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The full schedule has been announced for FC Buffalo's eighth season in the National Premier Soccer League. The Wolves will play 12 league matches in 2017, home and away against the other six sides in the Midwest Region Great Lakes East Conference. FC Buffalo will play 6 home games, beginning May 20 versus the Dayton Dynamo. Of the home games, three are on Fridays, two o…

It's been two weeks since Frank Butcher was named FC Buffalo's head coach, and the new boss admits he has a lot to learn before the National Premier League Soccer season kicks off in early May. Butcher, the current Grand Island High School coach who's taken his team to two straight sectional titles and trips to the state tournament, spent two years as an assistant coach…

After eight years with the New England Revolution, Buffalo native Bobby Shuttleworth has a new Major League Soccer home. The Revs announced a trade Wednesday evening that sent Shuttleworth to Minnesota United FC in exchange for Femi Hollinger-Janzen, a 23-year-old forward. Shuttleworth, who started 111 matches for New England over the last four years - including six …

FC Buffalo has dug into the local high school coaching ranks for its fourth head coach, choosing Grand Island head man Frank Butcher to assume the role for the 2017 National Premier Soccer League season. Butcher, a North Tonawanda High School and University at Buffalo alumnus, is also the two-time defending Section VI Boys Coach of the Year. He will be flanked by assist…

Rikard Lindqvist was supposed to be an integral part in facilitating the transition between University at Buffalo men's soccer coaches. The Swedish freshman proved to be a building block in his first season in Amherst, playing three different roles in the Bulls' spine and also contributing on the wing. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that Lindqvist, who tied for second …

A Thruway rivalry is alive in the National Premier Soccer League's Midwest Region Eastern Conference, as Syracuse FC officially joined the league on Wednesday. Rochester, Pittsburgh, Dayton, Cleveland and Erie also are represented in the seven-team conference, giving FC Buffalo the most logical set of regional foes since the club was founded in 2010. To be specific, Roc…

New University at Buffalo men's soccer head coach Davie Carmichael has an advantage over most first-time Division I head coaches. He's intimately familiar with the culture he's inheriting after spending the last two years with the Bulls as an assistant, and the Scot has filled out his staff with two fellow holdovers in Matt Brown and Blair Stevenson. In other words, the…

Happy National Signing Day! Feb. 1 marks the first day that prospective college athletes may sign their National Letters of Intent, a binding agreement that ties them to attending a college. Most local college soccer programs take until mid-to-late March to fill out their recruiting classes - especially when it comes to documenting transfers and international signings -…

The University at Buffalo Bulls have settled upon their new head coach, hiring former assistant Davie Carmichael to lead the men's soccer program for the 2017 season. Carmichael succeeds his former boss, Stu Riddle, who was hired Jan. 9 to fill the vacant head coaching role at Northern Kentucky. Matt Brown, also part of Riddle's staff with the Bulls, will become Carmich…

While the ink is still drying on Brendan Murphy's new contract with the Rochester Rhinos, FC Buffalo owners Nick Mendola and Scott Frauenhofer must turn to focus on determining the next head coach for the local National Premier Soccer League club. The next hire will be FC Buffalo's fourth in their seven-year history - Jim Hesch, Dan Krzyzanowicz and Murphy were the firs…

FC Buffalo head coach Brendan Murphy has accepted a new role as goalkeeper coach for the Rochester Rhinos of the United Soccer League, the NPSL club announced Wednesday. The FC Buffalo website now includes full statements from Murphy and assistant coach Bob Roach, which can be read here. Murphy spent four years at the helm of the Wolves, leading the team to a 24-17-7…

Although it's closing in on two years since the Rochester Lancers - an organization that drew some of its talent from the Buffalo area - ceased operations, there's still a bit of a local influence in the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL), the highest level of indoor soccer in the country. The Syracuse Silver Knights represent the closest team to Western New York, and for…

Lockport High School alum Josh Beshaw hasn't been able to catch a break. A torn ACL wiped out his senior season in high school, which shattered high expectations following his selection to the All-Western New York second team as a junior. A torn labrum mired his freshman year at St. Bonaventure, requiring surgery after the campaign. After earning "Most Improved Playe…

On the heels of a record-setting career at the University at Buffalo, attacker Russell Cicerone became the first Big 4 player ever to be chosen in the MLS SuperDraft, going No. 76 overall - the 10th pick of the fourth round - to the Portland Timbers. The four-time All-Mid-American Conference selection, 2015 MAC Player of the Year and second-leading scorer in UB history,…

It's a landmark day for Buffalo-area soccer, as Sweet Home High School alum Liam Callahan became the first Section VI high school product to be selected in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft. The Syracuse captain was taken by the Colorado Rapids with the 24th overall pick - the second selection of the second round. In 2016, the Rapids finished second in the Western Conf…