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For FC Buffalo's first four years, much of the team's roster was familiar to local soccer fans. Medaille College, University at Buffalo and Canisius College were represented well, and players who returned home from college for the summer also had a chance to stay sharp. The NPSL club didn't boast the budget to house visiting players for the summer, so the owners and coa…

Instead of bringing you an English Premier League Match of the Week, here's a very EPL-focused podcast with Nick Mendola, guest Joe Prince-Wright of NBC Sports' Pro Soccer Talk and me. Topics include discussion of Arsenal's win over Manchester City, what Leicester City should do in January and Joe's awesome accent. This show aired originally at 5 p.m. Dec. 21 on 91.3 FM …

In sports, head coaching jobs are usually given and taken away, rarely are they walked away from. But Tuesday, the Western New York Flash announced that coach Aaran Lines had stepped down after seven seasons and three championships, and the National Women's Soccer League club was looking for the second head coach in its history. After winning three titles in three differ…

For the first time, the Western New York Flash will have a new head coaching patrolling its sideline. On Tuesday morning, the team announced that Aaran "Kiwi" Lines has stepped down from his role after seven seasons, which were highlighted by three championship trophies from three different leagues. The former New Zealand international will remain a part of the Flash's ad…

The match: Manchester City (10 wins, two draws, four losses, third place with 32 points) at Arsenal (10-3-3, second place with 33 points) When: 3 p.m. EST Monday, Dec. 21 on NBCSN Where: Emirates Stadium in London, home of the Gunners Last meeting: 2-0 Arsenal, at the Etihad, on Jan. 18, 2015 (Cazorla, Giroud) Why it's a big match: Because it's No. 2 vs. No. 3, that's …

Discussing Leicester City's 2-1 win over defending EPL champions Chelsea was unavoidable for Ben and Nick Mendola, as Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and the rest of the Foxes continue their dream season Leicester's success begs the question, though -- should the Foxes cash-in on their two offensive stars if they limp into Christmas? The next three matches are remarkably tough,…

The match: Chelsea (4 wins, 3 draws, 8 losses, 14th place with 15 points) at Leicester City (9-5-1, first place with 32 points) When: 3 p.m. EST Monday, Dec. 14 on NBCSN Where: King Power Stadium in Leicester Last meeting: 3-1 Chelsea win (Drogba, Terry, Ramires; Albrighton) at King Power on April 29, 2015 Why it's a big match: No, I don't know what the betting line wa…

It's closing in on 15 years since the Buffalo Blizzard went defunct, and professional indoor soccer has become unstable and fragmented since the demise of the National Professional Soccer League. The Rochester Lancers, who debuted in the Major Indoor Soccer League in 2011, reached the division finals twice and drew between 5 and 7 thousand fans per game, ceased operations…

The United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) approved the Buffalo District Soccer League's application for Elite Amateur status on Tuesday, meaning that teams from BDSL's Premier Division are eligible to enter four major tournaments: the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the U.S. Amateur Cup, a U.S. Over-30 Cup and a U.S. Under-23 Cup. If you're unfamiliar with the BDSL, th…

I'm quite a bit behind on posting this -- one of MLS Cup's top players has already signed a deal in Mexico -- but the most recent "Football Club of Buffalo Show" expounds upon the Timbers' 2-1 win over the Columbus Crew. The show aired originally at 5 p.m. Dec. 7 on 91.3 FM WBNY. Guest Drew Maloney, who spent last Sunday in Columbus as a member of the visiting Timbers Arm…

The match: Everton (5 wins, 6 draws, 3 losses, 11th place with 21 points) vs. Crystal Palace (7-1-6, eighth place with 22 points) When: 3 p.m. EST on Monday, Dec. 7 on NBCSN Where: Goodison Park, Liverpool, home of Everton Last meeting: Everton won, 1-0, on a Romelu Lukaku goal on Jan. 31, 2015 Why it's a big match: No, it's not "skip out of work early" big, but it mig…

Liam Callahan's Syracuse Orange and Ezana Kahsay's Akron Zips have both advanced to Kansas City, Kansas, for the Dec. 11 NCAA College Cup semifinals. The Sweet Home High School graduate Callahan assisted on Ben Polk's goal in the 79th minute as Syracuse blanked Boston College, 1-0. The Golden Eagles were the last team to beat the Orange, back on Oct. 30. Watch the highlig…

He doesn't grab national headlines like teammates Richie Laryea and Adam Najem, nor is he a grizzled upperclassman leader like Andrew Souders, Brad Ruhaak and Jake Fenlason, but Ezana Kahsay plays an important role for the Akron Zips men's soccer team. A 2013 graduate of International Prep in Buffalo, the red-shirt freshman is not a starter for the country's No. 5 ranked …

Section VI high school soccer isn't yet a hotbed of talent, but its graduates are making impacts across all NCAA divisions. From two players who remain in the hunt for the College Cup to a whopping 19 #PrepTalkAlums who don the blue and white at Fredonia, these athletes represent Western New York and the products of improving youth soccer in the area. [Read about the…

The most recent episode of the "Football Club of Buffalo Show" features a phone interview with Syracuse men's soccer winger Liam Callahan, reflections on the NPSL's announcement of the Rochester River DogZ and discussion on Major League Soccer's conference championships and Jamie Vardy's historic accomplishment. Here's the recorded segment that aired originally at 5 p.m. …