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FC Buffalo announces preliminary roster for 2017

Through a week-long roll-out on Twitter, local National Premier Soccer League club FC Buffalo announced its preliminary roster for the 2017 season, which begins May 20.

With the roster expected to have a more local bent this season under the new coaching staff of Frank Butcher, Casey Derkacz and John Grabowski, the players announced largely fit that mold.

The amateur side first noted the returns of Chris Walter, whose 51 appearances are the most in club history, and Kendell McFayden, a former Rochester Rhino who's spent at least part of four different seasons with FC Buffalo.

While the Hartwick duo of Jack Donaldson and Johnny McBeth will not return in 2017, fellow Scot Kieran Toland has been welcomed back for his second season, just ahead of his senior campaign at St. Bonaventure.

The roster is subject to change, as NPSL teams are allowed to add players through mid-season, although FC Buffalo intends to field fewer than 30 players this summer, a significant drop from the 40-plus in previous years.

Here's the roster breakdown, by position, then by current/former school, followed by previous number of FCB appearances, if applicable:

GOALKEEPERS:

Steven Casey (Niagara University, Williamsville South; 6)
Cameron Hogg (University at Buffalo; 3)
Jeremy Figler (ex-UB, St. Bonaventure, Grand Island)

University at Buffalo goalie Cameron Hogg will compete for the starting job at FC Buffalo this summer. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)

DEFENDERS:

Chris Walter (ex-Hartwick College, Nichols; 51)
Fox Slotemaker (University at Buffalo; 12)
Brian Paredes (LIU-Brooklyn; 10)
Zach Peterson (LIU-Brooklyn)
Jon Cary (ex-Canisius College)
Jordan Sinclair (University of Mobile)
Frank Cotroneo (Villanova University, Empire DA, Grand Island)

FC Buffalo's Chris Walter leads the team in all-time appearances with 51. (Matt Weinberg/Special to The News)

MIDFIELDERS:

Kieran Toland (St. Bonaventure University; 10)
Bayley Winkel (Robert Morris University; 9)
Isaiah Barrett (Binghamton University, Wilson; 7)
Josh Beshaw (Buffalo State, Lockport; 3)
Braden Scales (ex-University at Buffalo, St. Joe's; 3)
Julien Dragomir (Montana St.-Billings)
David Enstrom (University at Buffalo)
Jake Cooper (Robert Morris University)
Bautista Pedezert (Niagara University)
Hector Solorio Villalpando (Niagara University)
Nick Szabo (Canisius College, Empire DA, Grand Island)

UB's David Enstrom, right, will suit up for FC Buffalo for the first time. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)

FORWARDS:

Kendell McFayden (Medaille College, Williamsville North; 26)
Troy Brady (Canisius College, Grand Island)
Mackenzie Roach (Niagara University)
Dan Barrie (England; 1)

Grand Island alum Troy Brady, recovering from a torn ACL suffered last fall, has been added to FC Buffalo's roster for 2017. (James P. McCoy/Buffalo News file photo)

Of the 25 players announced so far, eight have played more than five matches for FC Buffalo, with five appearing in 10 or more. Ten players are legitimate newcomers, never having trained with the squad (Figler, Brady, Cotroneo have been signed before but did not feature in a match).

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