Buffalo Street Soccer Tournament
Date: October 5th, Saturday
Time: Runs from approximately 9am to 5pm
Location: TBA but likely near CEM on Lafayette or School#45
For more information and registration go to http://streetsoccerbuffalo.com/
This is it. The Finals for the championship division. Amherst Sharpshooters and Yemen Elite finished the division 1st and 2nd respectively. Amherst boasts the best defense in the league and lowest goals against of 7 and Yemen Elite boast the best offense in the league with the highest goals for of 38. These 2 dynamos are on a collision course and only one will come out victorious. The last time these 2 teams met was on June 23rd at Nichols were Yemen came roaring out of the gate and scored a quick goal within a few minutes of the game. Amherst quickly gathered themselves and played a possession game. They were able to counter on Yemen’s mistakes and capitalize on one them within the 22nd minute to even the score. An later they would get the game winner.
Yes, Yemen Elite is the underdog and coming into this game with 14 players will not help. Yemen started the season with 21 and as the season went on critical injuries and players traveling overseas reduced the ranks. The last few games Yemen has done a lot with what they have and showing their true heart, they were able to get wins. The best example was the semifinal game as Queenston FC, Queenston had a full bench with 8 on standby and Yemen only had 4 on bench with 2 in rotation. Yemen pulled an amazing effort to win the game 1-0. But to give credit to just the team would be an understatement, the crowd was at full tilt and roared on many occasions that lifted the spirits of the players. The crowd will be equally as important for Yemen Elite at Nichols for the finals.
Important message from league president:
All fans are to sit on bleacher side of the fields. No fans will be permitted in the space between the fields.
The Lackawanna Yemen Soccer Club will be providing shuttle service from the Lehigh Soccer field. The shuttles will be leaving the field at 5pm sharp and bring folks back after the game. Please carpool as there will be limited parking.
Kick off is Sunday 8/11 at 6PM @ Nichols (1250 Amherst Street, Buffalo, NY 14216). Come show your support, bring your friends, family, drums, vuvezelas, and anything else along for what should be a great game
These 2 powerhouses have been neck and neck the whole season. Both teams ended up with the same record and about the same goals against. The goals for and goals differential go to Elite.
This game is one of the best matchups with both teams coming in with top caliber keepers. The previous meeting of these 2 teams happened up at The Fort, a very long drive for anyone to make. Yemen Elite experienced the curse of the Fort showing up with only 7 players to start the game with 2 more joining the ranks a few minutes later. Yemen Elite controlled the ball in the beginning with only 9 guys, but Queenston was beating on the door and almost capitalized twice had it not been for a tremendous save by Semir Kadric and an absolutely amazing goal line header save by Ayman Elsayegh. Yemen was able to get 2 more bodies before the end of the half but no bencher. The half ended with no goals produced by either team. It wasn’t until 20 minutes in that Yemen’s Ali Adel took on 4 Queenston players and glided skillfully toward the net to put one past John Netter. About 10 later James Ugorji was awarded a PK and scored it with no chance of the keeper reaching it. Throughout this match, Yemen was physically exhausted with no relief of the bench and physically manhandled by a bigger stronger squad. Yemen played with heart and shook off the pummeling with a 2 goal lead. With 10 minutes left, Yemen’s Gilford Sai slid across the 18 yard line to stop an impending breakaway and missed the ball and took a shattering knee to the eye which resulted in a double whammy. One being a PK and the other ending yet a 3rd Elite member to season ending injuries. Semir stepped up big and saved the initial shot but Queenston was able to knock in the rebound. 2-1 with only 9 minutes left, Yemen held off a barrage of chances that Queenston threw at them to hold the win. Some fans that came to watch said it was the best, gutsiest showing by a Yemen team in a very long time. Missing in this game were some key players. Defenseman Ahmed Adil, Midfielders Otmane Boussag, Abdulqawi and Majed Albari, and Forward Taha Omar.
Queenston boasts a great record that equaled Yemen’s, but that loss caused them to lose the 2nd seed and home field advantage. Now Queenston must travel to hostile territory deep in the heart of Lackawanna. If there ever was a place to build a soccer stadium it would be right here on Lehigh, the fans out here are the best in the league and the most rabid. Queenston will have to face a more determined Yemen Elite team which lost last year in the semis to Celtic United at Ellicott Creek. Coach Faress hosted 2 critical practice and strategy sessions that will surely help Yemen’s game flow back in order. Queenston’s first time in the championship division this year and also to make it this far has been a surprise to others, but not to me. They are looking to continue to move up the ranks and hoping to enter Premiership after this season.
Word has spread fast and far about this game. This is the first time ever Yemen has hosted a playoff game in the championship division and probably the first time ever in Men’s Yemen Club history. The Cage will have its full serving of pandemic fans and the opponents will have to endure its intimidating atmosphere. WOW! what a game it will be.
T-shirts will be on sale at the gate for 10$ to help support and cheer your beloved Elite.
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. (8/4/13)
There has been so much build up to this game. First, Yemen United who started the season strong and at one point were at the top of the division fell quickly by losing 4 in a row mid season. They were able to salvage their season by beating teams that were ahead of them in the standing and getting enough points to squeak into 6th place. It was definitely down to the last game that they lost but secured it when Celtic Hoops lost to Depew Village. This team is much better than their record shows, but lack of player attendance and mid season bickering, the crew was able to pull it together at the end and get some wins. Yemen United will have great fan support including their brethren from the championship division Yemen Elite. United should have a full roster showing up for this game at the Boneyard (Orchard Park Soccer Complex).
The Sporting Roos are a new team in the league that was formed under the same Club banner as Roos United (Championship division) and managed by Drew Maloney, who has been a target of many around the league due to his brash statements that seem to stir the pot, some may call it trolling and some may call it bashing, but whatever the case, he has too many enemies (I will get back to this later on) that most fans around the league root against any team affiliated with him. He has not played in any game this season due to his knee injury, but that did not stop him from being the face of the club. The Sporting Roos started the season strong and stayed amongst the top tier of the division and at one point were in first place like Yemen United was. They have faced United early in the season which ended in a 1-0 victory to the Roos. Fans that watched that game stated it was a bland showing by both teams that could have went either way, and United missing opportunities to score. The S. Roos have some familiar faces on the squad like Tukie Gildo and Abraham Ahmed Alajji who have added speed and tenacity to the squad.
This game went from a usual playoff game to a controversial one due to one individual on the BDSL forum known as maxpayne0256 (Dave Payne). This person came out of no where and has taken the forum by storm. He has constantly berated Drew and anyone who supports him. His motivation was due to Drew’s constant bashing of other teams post game for years. He is an obscure person which everyone is trying to figure out who it might be. Everyone from former players to disgruntled fans even to the point that someone mentioned it might be Drew himself, no one knows. So why am I mentioning this for a 1st Division quarterfinal game. Well, Dave Payne made a wager, and his wager was if Yemen United were to win this game, Drew would have to apologizes on the forum for his years of so called insolence. And if Sporting Roos were to win this game, Dave Payne will no longer roam the BSDL forum. Such a big wager that goes beyond monetary value. There has been a rumor that Dave Payne will be in attendance to witness this game, although no one will know who he is. This individual will go down in BDSL history, due to the fact he single handedly revived the forum with some posts going 5 pages long including some over 3,000 views. This has been the most interesting BDSL season in a while, and happy to see so many people interested again.
Kick off is on Sunday 28th at 6PM @ Orchard Park Soccer Complex (OPSC). Map Orchard Park SC 1 Come show your support, bring your friends and family along for what should be a great game. (7/27/2012)
P.S. Yemen Elite came in 2nd place during the season and therefore were rewarded a bye this Sunday (No game)