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Buffalo's top-level sports organizations bear a responsibility to give back to the community, and the Western New York Flash Academy and FC Buffalo have laid out initiatives to give back. First, the Flash Academy will host Kicking Cancer, a 4-vs.-4 youth tournament at West Seneca Soccer Complex (3747 Seneca St.) on June 24, for boys, and June 25, for girls. Teams, with …

She may be one semester into her college career at Florida State and in the throes of the United Women's Soccer season, but Madisyn Pezzino has now earned national accolades for her record-setting high school career. The Grand Island High School athlete, who shattered the New York State record for goals, was named Gatorade Player of the Year for girls soccer in New York…

It's not an unspoken rule in soccer, but it's often the player fouled in the opposing 18-yard box is the one who takes the ensuing penalty kick. When FC Buffalo's Akean Shackleford was tripped up in the Fort Pitt box in the fifth minute of Saturday's National Premier Soccer League match, many assumed the industrious Jamaican striker would try to convert the chance he cr…

FC Buffalo had to overcome a power failure - literally - in the neighborhood of their home of All-High Stadium. The team did so in a 2-0 win over the Fort Pitt Regiment on Saturday night. Chris Walter and Julien Dragomir had the goals for FC Buffalo, which improved its record to 2-3-2 on the season. FCB passed Cleveland and Syracuse to move into fourth place in the NPSL…

Munich, Germany, might feel like a world away from Buffalo, New York. The former is home to FC Bayern, six-time UEFA Champions League winners and conqueror of the German Bundesliga 27 times, including the last five. Buffalo, on the other hand, has produced only two Major League Soccer players, Eric Dade and Bobby Shuttleworth, and hasn't been the sole home for a profess…

Given its affiliation with German super-club FC Bayern Munich, premier youth organization Global Premier Soccer has the resources and the know-how to connect with fans and prospective players on social media. One example is their GPS Soccer Assassins project, which is run by skills expert Daniel Gildea and boasts more than 385,000 followers on Instagram, that highlights…

Given the scoring chances that FC Buffalo have generated in 2017, it's about time the Wolves were rewarded with an avalanche of goals for their efforts. Unfortunately for expansion side Syracuse, the visitors were thoroughly beaten down on Sunday. For the first time in 2017, FC Buffalo excelled in the final third, depositing a handful of goals in their 5-1 whitewashing …

FC Buffalo's start to 2017 has been far from ideal. Through four matches - including Friday's 4-1 loss to AFC Cleveland - the Wolves (0-2-2) have yet to secure a win, and have scored just two goals in 360 minutes, none by forwards. A home clash against Syracuse FC (1-4), at 2 p.m. Sunday at Robert E. Rich All-High Stadium (2885 Main St.), could be just what FC Buffalo n…

Sometimes it takes an embarrassing scoreline to rally and motivate a soccer team. That's all Western New York Flash head coach Gary Bruce can hope for following his team's 7-0 drubbing against the Long Island Rough Riders on Saturday evening at Niagara University. "I'm going to do something to forget about this game - I don't know what it's going to be - but I'm going t…

Few things will frustrate soccer coaches, players and supporters more than when a team creates scoring chances but cannot, for whatever reason, bury them. Prime opportunities are inexplicably flubbed, point-blank shots manage to find a defender's outstretched leg, and deflections - which fool the goalkeeper - trickle just wide of the post. Sometimes it's a lack of sharp…

After trotting out a skeleton roster for their first two games of the season, FC Buffalo (0-1-1) will have almost a full complement of options for Friday's match versus the Rochester Lancers (1-2). Julien Dragomir has had his International Transfer Certificate approved by the Romanian soccer federation and U.S. Soccer, allowing him to finally represent FC Buffalo. Austi…

Much like the Buffalo & District Soccer League's top flight, the championship division doesn't have a clear favorite - in fact, as many as seven of the 12 teams could be considered reasonable contenders. That's an absurd level of parity. Five teams departed championship after last summer - due to promotion, relegation and folding - one reason this group is hard to p…

Friday night's rivalry match between FC Buffalo and Erie had everything - vicious tackles, scrums after the whistle, a handful of yellow cards, ample trash talk and a few close scoring chances - except for actual goals. The scoreless draw gave FC Buffalo their first point of the National Premier Soccer League season, but coaches and players were left wanting more after …

FC Buffalo were dealt a blow at the tail end of their season-opening loss to Dayton, as Kendell McFayden's broken hand will sideline him indefinitely and leave the Wolves without their first-choice striker heading into Friday's visit to rival Erie (7 p.m., Gannon University). At least two of FC Buffalo's players ineligible for the team's opener due to a lack of internat…

One of the beautiful parts of soccer is how the efforts and selflessness of some players can create glory for others. There are enough cliches to go around about the value of team sports, but witnessing it first hand feels more gratifying for players, coaches and fans. The Western New York Flash's home debut in United Women's Soccer went about as poorly as possible thro…