FC Buffalo missed on the final playoff spot after the Indiana Fire earned a forfeit victory over the Minnesota United Reserves on Tuesday night.
The Fire were scheduled to make up their previously canceled game at the Chicago Fire’s Bridgeview training field Tuesday at 7 p.m. At around 2 p.m., the Fire’s Facebook page posted that the game was canceled.
With the forfeit victory, Indiana gained three points to finish the year at 24 points compared to Buffalo’s 22.
FC Buffalo’s ownership released a statement on its website which in part said, “We’re left extremely dissatisfied by the way our season has ended. We know we’re one of the Top Four teams in our conference, and it’s unfortunate that we will not get to move forward in the postseason. We also recognize that the National Premier Soccer League and its board were left with no alternative other than to progress Indiana Fire, and we wish them the best in our spot. We’re left sick to our stomachs, but we acknowledge the position of the league.
We played the toughest unbalanced schedule of any playoff contender in our conference, but ultimately were unable to accomplish our goal of a national championship.”