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Powerful shots sailed over the crossbar. Scrums in front of the net were ultimately poked away. Breakaways were knocked into the legs of the opposing goalkeeper. Glorious chances were scuffed well over the goal. FC Buffalo's wastefulness in the attacking third proved costly in the Wolves' 1-0 loss to the Dayton Dynamo, spoiling an encouraging defensive effort on Saturda…

A new coach and the addition of some younger collegiate stars brings a different look to the FC Buffalo soccer team that will open its 2017 season Saturday night at All High Stadium as part of a doubleheader with the Western New York Flash of United Women's Soccer. Frank Butcher, the coach at Grand Island High who has collegiate coaching experience, is the new head man …

Gary Bruce takes discipline seriously, but not the "I'm going to bench you if you make a single mistake" form of discipline. The new Western New York Flash head coach stresses a consistent attitude for his players, a devotion to the practice of doing things right, over and over again. The emphasis manifests itself in the Colorado native's own life. An example: Since Mar…

The two weeks preceding the National Premier Soccer League season is pure chaos for a coaching staff, especially one with a combined zero games of coaching experience at the level. Frank Butcher, Casey Derkacz and John Grabowski, the three-pronged team hired to guide FC Buffalo into a new chapter, are in the thick of the craziness, with the first match of the season com…

The termination of the University at Buffalo men's program was a slap in the face to the local soccer community, but the start of the spring season invites new hope and several opportunities to show that Buffalo does care about the sport. May 20 is a daylong celebration of local soccer, where players, coaches and spectators of any gender and race are welcomed and encour…

With the National Premier Soccer League season kicking off at home May 20 for FC Buffalo, the Wolves will continue their preparation with a scrimmage against a collection of Buffalo & District Soccer League players at 8 p.m. May 15 at Grand Island High School. Aside from a friendly against Empire Development Academy in Rochester last month, Monday's match marks the …

Defending USASA Amateur Cup and Werner Fricker Cup champions Christos FC did the improbable. With only nine healthy players to suit up, the accomplished men's soccer team from Maryland put on a clinic on how to play shorthanded, downing the Buffalo & District Soccer League's Clarence Coyotes, 1-0, at Nichols School Sunday. Hemmed in their end for the majority of …

Maryland-based amateur soccer club Christos FC is the favorite to repeat as Werner Fricker Cup champion, but Buffalo & District Soccer League's Clarence Coyotes have a chance to play spoiler at 2 p.m. Sunday at Nichols School. By defeating Hammers FC of Northern Virginia, 1-0, on April 23, Clarence made history in winning the BDSL's first regional cup game and earne…

The sale of the Western New York Flash's professional franchise to North Carolina raised questions about the future of the organization in Buffalo, but owner Joe Sahlen, president Alex Sahlen and vice president Aaran Lines have forged ahead by continuing to build the Flash's premier youth academy. Within the last three years, the Flash Academy has excelled at placing gi…

FC Buffalo and Niagara University goalkeeper Steve Casey woke up Thursday morning to a message on his phone. "I got a call from my [assistant] coach, Mike Meyer, asking if I wanted to go to Michigan," Casey said. Meyer told Casey he was invited to appear for National Premier Soccer League side AFC Ann Arbor in their Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match against the Professi…

Only four premier division matches were still on after several days of rain, which made several grass fields across the Buffalo unplayable. Surprise results, a deluge of goals and some sterling individual performances marked a noteworthy start to the Buffalo & District Soccer League season. Let's get to the scores and sums: *Clarence Yotes 4, Amherst Sharpshooter…

The Buffalo & District Soccer League's premier division kicks off the 2017 campaign with only four games on May 7, with two other matches canceled due to flooded fields. The local amateur men's league's top tier will be arguably its strongest and deepest ever, with five teams entering the season as potential title winners. Follow along on Twitter as @OfficialBDSL an…

A memorable match awaits the St. Bonaventure women's soccer team on Monday, as Steve Brdarski's Bonnies will clash with the Puerto Rico women's national team at 7 p.m. at Marra Athletic Complex (3261 W. State Road, Olean) for the program's final spring game. The clash will mark the first time a St. Bonaventure soccer team has hosted an international side. Like all match…

A poised defensive effort and a well-executed goal in the 73rd minute pushed the Clarence Yotes past Hammers FC, 1-0, in the quarterfinals of the Werner Fricker Cup on Sunday in Fairfax, Va. The victory, which propels the Buffalo & District Soccer League side to a semifinal match-up against defending champions Christos FC (Maryland), is the BDSL's first in a regiona…

The Gorges Classic began as a four-team soccer tournament when it was founded by Ibe Jonah in 2013. With nearly 40 teams signed up this year, it has become one of the largest adult soccer competitions on the East Coast. Jonah originally started the event in Niagara Falls but he now directs two annual tournaments, one locally in late spring and another in Ithaca in the f…