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)