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.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

UFL Cup October 9 previews

Kaya vs. Diliman: Time to gain some points

October 9, 2012
Rizal Memorial Football Stadium
Kaya hopes to put some distance on Green Archers United when they take on Diliman in the first match of the UFL Tuesday doubleheader.

After a disappointing season opener that ended in a 1-1 draw with Green Archers United, the Kale Alvarez-coached club came back with a convincing 2-0 win over Forza courtesy of two goals by Nate Burkey who incidentally has all three Kaya goals thus far.

Four points in two fixtures is not so bad but Kaya would love to see other players get in on the scoring action in the light of their manpower buildup in the off-season. They hope to gain the full three points available to take the pole position in the Group B standings.

Diliman, on the other hand, figured in a scoreless draw with Forza last Thursday, October 4. Diliman struggled against Forza. No doubt with the firepower shortage following the movement of practically all their mainstays to Division One club Pachanga this season.

In the match against Forza, Diliman suited up only four players who were on their roster last season – Paolo Misa, Keith Mordeno, Francis Liza, and Popoy Clarino. To fill the roster, they added former Pachanga goalkeeper coach and UST player Kim Versales, as well as recent Growling Tigers Marvin Lloyd Barquin and Severino Floresta.

They will be looking to take some points although they hard-pressed against Kaya that has retained ball possession for 56% of their previous games.

Green Archers United vs. Dolphins United: Time to make good on that promise

October 9, 2012
Rizal Memorial Football Stadium

The way Green Archers United sees it they should have won their cup opener against Kaya. In that match, they expertly played the long ball where forwards Tating Pasilan and Jon Melliza blitzed the defenders for many a one-on-one with Saba Sedeghi at goal.

In their second match of Group B in the ongoing UFL Cup, Green Archers will be up against Dolphins United, the Philippine Christian University-based club, that will be making its cup debut. And the Rodolfo Alicante coached club will hope to bring home its first win of the new UFL season.

During the 2011-12 Cup, GAU made a name for itself as a tough defensive team. This cup tournament, they had added some playmaking in the middle with Ayi Nii Aryee (Global) and Sean Saekyul Lee (FEU), who Alicante hopes will be able to feed those crucial final third balls to his strikers.

Dolphins United finished ninth out of the 12 clubs in Division Two (4-9-9) last league campaign. They hung tough in the first half before opponents took them out in the final 45 minutes. Dolphins are led by striker Jerome Cuyos who tallied 12 goals last season that was good for 12th place overall in UFL scoring. 

1 comment:

  1. Sir, Sev Floresta is also from UST. I think he's a member of the '07 champion team with the likes of Yoc Becite and Meliton Pelayo.

    And I believe Mordeno played last year with the Dolphins.

    thanks sir

    my predictions:
    Kaya 2 - Diliman 0
    GAU 3 - Dolphins 1