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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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. …

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The match: Leicester City (8 wins, 4 draws, 1 loss, 1st place with 28 points) vs. Manchester United (8-3-2, second place with 27 points) When: 12:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 28 on NBC Where: King Power Stadium in Leicester Last meeting: 3-1 United on Jan. 31, 2015, but Leicester shocked United, 5-3, back in September 2014 Why it's a big match: With apologies to Totte…

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Not since 2004 has a Western New York boys high school soccer alumnus won an NCAA Division I National Championship, and that player -- Indiana University's Jordan Chirico, who actually claimed back-to-back titles -- hailed from Section V power Livonia. In 2015, two Section VI alums are still alive in the hunt for the national title, as Syracuse's Liam Callahan (Sweet Home…

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We came back! Nick Mendola of ProSoccerTalk on NBC Sports joins with BN Soccer at 91.3 FM WBNY, which originally aired at 5 p.m. Monday, as it does every week. Chatter revolves around the role of professional managers in light of Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool and Rafa Benitez at Real Madrid, the lopsided result of El Clasico, discussion of the MLS Playoffs, a possible revival…

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One of the best youth soccer players in Western New York history has continued to shine in the college ranks. Syracuse captain Liam Callahan -- a product of Sweet Home High School, Empire United and ODP Region I -- struck a game-winning penalty kick in the Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals against North Carolina and stood out for a defense that conceded just one goa…

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We're happy to post the debut of the Football Club of Buffalo podcast, which first airs at 5 p.m. Mondays on 91.3 FM WBNY, the affiliate station of Buffalo State College. Hosts are Nick Mendola, co-owner of FC Buffalo and writer for ProSoccerTalk at NBC Sports, and me, who says "cool" several times in his first few sentences. Start listening through the embedded SoundClo…

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The result: The Akron Zips, the No. 4-ranked team in the country, won their eighth Mid-American Conference title in the last nine years with a narrow 1-0 victory over upstart University at Buffalo on Sunday at Akron's FirstEnergy Stadium-Cub Cadet Field. With the loss, the Bulls' season ends with a record of 8-7-4 and the title of MAC runners-up. The game was over when: N…

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This week, University at Buffalo head coach Stu Riddle convinced his Bulls that they were destined for the Mid-American Conference final, and his two most dynamic players rose to the occasion in UB's come-from-behind 2-1 overtime win over Western Michigan on Friday at Akron's FirstEnergy Stadium - Cub Cadet Field. Newly minted conference player of the year Russell Ciceron…

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The University at Buffalo men's soccer team faces a fairly unusual scenario: its opponent in the Mid-American Conference Tournament semifinals, Western Michigan, is the same team the Bulls lost to in last Saturday's regular season finale. Needless to say, the foes are familiar, and the pre-match storylines run even deeper. We'll be trekking down to the University of Akron…

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The accolades keep piling up for University at Buffalo midfielder Russell Cicerone. After being selected to the All-Mid-American Conference squad the last two years, the junior has been dubbed the conference's player of the year on Thursday in a vote by MAC coaches. Whether he's sliced up and down the left wing or assumed a free role behind the striker, Cicerone has been…

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Section VI boasts a wealth of student-athletes now competing in NCAA Division I soccer. We may call them #PrepTalkAlumni, but they're the proud products of four areas of development: strong Western New York high school programs, burgeoning elite youth academies, longstanding town travel clubs and the internal drive of these athletes (and in many cases, their parents) to r…

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Facing the dawn of 2018 World Cup Qualifying on Friday, the United States Men's National Team desperately needs a win over St. Vincent & the Grenadines (6:30 p.m., ESPN2) to curb the side's recent struggles. Here's a quick list of what's gone wrong since July 22: *The Yanks lost in the Gold Cup semifinals to Jamaica, failing to reach the final for the first time …