Although it's closing in on two years since the Rochester Lancers - an organization that drew some of its talent from the Buffalo area - ceased operations, there's still a bit of a local influence in the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL), the highest level of indoor soccer in the country. The Syracuse Silver Knights represent the closest team to Western New York, and for…

Lockport High School alum Josh Beshaw hasn't been able to catch a break. A torn ACL wiped out his senior season in high school, which shattered high expectations following his selection to the All-Western New York second team as a junior. A torn labrum mired his freshman year at St. Bonaventure, requiring surgery after the campaign. After earning "Most Improved Playe…

On the heels of a record-setting career at the University at Buffalo, attacker Russell Cicerone became the first Big 4 player ever to be chosen in the MLS SuperDraft, going No. 76 overall - the 10th pick of the fourth round - to the Portland Timbers. The four-time All-Mid-American Conference selection, 2015 MAC Player of the Year and second-leading scorer in UB history,…

It's a landmark day for Buffalo-area soccer, as Sweet Home High School alum Liam Callahan became the first Section VI high school product to be selected in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft. The Syracuse captain was taken by the Colorado Rapids with the 24th overall pick - the second selection of the second round. In 2016, the Rapids finished second in the Western Conf…

The Western New York Flash made it official Monday. The team sold their rights in the National Women's Soccer League moving the franchise to Cary, North Carolina for the 2017 season. The Flash, which debuted in 2009, had its daily operations based in Elma at Sahlen's Sports Park, including the club's youth academy. The team played its matches in Rochester, last year ave…

After leading the University at Buffalo to two straight trips to the Mid-American Conference championship game, head coach Stu Riddle has accepted the same post at Northern Kentucky University, the coach confirmed Sunday night. "It's a sad scenario to have to leave Buffalo," Riddle said, by phone. "Professionally, I thought I could do big things here, but with the resou…

Unlike the NFL and NBA, Major League Soccer doesn't have an abundance of pundits solely dedicated to speculating on the annual college draft. But, as the Jan. 13 MLS SuperDraft approaches, some of the national soccer media's biggest names have released their first predictions. University at Buffalo star Russell Cicerone and Sweet Home High School alumnus Liam Callahan a…

The reigning National Women's Soccer League champion Western New York Flash is in the final stages of being sold to an ownership group from North Carolina, two reputable national sources have reported. FourFourTwo and The Equalizer both broke the news that Steve Malik, owner of newly formed North Carolina FC (formerly the Carolina RailHawks), is close to fulfilling his …

Picking all-star teams, even if it's just from Western New York's Big 4 colleges, is no easy task. Someone is going to get snubbed. By choosing a Rising XI, though, it affords us the chance to recognize the efforts of more players - in this case, those who've either just completed their freshman or sophomore seasons and seem primed for an eventual place on the Best XI. …

To finally put a bow-tie on the college soccer season - it's so short that we might as well draw it out a bit - it's time to release the inaugural BN Soccer awards for the local Big 4 schools: University at Buffalo, Canisius, Niagara and St. Bonaventure. BN Soccer Men's Offensive Player of the Year: Russell Cicerone, University at Buffalo BN Soccer Men's Defensive Pl…

Although none of the Big 4 women's soccer teams experienced much collective success, individual players stood out during the 2016 fall campaign. For posterity's sake, let's run through the Best XI out of Canisius, University at Buffalo, Niagara and St. Bonaventure. BN Soccer Women's Offensive Player of the Year: Carissima Cutrona, University at Buffalo BN Soccer W…

In a move to raise the caliber of its side, FC Buffalo recruited nearly 20 out-of-town players and housed them at Daemen College for the 2016 summer NPSL season. After a campaign in which the Wolves narrowly missed the postseason for the third year in a row, several of these players returned to their collegiate programs, many of them at the NCAA Division I level. Her…

Thirty-seven soccer players had an opportunity Friday to make an impression on FC Buffalo head coach Brendan Murphy and his staff, competing in possession drills, small-sided games and an extended 11-vs.-11 scrimmage at Sahlen's Sports Park. When Murphy first addressed the tryout participants, he was adamant that he would not sign anyone from the day's session, a depart…

The college season may be far in the rear-view mirror, but local college athletes are still bagging postseason honors. Regardless of level, the distinction of All-American - chosen by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) - marks a dynamite achievement. Erie Community College striker Abbey Lombard captured second-team All-America honors for all of N…

In the 2016 season, FC Buffalo housed a record number of out-of-town college players, forcing local talent to truly shine in training for minutes during the NPSL campaign. It wasn't easy for them. Early Buffalo-based signings like Troy Brady, the reigning PrepTalk Player of the Year, as well as Empire Development Academy fullback Frank Cotroneo quickly prioritized their…