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Ben Tsujimoto

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I'm Ben. I smiled a little too aggressively for my profile picture. I do digital things for The Buffalo News, live off of Hertel and attended Houghton College.

FC Buffalo were dealt a blow at the tail end of their season-opening loss to Dayton, as Kendell McFayden's broken hand will sideline him indefinitely and leave the Wolves without their first-choice striker heading into Friday's visit to rival Erie (7 p.m., Gannon University). At least two of FC Buffalo's players ineligible for the team's opener due to a lack of internat…

1) BuffaLoveFest, 5:30 to 9 p.m. May 26 at the Buffalo Zoo (300 Parkside Ave.). Tickets are $25 in advance, and include two drink tickets, while admission at the door is $35. 21+ Commentary: The Buffalo Zoo opens its doors for an evening of food trucks, live music and Buffalo-themed craft vendors. The Tommy Z Band, The Alison Pipitone Band and Keith James are the trio o…

One of the beautiful parts of soccer is how the efforts and selflessness of some players can create glory for others. There are enough cliches to go around about the value of team sports, but witnessing it first hand feels more gratifying for players, coaches and fans. The Western New York Flash's home debut in United Women's Soccer went about as poorly as possible thro…

Powerful shots sailed over the crossbar. Scrums in front of the net were ultimately poked away. Breakaways were knocked into the legs of the opposing goalkeeper. Glorious chances were scuffed well over the goal. FC Buffalo's wastefulness in the attacking third proved costly in the Wolves' 1-0 loss to the Dayton Dynamo, spoiling an encouraging defensive effort on Saturda…

Gary Bruce takes discipline seriously, but not the "I'm going to bench you if you make a single mistake" form of discipline. The new Western New York Flash head coach stresses a consistent attitude for his players, a devotion to the practice of doing things right, over and over again. The emphasis manifests itself in the Colorado native's own life. An example: Since Mar…

1) SkyRide Buffalo, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 21, departs from LaSalle Park. Cost is $30 for adults, $20 for youth ages 14-20, $25 for GObike Buffalo members and $100 for VIP passes; all ticket info can be found here. Late registration is $40. Commentary: The annual SkyRide celebrates sustainable transportation, Buffalo's flourishing bike culture and affords participants one…

The two weeks preceding the National Premier Soccer League season is pure chaos for a coaching staff, especially one with a combined zero games of coaching experience at the level. Frank Butcher, Casey Derkacz and John Grabowski, the three-pronged team hired to guide FC Buffalo into a new chapter, are in the thick of the craziness, with the first match of the season com…

The termination of the University at Buffalo men's program was a slap in the face to the local soccer community, but the start of the spring season invites new hope and several opportunities to show that Buffalo does care about the sport. May 20 is a daylong celebration of local soccer, where players, coaches and spectators of any gender and race are welcomed and encour…

With the National Premier Soccer League season kicking off at home May 20 for FC Buffalo, the Wolves will continue their preparation with a scrimmage against a collection of Buffalo & District Soccer League players at 8 p.m. May 15 at Grand Island High School. Aside from a friendly against Empire Development Academy in Rochester last month, Monday's match marks the …

Defending USASA Amateur Cup and Werner Fricker Cup champions Christos FC did the improbable. With only nine healthy players to suit up, the accomplished men's soccer team from Maryland put on a clinic on how to play shorthanded, downing the Buffalo & District Soccer League's Clarence Coyotes, 1-0, at Nichols School Sunday. Hemmed in their end for the majority of …

Maryland-based amateur soccer club Christos FC is the favorite to repeat as Werner Fricker Cup champion, but Buffalo & District Soccer League's Clarence Coyotes have a chance to play spoiler at 2 p.m. Sunday at Nichols School. By defeating Hammers FC of Northern Virginia, 1-0, on April 23, Clarence made history in winning the BDSL's first regional cup game and earne…

The sale of the Western New York Flash's professional franchise to North Carolina raised questions about the future of the organization in Buffalo, but owner Joe Sahlen, president Alex Sahlen and vice president Aaran Lines have forged ahead by continuing to build the Flash's premier youth academy. Within the last three years, the Flash Academy has excelled at placing gi…

1) Joe Nichols, 7 p.m. May 12 in VENU (75 W. Chippewa St.). Tickets range from $27 to $30 and can be purchased here. Commentary: Veteran country star Joe Nichols has been in country music for over two decades, fine-tuning both his sound and live performances along the way. Over time, the baritone has gravitated toward "traditional country," according to Cleveland's S…

FC Buffalo and Niagara University goalkeeper Steve Casey woke up Thursday morning to a message on his phone. "I got a call from my [assistant] coach, Mike Meyer, asking if I wanted to go to Michigan," Casey said. Meyer told Casey he was invited to appear for National Premier Soccer League side AFC Ann Arbor in their Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match against the Professi…

Only four premier division matches were still on after several days of rain, which made several grass fields across the Buffalo unplayable. Surprise results, a deluge of goals and some sterling individual performances marked a noteworthy start to the Buffalo & District Soccer League season. Let's get to the scores and sums: *Clarence Yotes 4, Amherst Sharpshooter…