Late-season roster additions have traditionally been a boon for FC Buffalo. Sam DeMello injected life into the Wolves' attack in 2014, and striker Ngwese Ebangwese changed the entire complexion of the team when he debuted July 3 of last year against Erie.
This season, FC Buffalo has made four additions before the June 24 roster freeze, bringing on forwards Cameron Harr (Marist), Jared Robinson (Evansville), Daniel Barrie (Wigan B, Fulham B) and John Netter (BDSL's Queenston FC).
Harr should be the most exciting addition for FC Buffalo supporters, as the Marist soon-to-be sophomore earned Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference co-Rookie of the Year and a place on the All-MAAC rookie and second teams after finishing with a team-high eight goals and 16 points. Harr is a college teammate of former FC Buffalo players Dylan MacVane and Kevin Kappock, while Marist's head coach Matt Viggiano was formerly an assistant at Elmira College, where current Wolves assistant Bob Roach played at the time.
A New York Red Bulls Academy product, Harr also fills a position of need, as the Wolves' strikers haven't flourished this season. FC Buffalo head coach Brendan Murphy noted that Harr will make an "instant impact," which suggests that Romario Guscott's grip on the starting role is tenuous at best.
Robinson, a college teammate of FC Buffalo stalwart Ian McGrath, comes from the Columbus Crew Academy and has carved out a role for the Purple Aces in each of his first three years, starting at forward and also appearing as a holding midfielder. Expect him to compete for time up front for FC Buffalo.
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Little is known about Barrie, other than his stints with the second teams of Fulham and Wigan Athletic in England. Useful as a striker or right winger, the 25-year-old has already trained with the Wolves, but his match availability hinges on international clearance.
Netter was FC Buffalo's keeper for a friendly against Genesee Community College in 2015, but this is the first time he's been officially rostered by the Wolves. The Niagara-Wheatfield alum recently earned a place on the BDSL Premier Division Midseason Best XI and serves as insurance as the third keeper behind Nick Jeffs and Steve Casey.
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