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On the night when FC Buffalo announced a hefty list of signings for summer 2016, three players called in to talk with Nick Mendola and me: Nick Jeffs, a goalkeeper from Louisville; Andres Vega, a winger from St. Francis (PA); Wolves veteran defender Kendell McFayden and head coach Brendan Murphy. [Read a detailed rundown of FC Buffalo's second wave of signings] Listen as…

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Two months after FC Buffalo signed a contingent of promising local youth, the Wolves made a bigger splash Monday with the announcement of 15 more players to their roster. Hartwick College star Jamie O'Grady and St. Bonaventure's Kieran Toland, both from Scotland, headline the attacking talent added to the mix. O'Grady, the reigning Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of …

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In the summer of 2014, life was cruising along for Chris Pepper. He'd married Stephanie Hall in May, and his two children, Lillian and Gavin, were 1 and 3 years old, respectively. Pepper lived in Clarence and worked for an orthotic and prosthetic company out of the Erie County Medical Center. Beloved for his boundless energy, positivity and selflessness, Pepper had s…

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Nick Mendola and I break down the Copa America Centenario draw from the United States' perspective, discussing the three other teams in the Yanks' group. Are they in the clutches of the Group of Death? Syracuse Silver Knights goalkeeper Andrew Coughlin, who's also played for Canisius College and FC Buffalo, joins the show 15 minutes in to reflect on his white-hot start to…

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Annually on the first Wednesday of February, National Signing Day proves to become a major spectacle for high school student-athletes revealing their college destinations. But that's just the start. The Big 4 Division I colleges, as well as the area's Division III schools, continue to vie for the remaining talent through the end of March and beyond, as paperwork -- like t…

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Paul Riley will become the Western New York Flash's second head coach in its history, the team announced on Friday morning. The Englishman previously coached the New York Fury of the Women's Premier Soccer League, the Philadelphia Independence of Women's Professional Soccer and, most recently, Portland Thorns FC of the National Women's Soccer League. Riley's biggest tie …

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Ah, the potentially unlucky episode No. 13. With Nick Mendola nursing an ailing shoulder and working at ProSoccerTalk, FC Buffalo assistant coach Bob Roach joined BN Soccer in the WBNY studios to review Arsenal's 2-1 win over Leicester and his offseason recruiting duties for the local NPSL club. Mendola called in to the show for the final 20 minutes to preview Tuesday's a…

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The Buffalo District Soccer League (BDSL) has officially announced its five divisions for summer 2016 play. Perhaps the most important division to keep an eye on is Premier, as this 12-team group is most directly impacted by the BDSL's new Elite Amateur status, which essentially allows Buffalo's best men's players to compete, with financial backing, in major regional and …

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University at Buffalo men's soccer head coach Stu Riddle joined Nick Mendola and me to discuss the Bulls' 2016 recruiting class. How will senior transfer Brian Hindle fit in as a center back? What's made Tommy Fogarty-Cameron show so well in training? Other topics include who the co-hosts would choose on their four-a-side team at Buffalo Winter Cup, which has now been mov…

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The University at Buffalo soccer teams have released their 2016 recruiting classes on the men's and women's side. Highlighted by two heralded transfers, the Bulls men's program added five players to deepen the Mid-American Conference runners-up, who return 14 squad players and Ryan Pereira from injury. For the women's side, head coach Shawn Burke welcomes a defensive-lad…

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Start planning, Buffalo soccer fans. FC Buffalo announced its 2016 schedule this morning, and many of the match-ups are enticing. Of the Wolves' seven home games, three fall on Fridays, one on Saturdays and three on Sundays. Season ticket details can be found here. Here's the rundown, with home dates in bold: *May 14: 7 p.m. vs. Rochester River DogZ at Robert E. Rich Al…

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The months of January, February and March are the slowest of the local soccer calendar. College teams enter their spring seasons, FC Buffalo slowly builds its roster and the Buffalo District Soccer League's divisions are established, but one of the first signs of life is the NPSL schedule release. [See FC Buffalo's 2016 season schedule here] If you're a member (or an asp…

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With Nick Mendola fulfilling work duties for NBC Sports ProSoccerTalk on the English Premier League's Deadline Day, fellow FC Buffalo owner Scott Frauenhofer joined BN Soccer to discuss Pep Guardiola's appointment as City's manager for the 2016-17 season and the U.S. Men's National Team. Listen for Frauenhofer's impressive background knowledge on Guardiola, his weighing o…

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Syracuse Silver Knights goalkeeper Andrew Coughlin could not have envisioned a better Major Arena Soccer League debut. After officially signing with Syracuse on Jan. 20, the former Canisius College and FC Buffalo star followed up a 3-2 shootout win over the St. Louis Ambush by thwarting 14 of Baltimore's 16 shots on goal in another 3-2 victory, helping hand the Blast its …

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After grading the major English Premier League powers, Ben and Nick welcome Andy Edwards of NBC Sports' ProSoccerTalk (@AndyEdMLS) to talk about Major League Soccer and the United States Men's National Team. In Edwards' view, what MLS side had the strongest offseason? Is the league itself growing too fast? What major cities are next in line for clubs? Vociferously anti-J…