Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

UFL Saturday Global ousts Pachanga and Kaya smashes Nomads' D

Global FC ousts Pachanga from Cup play
by rick olivares

November 26, 2011
University of Makati

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

With every passing stage of the 2011 UFL Cup, that age old adage applies better to Global FC and serves as a stern warning to the remaining clubs team in the competition.

The defending cup champions entered the Round of 16 as the 15th seed by virtue of the two best third place teams in the group stages qualifying for the knockout stages.

Once there, Global, flashing fine form, defeated second seed Army 3-nil to set up its quarterfinals clash with Pachanga who they ousted in the semifinals of the Smart Club Championship 1-nil.

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Kaya smashes Nomads’ vaunted D to enter cup semis
by rick olivares

November 26, 2011
University of Makati

Heading into their quarterfinals clash, both Kaya and Nomads had their own concerns.

For Kaya, head coach Juan Cutillas was concerned about how his team would come out. In their Round of 16 match against Team Socceroo, Kaya struggled and it took the second half entrance of defender Anton del Rosario and forward Nate Burkey to turn the tide in his team’s favor. Del Rosario, playing the right back position, turned facilitator on offense as he was a prominent fixture in his team’s offense that led to the two goals that eventually put Socceroo away. And in the pre-match friendly banter with Nomads keeper Jeff Blake, del Rosario promised he’d score a goal.

For Nomads head coach Mick Dennison, it was how his team’s vaunted defense would hold up. In their four cup matches thus far, they were only tested by a greatly weakened Pasargad team albeit by not much. Against Kaya, they were sure to have their hands full. 

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