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With Nick Mendola's usual hosting duties complicated by England's tardiness in springing forward, guests P.J. Gondek of Fredonia men's soccer and Michael Schieber of the Buffalo District Soccer League helped fill the void. Listen as Gondek details the annual Fredonia futsal tournament that pits several local high school squads against each other. The SUNYAC head coach get…

Steve Pondeca, a 19-year-old freshman on the Niagara University men's soccer team, was arrested on charges of petit larceny on March 8 by the Town of Niagara Police Department. After being held at the Niagara County Sheriffs Office, Pondeca was released early the following morning after meeting $600 bail, according to the Niagara County Sheriffs' app. By New York State …

The Western New York Flash of the National Women's Soccer League released their 27-player preseason roster Monday. Two home scrimmages -- March 19 and April 2 in Sahlen's Sports Park in Elma -- will help new head coach Paul Riley narrow the field; the first roster cut-down, to 25 players, is March 29, according to The Equalizer. Keep an eye on the 11 strikers called into…

Buffalo Sabres center Johan Larsson is surging on the ice, scoring three goals in a span of five games and embracing his role as the team's shutdown center. Off the ice, the 23-year-old Swede is a devoted fan of Manchester United, the English Premier League superpower that has captured a record 20 titles. Larsson tries to wake up early to watch weekend matches on TV -- a …

Hosts Nick Mendola of NBC Sports' ProSoccerTalk and I tackled soccer subjects near and far, as recent FC Buffalo signing Jamie O'Grady joined us by phone to talk about his conversion to forward, his friendship with FC Buffalo veteran Chris Walter and his love for Liverpool FC. [Read details on FC Buffalo's signings so far, including more on O'Grady] In the second half of…

On the night when FC Buffalo announced a hefty list of signings for summer 2016, three players called in to talk with Nick Mendola and me: Nick Jeffs, a goalkeeper from Louisville; Andres Vega, a winger from St. Francis (PA); Wolves veteran defender Kendell McFayden and head coach Brendan Murphy. [Read a detailed rundown of FC Buffalo's second wave of signings] Listen as…

Two months after FC Buffalo signed a contingent of promising local youth, the Wolves made a bigger splash Monday with the announcement of 15 more players to their roster. Hartwick College star Jamie O'Grady and St. Bonaventure's Kieran Toland, both from Scotland, headline the attacking talent added to the mix. O'Grady, the reigning Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of …

In the summer of 2014, life was cruising along for Chris Pepper. He'd married Stephanie Hall in May, and his two children, Lillian and Gavin, were 1 and 3 years old, respectively. Pepper lived in Clarence and worked for an orthotic and prosthetic company out of the Erie County Medical Center. Beloved for his boundless energy, positivity and selflessness, Pepper had s…

Nick Mendola and I break down the Copa America Centenario draw from the United States' perspective, discussing the three other teams in the Yanks' group. Are they in the clutches of the Group of Death? Syracuse Silver Knights goalkeeper Andrew Coughlin, who's also played for Canisius College and FC Buffalo, joins the show 15 minutes in to reflect on his white-hot start to…

Annually on the first Wednesday of February, National Signing Day proves to become a major spectacle for high school student-athletes revealing their college destinations. But that's just the start. The Big 4 Division I colleges, as well as the area's Division III schools, continue to vie for the remaining talent through the end of March and beyond, as paperwork -- like t…

Paul Riley will become the Western New York Flash's second head coach in its history, the team announced on Friday morning. The Englishman previously coached the New York Fury of the Women's Premier Soccer League, the Philadelphia Independence of Women's Professional Soccer and, most recently, Portland Thorns FC of the National Women's Soccer League. Riley's biggest tie …

Ah, the potentially unlucky episode No. 13. With Nick Mendola nursing an ailing shoulder and working at ProSoccerTalk, FC Buffalo assistant coach Bob Roach joined BN Soccer in the WBNY studios to review Arsenal's 2-1 win over Leicester and his offseason recruiting duties for the local NPSL club. Mendola called in to the show for the final 20 minutes to preview Tuesday's a…

The Buffalo District Soccer League (BDSL) has officially announced its five divisions for summer 2016 play. Perhaps the most important division to keep an eye on is Premier, as this 12-team group is most directly impacted by the BDSL's new Elite Amateur status, which essentially allows Buffalo's best men's players to compete, with financial backing, in major regional and …

University at Buffalo men's soccer head coach Stu Riddle joined Nick Mendola and me to discuss the Bulls' 2016 recruiting class. How will senior transfer Brian Hindle fit in as a center back? What's made Tommy Fogarty-Cameron show so well in training? Other topics include who the co-hosts would choose on their four-a-side team at Buffalo Winter Cup, which has now been mov…

The University at Buffalo soccer teams have released their 2016 recruiting classes on the men's and women's side. Highlighted by two heralded transfers, the Bulls men's program added five players to deepen the Mid-American Conference runners-up, who return 14 squad players and Ryan Pereira from injury. For the women's side, head coach Shawn Burke welcomes a defensive-lad…