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New University at Buffalo men's soccer head coach Davie Carmichael has an advantage over most first-time Division I head coaches. He's intimately familiar with the culture he's inheriting after spending the last two years with the Bulls as an assistant, and the Scot has filled out his staff with two fellow holdovers in Matt Brown and Blair Stevenson. In other words, the…

Happy National Signing Day! Feb. 1 marks the first day that prospective college athletes may sign their National Letters of Intent, a binding agreement that ties them to attending a college. Most local college soccer programs take until mid-to-late March to fill out their recruiting classes - especially when it comes to documenting transfers and international signings -…

The University at Buffalo Bulls have settled upon their new head coach, hiring former assistant Davie Carmichael to lead the men's soccer program for the 2017 season. Carmichael succeeds his former boss, Stu Riddle, who was hired Jan. 9 to fill the vacant head coaching role at Northern Kentucky. Matt Brown, also part of Riddle's staff with the Bulls, will become Carmich…

While the ink is still drying on Brendan Murphy's new contract with the Rochester Rhinos, FC Buffalo owners Nick Mendola and Scott Frauenhofer must turn to focus on determining the next head coach for the local National Premier Soccer League club. The next hire will be FC Buffalo's fourth in their seven-year history - Jim Hesch, Dan Krzyzanowicz and Murphy were the firs…

FC Buffalo head coach Brendan Murphy has accepted a new role as goalkeeper coach for the Rochester Rhinos of the United Soccer League, the NPSL club announced Wednesday. The FC Buffalo website now includes full statements from Murphy and assistant coach Bob Roach, which can be read here. Murphy spent four years at the helm of the Wolves, leading the team to a 24-17-7…

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 …

The veteran-laden rosters of the University at Buffalo and Canisius men's programs made the Rising XI a strong landing spot for the youngsters responsible for helping Niagara and St. Bonaventure rebuild, so it's not shocking the latter two schools landed seven of the 11 players on the ensuing list. Just like with the women's side, underclassmen selected to the men's Bes…