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Over the last 20 years, premier youth clubs have changed the landscape of Buffalo soccer. Long gone are the days of Buffalo Premier and Germania, both important at times when AAU basketball and Pee Wee football still had their clutches around youth sports, yet also predecessors to a what's currently a robust, fiercely competitive environment. Welcome to 2017, where prem…

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…

As the Buffalo & District Soccer League has expanded in size, it's also gotten younger. New sides Grand Island FC and Crusaders FC (Canisius) pull largely from their respective high school programs, while recent entrants Pendleton United boasts several players from Starpoint and the Williamsville Willies draw primarily from Williamsville North. There are several mor…

Sharpness, fitness and attacking instincts. The RiverDogz Reserves boasted all of these traits, while the Buffalo & District Soccer League's Amherst Sharpshooters fell short in all three categories in a decisive 4-0 loss to the Rochester foes in the play-in round of the USASA Amateur Cup.. Rochester's William Stone potted two first-half goals for a 2-0 lead at the b…

Call it the Tussle in the Tundra, or maybe the Haggle on Hoth. Regardless of the chilling title, Sunday's 2 p.m. outdoor play-in match to represent Western New York Soccer Association in the USASA Amateur Cup promises to be quite the spectacle. Sharpshooters, representing the Buffalo & District Soccer League, will travel to Roberts Wesleyan College (2301 Westside Dr…

2016 was a tough year for many in the Buffalo & District Soccer League, as the death of longtime Celtic player Chris Pepper to melanoma cast a cloud over the season. The memory of the Buffalo State alum and Clarence resident was cherished in several ways throughout last season - from SoHo FC (a collection of former Celtic players) donning No. 7 Pepper jerseys to a n…

For the second straight year, Buffalo & District Soccer League champions will have a chance to represent the league in national amateur tournaments, with premier division winners Sharpshooters poised to face the Rochester River Dogz Reserves at 2 p.m. March 19 at East High School (1801 E. Main St., Rochester) for a spot in the USASA Amateur Cup quarterfinals. Tehel …

It's been roughly two months since the Sahlen family sold National Women's Soccer League franchise rights to North Carolina, temporarily leaving Western New York devoid of a top-flight women's soccer team. The WNY Flash organization announced Tuesday that it will field a semi-professional team in United Women's Soccer in 2017. WNY will play its home games at a stadium i…

With a record 74 teams participating in the Buffalo & District Soccer League, interest in the local amateur men's soccer league has never been higher. And yes, it's a little crazy that an amateur men's soccer league would have a "Signing Day." Player registration opened for the season on Feb. 20 and - through announcements on Twitter - several difference-makers foun…

The full schedule has been announced for FC Buffalo's eighth season in the National Premier Soccer League. The Wolves will play 12 league matches in 2017, home and away against the other six sides in the Midwest Region Great Lakes East Conference. FC Buffalo will play 6 home games, beginning May 20 versus the Dayton Dynamo. Of the home games, three are on Fridays, two o…

It's been two weeks since Frank Butcher was named FC Buffalo's head coach, and the new boss admits he has a lot to learn before the National Premier League Soccer season kicks off in early May. Butcher, the current Grand Island High School coach who's taken his team to two straight sectional titles and trips to the state tournament, spent two years as an assistant coach…

After eight years with the New England Revolution, Buffalo native Bobby Shuttleworth has a new Major League Soccer home. The Revs announced a trade Wednesday evening that sent Shuttleworth to Minnesota United FC in exchange for Femi Hollinger-Janzen, a 23-year-old forward. Shuttleworth, who started 111 matches for New England over the last four years - including six …

FC Buffalo has dug into the local high school coaching ranks for its fourth head coach, choosing Grand Island head man Frank Butcher to assume the role for the 2017 National Premier Soccer League season. Butcher, a North Tonawanda High School and University at Buffalo alumnus, is also the two-time defending Section VI Boys Coach of the Year. He will be flanked by assist…

Rikard Lindqvist was supposed to be an integral part in facilitating the transition between University at Buffalo men's soccer coaches. The Swedish freshman proved to be a building block in his first season in Amherst, playing three different roles in the Bulls' spine and also contributing on the wing. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that Lindqvist, who tied for second …

A Thruway rivalry is alive in the National Premier Soccer League's Midwest Region Eastern Conference, as Syracuse FC officially joined the league on Wednesday. Rochester, Pittsburgh, Dayton, Cleveland and Erie also are represented in the seven-team conference, giving FC Buffalo the most logical set of regional foes since the club was founded in 2010. To be specific, Roc…