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Week 2 of the Buffalo & District Soccer League season is strewn with compelling match-ups, with a rising young side tangling with one of the league's elite, and the two combatants from one of the greatest playoff games the BDSL has ever seen jousting again. After a first week that saw some surprise results - at least in reference to our premier division season previ…

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On the dawn of another Buffalo & District Soccer League season, the story lines in the premier division sound eerily similar. BSC Raiders, winners of four of the last five titles, are the team to beat. The squads close behind, BUSS, Amherst Sharpshooters and Lackawanna FCY, continue to shape their roster in an attempt to take down the two-time defending champions. N…

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No one really expected FC Buffalo, an amateur club with two training sessions under its belt, to pose a threat to Monarcas Morelia Premier reserves, comprised almost entirely of professionals who've developed through an academy system in Mexico. But Morelia triumphed only 2-0 on Friday at Robert E. Rich All-High Stadium as part of the Neighbor Nations Showcase, icing th…

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On Sunday, FC Buffalo's players, coaches and some fans will depart for Germany, a trip to celebrate the Wolves' decade of existence and commemorate the 40th anniversary of the sister-city relationship between Buffalo and Dortmund, Germany. But first, head coach Frank Butcher will lead a portion of the roster against international visitors Monarcas Morelia Premier, speci…

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The splintering of top-level club soccer for girls in the United States is a complicated issue, with the Elite Clubs National League and the Girls Development Academy League, a newer league funded by U.S. Soccer, sparring for dominance. Empire United, one of the original clubs invited to participate in the U.S. Soccer Girls DA in 2017, has learned this season will be it…

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Buffalo's amateur soccer history against Maryland-based club Christos FC is not pretty. In 2016, Christos ran FC Yemen off the pitch in the Werner Fricker Cup quarterfinals, 3-0, and then topped the Clarence Coyotes, 1-0, the following year, despite playing with nine men and no substitutes for the duration of the match. After their wild qualifying win over Rochester …

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The exciting news for FC Buffalo fans keeps flooding in. Just three weeks after they're scheduled to play FC St. Pauli II during the Wolves' 10th-anniversary trek to Germany, the full FC St. Pauli 2.Bundesliga squad will come to Buffalo for a match May 25 at Robert E. Rich All-High Stadium (2885 Main St.). Tickets are $12 for FC Buffalo season-ticket holders and $22 …

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In addition to the club's trip to Germany to celebrate FC Buffalo's 10th anniversary, supporters, former players and the media will also help choose the Best XI from the Wolves' history. Picking a Best XI is difficult for a range of factors, especially in determining a player's value to the club. Is a steady contributor over two or three seasons more valuable than a sta…

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BSC Raiders were in an unfamiliar position. With just 10 men on the pitch and trailing by a goal in the waning moments, the Buffalo & District Soccer League's two-time reigning champions looked destined to succumb to Westside of the Rochester & District Soccer League in the play-in game of the USASA Amateur Cup. Two of Raiders' steadiest contributors had other i…

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With less than two months until FC Buffalo departs for a special 10th anniversary trip to Germany, the Wolves' brass - owner Nick Mendola, head coach Frank Butcher and assistants Casey Derkacz and John Grabowski - has determined the vast majority of the National Premier Soccer League team's roster. Fan-favorite Akean Shackleford is a key returnee, along with elder state…

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Buffalo soccer fans will be treated to a St. Patrick's Day special, as the BSC Raiders - winners of both the premier division of the Buffalo & District Soccer League and the Tehel Cup - will host Rochester & District Soccer League squad Westside in a tournament play-in match. The winner of the contest, scheduled for 2 p.m. March 17 at Sparky Adams Field (1299 Pa…

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Even though their search for a head coach stretched deep into the spring season, the Daemen Wildcats' men's soccer team has found its replacement for Bobby McColl. Bediako Swan, a former assistant coach with NCAA Division I St. Francis (Pa.) University and a member of the United Soccer Coaches 30 under 30 education program in 2017, has been hired as the new head coach. M…

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Plenty of fanfare has already surrounded FC Buffalo's 10th anniversary season: a friendly against Liga MX team Monarcas Morelia's reserves leads into the Wolves' trip to Germany, where the club will play at least two exhibition matches. While the international exhibitions and overseas trip is a nice way to commemorate the National Premier Soccer League team's endurance,…

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Just before FC Buffalo embarks on its special 10th anniversary trip to Germany, the Wolves will host a professional international foe for the second time in its history. Monarcas Morelia, which competes in Mexico's top tier, Liga MX, will send its reserves to play FC Buffalo on May 3 at Robert E. Rich All High Stadium (2885 Main St.), which fits nicely in the weekend of…