatile player that can play most positions on the field.



Yemen Elite has always had a stingy defense and this will remain true for this season.  Gil Sai has returned from a season ending eye injury along with Ahmad Adil. And also returning back from Yemen are one of our first iron curtain defenders Mohsen Hassain and Mo Harhara.  But we are not done yet.

headshot_2_Pollak_AlexCoach Faress, during the preseason tryouts, spotted a young and talented Alex Pollak who also played for Medialle and PDL (Premier Development League) Mississippi Brilla FC.  He is a very bright and vocal player whose field vision is unmatched. He will add strength and depth to the position, and should gel quite quickly with the current D-line.



MohsenAnother returning member who played with our 2012 Yemen Elite team is non other than Mohsen Hassain.  Mohsen is once of the smartest defenders you will find.  He may look unorthodox at times, but teams find it very difficult to get past him. He is calm and cool with the ball and can counterattack just as fast.  He is a very welcomed addition to the D-line and I know he will be a fan favorite.



Last but not least, the goalie position.  Which is usually underrated. We have one of the best keepers in the league. Semir Kadric. Although he may not get many shots because of the great play of the defense, he stands on his head when tested.  He may have the most highlights in the previous 2 season that Yemen Elite has played. His dedication and heart to the team has no bounds. He has played through injuries and even kept the team in games against high level opponents.

This season will be a very exciting season as the Cage will be rattling to a deafening roar when Premier opponents come marching in.  The team schedule can be found at the top of the homepage. Prizes will be handed out during certain games such as game jersey, hats, t-shirts.

Come cheer on your beloved Yemen Elite this season as they fight to win the coveted Premier Cup.


BDSL interview of Coach Faress Saleh

It’s interviewwwwww tttiiimmmmeeeeee. This week we bring to you one of the most popular and involved managers in the BDSL.. Faress Saleh from Yemen Elite!! Let’s jump right into it. I hope you have some time because this is a record setting interview and worth every single word!

BDSL: How did you come to take control of the Yemen organization?

FS: I have played for the Yemen organization since I was kid and loved the program. Abdul Noman who is the director of the Lackawanna Yemen Soccer Club has ran the entire age group from youth to men since he started the organization back in 1975. As the years went on and the members increased with the majority members being youth, he slowly removed himself from the men’s program and allowed us to run it. His focus has always been the youth because he felt they were the ones in need of recreational activity and away from the streets. We are grateful for his endless work as it was the only place for us to play and have fun after school.

As I got older and out of shape, playing keeper for all those years took a toll on my body, I loved the sport and when I had time I would watch the younger men play year after year but come up short when it came to playoffs or championship. I also started to notice the youth in our community no longer interested in soccer after they finished high school and this is what worried me. Also with the men’s team not having consistent leadership, always changing from year to year, I felt I had to get involved and shake things up a bit. The first thing I noticed was most years our men’s team would consist of players who were mostly friends, some have the money to pay but not so much the skills to play, and those who have skills to play but did not have the money to pay. The second issue I found was coaching, most times a coach was chosen because some of the players organizing the team would decide and knowing they will get full playing time, to me that was unfair. Other years, we would have a player/coach, to me that is a conflict of interest. Soccer for the men’s team started to lose its interest especially when the 2011 Yemen II team lost in the 1st Division Championship game against Amherst Sharpshooters. So one day after the season during Ramadan, I was thinking of ways to get our community interested in soccer again, also I did not want to lose the youth in our community. I wanted them to look up to the men’s team as the next stage and hopefully continue striving to play skilled soccer and maintain high academics in school. What I envisioned is that as these youth get older, they can be showcased to area college coaches and hopefully get into higher education with a scholarship in soccer. We are not there yet, but down the road that is my vision.

So what I decided to do was first get my coaching certification which I completed in the year of 2011, secondly I wanted to take the money issue out of the equation so I decided that each player pay nothing and I would find some sponsor. This was the hardest thing, because I would go out to find sponsors and maybe I am not the best salesmen out there, but I was able to get one to pay for the jerseys that first year. The rest would come out of my pocket. I also wanted to change the feel and culture of the team. I wanted to give it a professional feel so I decided to get team memorabilia like t-shirts, sports bag, hats, wrist bands and even a website (which I admin). I even purchased a new team Logo that you currently see around our team. I lost money of course throughout all of this but I felt the ends will justify the means.

 BDSL: There has been talk around the league about the Cage getting a face lift. Any truth to this rumor and do you have a time table for it’s completion?

FS: Absolutely true. As you we love our home field “The Cage” as much as you do. It is in constant use within our community almost on a daily basis. The proximity to our community contributes to that. Everyone from young to old are there and either taking in the weather and watching the game or playing pick up on it when there isn’t a game. Over the years erosion and flooding makes it unplayable early in the season and by the end of the season the field is bare with little grass.

After the end of our season back in 2012, our community hosted the Yemen Cup were mostly Yemen teams from Canada, Michigan, and New York play. We invited Assemblyman Sean Ryan and Senator Tim Kennedy to our event and they noticed our field was in bad shape, the field was so bad at times dust from the dry dirt would blow into the faces of fans and players, it was embarrassing. They knew the importance of the field to our community and knew they had to help. So the County of Erie and the City of Lackawanna are collaborating to get this done for us. As with any project, it takes time, approvals, land surveying, contracts…etc.. The one issue before work can start was with a small piece of land along the east side of the field near the railroads which is owned by CSX. They have worked out the issues and should resume the project. We don’t have any exact date but it should be soon and possibly after our season ends.

 BDSL: I think I speak for the entire league when I say a new surface at the Cage would be welcomed by all. It remains one of the lone true home fields. How big of an effect does that have on your home games and the team mentality? By that, I mean do you think your players give that extra bit because they are playing in their ‘home’ as opposed to say, Azzuri or Celtic who play at Nichols with 8 other BDSL teams?

FS: I believe the only home loss we suffered since taking the reins was against the Amherst Sharpshooters 3-0 back in the July 8th 2012, and in that game we were missing key players and it was an embarrassing loss to a great Sharpshooter team. I think I speak for a lot of the players who have played at the Cage and it truly an atmosphere of excitement whenever there is a game going on. The Cage is like a living, breathing entity and at times the atmosphere would feel electric. The fans have a lot to do with the excitement and the closeness of the fans to the field of play make for a very intimidating environment for opposing teams. Whenever I bring in new players to the team and they get the first taste of the Cage, they can’t stop talking about when our next home game will be. The fans would chant your name if you stand out during the game, it really feels like you are playing at a higher level of competition. So definitely, the Cage brings out the best in each and everyone of our players.

 BDSL: Sticking with the rumors from a few questions back, is it true you have only kept 9 players from last years Championship winning team? If so, who did you pick up? How do you think team chemistry will be with over 50% of the team being new?

FS: My first season in 2012, I decided to hold tryouts back in early February. I had it open to all, not just Yemenis. I wanted it to be competitive. I had a great turn out of 40 players, most of them from the community. After it was said and done, I was able to get it down to 21 players. I did have issues with close friends who did not make the cut, but they understood my goals. There was another Yemen team formed by the rest of the players but it was not setup the same way as I did for Elite.

Championship Division: This was a learning season for me, because even with the money issue (no player fees) I still dealt with players who complained about playing time, mostly from players who always played for Yemen teams and are used to playing full games. It became managing egos instead of games. I became frustrated at times and knew I would have to weed out those who did not understand the role of a coach and the definition team player. We were able to get through the season and lost in the semifinal game. This to me was a success, I was able to get a all these players to work together and win games. That semifinal game against Celtic United should have been ours to win. Celtic United was a strong team, but going into that game, mentally our players were not there. I was too busy focusing on the players on the bench, each one wanting to play and subbing them in.

In the 2013 season, with what I’ve learned in the previous year, I knew I had to be more firm and smarter in choosing the right players. So I kept the core of 2012 which was about 9 players and search the area for other players. I had players refer other players and I did some scouting on the side. This time I would judge them on many things. First is their skill, second is on their soccer IQ, third was their mentality. I think I had about 21 again on the roster, I did retain some players who had heart but skill wise was average. I knew if I get these players together, I can build the chemistry. There are techniques for building chemistry which I have learned over the years and it definitely shows on the field. The roster I had was large, but a couple of players moved out of town as the season started and I had a couple of early season injuries (down to 18). It was one of our best seasons and a very successful season bringing home our first ever BDSL CUP.

For 2014: So to answer your question about this season. Yes, the rumors are true. I lost a couple of players like James Ugorji who moved back to DC for his graduates degree in Sports Medicine and Ronald Cox who joined the military. Most of the other guys you will see on FC Yemen, This will make FC Yemen a stronger contender in the the first division. I only have 9 from last year (Semir Kadric, Guilford Sai, Ahmad Adil, Ali Adil, Ramsey Abdulmalik, Majed Mohamed, Mohamed Harhara, Otmane Boussag, and of course Mateo Escobar), I feel they are my core guys. I have done this before starting with new players and I am ready for it. The new guys that are coming in are very smart guys and will pick up my system quick.

BDSL: What has been the biggest challenge that you have encountered since taking of the Yemen organization?

FS: I have only taken over the men’s program for now and Abdulsalam Noman has continued with the youth program. I feel he has bigger challenges than I do. But I would say the biggest challenge for me would be is finding players, it takes me all of the off season to scout for them, I know every year I will lose players and I have to find way to replace them with equal or better players. Then getting the commitment from the new players and dedication to the team and also participating in the practices. There are times I get a player committed only to leave to another team and I must scramble to find a replacement so close to the season opener. This season is no different. Every year I seem to have a 50% turnover rate.

BDSL: Now that there are only 4 spots in the playoffs and you look at the teams in Premier there’s the usual suspects; Celtic, BSC Raiders, Clarence, Lazio, Lakeside, and newcomer Celtic United. Where does Yemen fit in that group of teams? Obviously playoffs are always the goal, but is a finish in the middle of the table acceptable this transition season?

FS: Top 4? I thought it would be top 6 since the Premier Division moved to 12 teams.
You forgot to mention Amherst Sharpshooters in your list of great teams. It will be tough. All the teams you listed are great perennial teams who seems to always run the Premier division year in and year out. With the Premier division only doing top 4 we have our work cut out for us. I will be working extra hard with the guys and should have a competitive team that should rival most of the Premier division teams. The only thing that would hurt us is injuries, there are a few who are nursing off season injuries who I hope should be ready for the season. There is one factor that will work in our favor and that is the Cage. Most premier teams play at Nichols which is turf, and I believe only Clarence, BUSS and ourselves are grass teams. We feel we are better on our home turf and should win those games. Clarence (Premier) last year lost in a Tehel Cup match versus Yemen United (1st Division) at the Cage, Clarence had many opportunities, but fumbled at times because of the field. The last 5 games are home for us and hopefully it will push us to the top.

I would like to earn a playoff spot and surprise the league this year, but I will see as the season progresses.

 BDSL: We voted your Championship celebration as the moment of the year last year. What’s going through your head the moments before the final whistle blew and the moments after?

FS: This question gave me chills. It was very satisfying, not only for me but for all the fans, community and everyone who ever played for the Yemen Organization. It was our first BDSL Cup win. I was super nervous especially before the game started. We were missing 4 important players who were key to our season, they were delayed because they got pulled over for speeding. We started the came slowly and maintained position against a very good Sharpshooter team. Finally, the 4 players showed up about 15 mins in and the game was still scoreless. We worked hard to get to this point, we worked on game strategy against this team. I was pretty confident once we got the first goal by James Ugorji, who is probably the fastest player in the BDSL at that time, we would win this game. Amherst is not known to be a high scoring team, and I knew if we get at least 2 we would either beat them or tie them and take it to PKs. Once we got the second goal in the first half, I was content and played defensive ball control the remainder of the game with a couple of offensive chances.

It was surreal that last 5 minutes of the game as I knew we would be hoisting that Cup and what I would say. Once the whistle blew, the fans rushed the field and hoisted any Yemen player they saw, it was amazing. I am glad I still have it on film and get goose bumps watching it. It was awesome to get the support from a few teams around the league like Queenston who we beat to get to the championship and the ROOS who we’ve always had a good relationship with.

BDSL: Hypothetical situation, You can no longer run Yemen. For whatever reason. You have to choose a new team to take over. What team do you take over? Why? And what’s the first thing you do when you assume control?

FS: I would probably take over FC Buffalo Reserves. I see a lot of talented individuals on that team, some with extremely high soccer IQ. I was very surprised they did not fare well in the Championship Division. They lacked leadership and chemistry. Some of them just needed a kick in the ass and I bet we would see one of the best team in the league. The first thing I would do is implant a vocal leader on the team. Then I would assess the players and put them in the position they would excel at. Some players feel they should be playing offense and some feel they should be playing defense when in fact that player may be better in the opposite position. Lastly, I would make sure they show up to practice and work on chemistry. If you have chemistry on a team, it can take you far even though the skill level is not there. But this team has the skill and can be deadly if trained. No knock on whoever is running them now. I hope I don’t get my tires slashed for this. HAHAHA.

But again, just hypothetical, I love my team and my players and they play for me.

BDSL: Are we going to see a new suit this year?

 FS: There are a couple of new suits, but I think this year I will focus on the hat.

BDSL: As always, any final thoughts you’d like to leave with the league?

FS: I would like to say, since taking over one of the men’s team for Yemen, our club feels welcomed to be part of this league. All of you have been supportive and excited about what we are doing. We just hope that we can keep the excitement and interest going for years to come.

BDSL: Thank you to Faress and the entire Yemen organization.

2014 Yemen Elite Update

Tryouts for the 2014 Yemen Elite seasons have concluded and a roster will soon be out.

Thank You to all players who participated in the tryouts, there were some impressive standouts.  You will still see the return of some players such as Semir Kadric one of the leagues premier keepers and also Mateo “Maestro” Escobar who will return as captain of the Elites.  This season Yemen Elite has been promoted into the Premier division of the BDSL and will compete against top level talents in the area.  Most of the premier teams enlist top college players from the area.  Yemen Elite has also bolstered its roster to include some D1 college players with some very impressive resumes. With the new faces Coach Faress Saleh hopes to bring home another Cup.

The finalized roster will be posted in the next couple of weeks, stay tuned.

2014 Winter Indoor House Leage


1st Arsenal  –   4th Black Squad       9:30PM  Field 2

2nd Brazil   –     3rd Gunners            9:30PM  Field 3

We are trying to speak with Sahlens to try to get these games played one after another instead of the same time.  We will keep you posted


>YSIL Schedule and Scores
Pos Teams Wins Loss Tie GF GA GD Points
1 Arsenal 7 0 0 44 17 +27 21
2 Brazil 6 1 0 49 23 +26 18
3 Gunners 5 2 0 46 35 +11 15
4 Black Squad 3 3 1 52 38 +14 10
5 FC Yemen 3 3 1 36 26 +10 10
6 European All-Stars 2 5 0 28 64 -36 6
7 Young Guns 1 6 0 28 40 -12 3
8 Red Devils 0 7 0 12 50 -38 0

Goals per player in (goals)

Keeper in Green (Moves Left) Red Devils-Red +1 Brazil-Yellow +4 FC Yemen-Blk/Blu +4 Gunners-Green +3
Captains Mohamed Al-Kalai Shaefal Mosed Muktar Albakri Ali Jawad
2 AbdulRahman Fadhel Miguel Rumbo Ali M. Albaneh Wasem Jabbar
3 Cori Kowalski Benti Jodi Majed Albari Amjad Alsaddoun
4 Moe Hamade Nabeal Saif Taha Omar Ala Abdulla
5 Taofik Kaid Gilberto “Polo” Suazo Mo Harhara Ahmed Al-Zinghi
6 Mido Abbas Ali Shawoosh AbdulQawi Albari Otmane Boussag
7 Adam Lang Matt Stu Bassam Harhara Mahdi Alkarmashi
8 Aaron Kleinschmit Mohamed S Albari Abobakir Abosnena
9 Abdulgani Ahmed Migalli Mohamed Abdulgani Ali Hicham Mihab
10 Badr Albari Mohammed Musa Nageeb Ali Abdosamad Chakir
Keeper in Green (Moves Left) Black Squad-Black +4 Arsenal-Red +3 European All-Stars-Blue/White +2 Young Guns-White +2
Captains Sami Abdulmalik Naji Alabbadi Smajo Mehmedovic Nageeb Omar
2 Ramsey Abdulmalik Ali Adil Suljo Mehmedovic Hussain Omar
3 Samy Kassem Ahmed Adil Izo Kamenica Zaidan Mohsin
4 Ahmed Kadi Admir Kadric Armin Mulahmetovic Yasin Omar
5 Mana Mohsen Mateo Escobar Emir Mulahmetovic Sami Albakri
6 Akram Alkadi Semir Kadric Momo Ahmed Muaad Albakri
7 Anthony Saysay Zein Abdulaziz Husein Hadzic Ali Sharian
8 George Yappa Curt Novak Abdullahi Abdulli Naef Al-hajaji
9 Ali Mohamed Guilford Sai Nermin Uzanalic Hesham Almontaser
10 Mahmoud Kassem Kevin Bentley Hussein Hussein Adnan Mohsen


2013 Winter Indoor House League

Standings Determination: Points>Best Goal Differential>Most Goals For>Least Goals Against

Brazil WINS!!! the Championship with a 9-6 score over Black Squad

>League Rules

Yemen Soccer Indoor League 2013 Winter
Pos Teams Wins Loss Tie GF GA GD Points
1 Black Squad 6 1 0 56 37 +19 18
2 Brazil 5 2 0 41 22 +19 15
3 FC Yemen 4 2 1 39 26 +13 13
4 Gunners II 4 2 1 31 28 +3 13
5 Trigger Happy 4 3 0 36 27 +9 12
6 Red Devils 2 4 1 26 41 -15 7
7 Gunners 1 6 0 25 50 -25 3
8 Crossfire 0 6 1 24 48 -24 1

Goals per player in (goals)

Keeper in Green (Moves Left) Red Devils-Red 0 Brazil-Yellow 0 FC Yemen-Blk/Blu +2 Gunners-Green +4
Captains Mohamed Al-Kalai (4) Shaefal Mosed Muktar Albakri (1) Ali Jawad (1)
2 Debwan Hassan (2) Miguel Rumbo (8) Ali M. Albaneh Younes Abdullah (4)
3 Ayman Elsayegh Benti Jodi (1) Majed Albari (7) Amjad Alsaddoun
4 AbdulRahman Fadhel (8) Nabeal Saif (1) Taha Omar (3) Semir Kadric
5 Nageeb T Omar Gilberto “Polo” Suazo (4) Adnan Mohsen (4) Admir Kadric (2)
6 Jake Lamos Kevin Mckenzie (3) Harieth Alkadi Otmane Boussag
7 Aden Lang Matt Stu (9) Bassam Harhara (5) Abdasamad Chakir (14)
8 Mark Tellgren (4) Faysal Benama (1) Mohamed S Albari (4) Hicham Mihab
9 MoMo Ahmed (6) Migalli Mohamed Abdulgani Ali (13) Mehdi Natarseh (2)
10 Andrew Barber (1) Mohammed Musa (14) Sergiy Kurovskyy (2) Mateo Escobar (2)
Keeper in Green (Moves Left) Black Squad-Black +2 Trigger Happy-White 0 Crossfire-Grey +4 Gunners II-Green +2
Captains Sami Abdulmalik (5) Naji Alabbadi (1) Taofik Kaid (6) Nageeb Aloudi (3)
2 Ramsey Abdulmalik (6) Ali Adil (6) Suljo Mehmedovic Bashar Ajwad (7)
3 Adam Aziz (1) Ahmed Adil Smajo Mehmedovic Mahdi Alkarmashi
4 Ahmed Kadi (rocco 3) Ali Alyasiri (1) Ali Shawoosh (7) Abobakir Abosnena
5 Abdulqawi Albari (9) Prince Saysay (2) Hesham Almontaser (5) Mido Abbas
6 Akram Alkadi Drew Colosimo (2) Tarek Jawani (2) Wesam Jabbar (2)
7 Mahmood Kaseem (3) Zein Abdulaziz (10) Sami Albakri (1) Samy Kassem (5)
8 Nageeb Ali (19) George Yappa (8) Muad Albakri (1) Kavon (7)
9 Ali Mohamed (10) Ezana Kahsay (5) Zaidan Mohsen (2) Naef Abdullah (1)
10 Mana Mohsen Johnny Guardado (1) Mujahid Ahmed Ahmed Al-Zinghi (6)