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)