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FC Buffalo's coaches and players see it regularly in practice, and the club's fans have witnessed it dozens of times in the middle of the pitch. It was only a matter of time before a header won by 6'4 midfielder Ian McGrath found the back of the net. Off a pretty in-swinging corner from Jack Donaldson in the 55th minute, McGrath engaged contact with FC Indiana's Halid Abo…

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Last week in the Buffalo & District Soccer League premier division, Celtic United, SoHo FC and Queenston all came away with important wins, but the gauntlet continues into Week 6, as the jockeying for playoff position -- or to stave off relegation -- intensifies as we pass the halfway point of the season. *BN Soccer Match of the Week* Clarence (3-2, 5th) at Queenston…

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When something you love is ripped away unexpectedly, self-pity and helplessness can push the mind to dark places. For Isaiah Barrett, an FC Buffalo midfielder and redshirt sophomore at Binghamton University, a completely torn lateral collateral ligament and partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee had him fearing for the worst. The timing was particularly ba…

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Most American 9-year-olds are only familiar with Bayern Munich through FIFA, the video game, or from watching the German soccer powers win the Champions League in 2013 and the Bundesliga the last four years. For Leo Christiano, the son of Mes Que co-owner and Delaware Soccer Club coach Tony Christiano, scoring goals at Bayern's home facility was just another day of soccer…

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PREMIER DIVISION SoHo FC 2, Clarence 1 Quick sum: It was easy to predict this would be a physical match decided by one goal, and it's reasonable to foresee these two meeting again in the first round of the postseason. For the victors, the Pablo Ordonez-to-Ryan Mangano connection produced both goals, giving Ordonez five helpers on the year, good for second in premier. Ty…

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The Rust Belt Derby has continued to be anything but memorable for FC Buffalo, as the Wolves' 0-0 draw against Detroit City FC on Sunday at All-High Stadium allowed Le Rouge to win the two-game series, 2-1 on aggregate, following their win Friday at Keyworth Stadium. It's the fourth consecutive year that DCFC has held the trophy in the supporters-created tournament that n…

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With the Memorial Day weekend break behind us, the Buffalo & District Soccer League's premier division returns with a few critical clashes in Week 5. As the schedule nears its halfway point, teams begin to have a clearer picture of where their seasons are headed: Who's fighting for a first-round bye? Who's jockeying for playoff position? Who's on the outside looking i…

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The vast majority of FC Buffalo players will not play professionally. It's not a knock on the club; it's just reality. So, to play in front of over 5,000 hostile fans will be an unforgettable memory for the Wolves, who visit Detroit City FC for a 7:30 p.m. Rust Belt Derby friendly match June 3 at Keyworth Stadium (3201 Roosevelt St., Hamtramck; no stream). The two teams …

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After a trying two weeks, Johnny McBeth could finally smile. The FC Buffalo defender-midfielder traveled home to Glasgow, Scotland, before the Wolves' match May 21 vs. AFC Cleveland to mourn his grandmother's death, but returned with a goal and relentless defending in his side's 2-1 win over the Erie Commodores Friday night at Robert E. Rich All-High Stadium. "It's a nic…

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The players, coaches, a team nickname and home fields have changed, one thing remains constant when FC Buffalo takes on Erie in a National Premier Soccer League match: the Twitter hashtag #HateErie. Since it started among members of FC Buffalo's supporters group, The Situation Room, in spring 2011, the hashtag has adopted a life of its own. It's shared by local fans, form…

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This week's "Football Club of Buffalo Show" gets listeners updated on FC Buffalo's road match against AFC Cleveland, tackles the approaching soap opera in Manchester, debates whether Barcelona's season is a success and then breaks down the first month of the Buffalo District Soccer League season. All in one hour! [Listen back to last week's episode of the "Football Club o…

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It was the end of an emotionally taxing week for many in the Buffalo District Soccer League, but several matches were barn burners on an entertaining Sunday of soccer. Perhaps the most moving image of the weekend was Soho FC's remembrance of Chris Pepper, who died early last week from cancer, with these No. 7 jerseys. Every match featured a moment of silence in the sev…

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The remembrance of longtime Buffalo District Soccer League player Chris Pepper continues on Sunday, as most teams across the league will pause for a moment of silence in the seventh minute to honor a positive, well-liked man who died last week. Soho FC and BSC Raiders stopped their Tehel Cup match to reflect on Pepper's impact, and even the Buffalo Bandits, for whom Peppe…

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Looking to rebound from last Saturday's 1-0 loss to the Rochester River Dogz, FC Buffalo travels three hours west to take on AFC Cleveland in the Wolves' first road match of 2016 at 7 p.m. May 21 at Independence High School. Finally with a fully stocked roster, FC Buffalo head coach Brendan Murphy will face a different kind of tough decision Saturday; while preparation fo…

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Hearts were heavy and reflection took center stage during BSC Raiders' 4-1 Tehel Cup win over Soho FC on Wednesday night at Niagara University, as the May 16 death of longtime Buffalo District Soccer League veteran Chris Pepper remained at the forefront of many players' minds. Soho FC's Chris Sullivan, a longtime friend and teammate of Pepper, delivered an emotional pre-g…