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New Niagara University men's soccer head coach Bill Boyle joined Ben and Nick Mendola on Episode 9 of the "Football Club of Buffalo Show." Officially announced late last week as the replacement for Eric Barnes, Boyle has a previous head coaching stint at Olivet College in Michigan ('05-'08) and three assistant coaching gigs with Michigan State, Colgate and Albany since 20…

ALL-WESTERN NEW YORK FIRST TEAM Position - Player - School - Class F Marissa Birzon Williamsville East 11 F Sydney Cerza Clarence 12 F Madisyn Pezzino Grand Island 11 M Marcy Barberic Grand Island 11 M Riley Bowers Clarence 11 M Emma Gervase Nardin 11 M Morgan Zlockie Ellicottville 12 D Maya Palmer Williamsville North 10 D Eileen Rath Nardin 1…

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To a small degree, the turf wars have begun between the Rochester River DogZ and FC Buffalo. The NPSL expansion side down the I-90 East signed two former Wolves on Wednesday, confirming the additions of midfielder Luke Pavone and defender Jake Schindler through their Facebook page. Including forward Isaac Kissi and midfielder Tim Crawford, Rochester now has come to agree…

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When she was traded to Western New York from Seattle in exchange for U.S. Soccer legend Abby Wambach, Sydney Leroux was supposed to be the new face of the franchise. Local soccer fans could stomach losing a homegrown star for a fellow national teamer, one dynamic on the field and perhaps just as marketable off the pitch. On Wednesday, the Flash announced a major trade, se…

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The Niagara University men's soccer team has hired former University at Albany assistant Bill Boyle as the Purple Eagles' new head coach, multiple sources confirmed Monday. Boyle has been a Division I assistant coach for the last five seasons -- three with Colgate University under Erik Ronning (20-27-14 record) and two with Albany under Trevor Gorman (14-17-7 record). In …

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After signing nine players following the team's first tryout, FC Buffalo was less aggressive in building its roster after the club's second gathering on Friday in Sahlen's Sports Park. Over 40 players -- a mixture of those invited back after the first tryout and an impressive slew of newcomers -- went through passing drills, 8-vs.-8 scrimmages and an hour of full-field 11…

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After being voted into the All-NPSL Supporters XI in summer 2015 after a strong campaign for FC Buffalo, Matthew "Nanu" Ferguson endured a gloomy junior season for the Niagara Purple Eagles. With the miserable 1-16-3 campaign in the past, Ferguson is now presented with a fresh opportunity -- a chance to prove or even redeem himself -- through his invitation to the Nationa…

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FC Buffalo head coach Brendan Murphy joins Ben and Nick Mendola on the "Football Club of Buffalo Show," Episode 7, to discuss the club's tryouts in December and part II approaching on Friday. Listen for a bit of news regarding Troy Brady and Frank Cotroneo, two players who verbally committed to the Wolves but will have to balance playing with the Empire Revolution Develop…

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Western New York Player of the Year Troy Brady left no doubts that he could dominate high school competition, tallying 27 goals and 15 assists in his senior campaign en route to the all-state first team and his second consecutive All-Western New York honor. Skills that separate at the high school level are often less dynamic when matched against better competition, whethe…

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FC Buffalo's nine signings for summer 2016 drew attention last week, but I've had a few readers ask me who the 32 players who took the field at Sahlen's Sports Park were. Here's that list, with as much information as I could dig up on each: The second open tryout is scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. on Jan. 8, when roughly 10 players who couldn't attend the first tryout will s…

All-WESTERN NEW YORK BOYS SOCCER, 2015 Position - Player - School - Class F Noah Thompson East Aurora 12 F Troy Brady Grand Island 12 F Ali Shawish Lackawanna 12 F Andrew Sakowski Lockport 12 F Parker Shetler Lancaster 12 M Will Bolton Canisius 12 M Donald Minderler St. Joe’s 12 M Ian Harris Williamsville North 12 M Pa Lu I-Prep/Grover 11 M…

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After the first round of tryouts on Monday, FC Buffalo has gotten a jump on its 2016 roster by signing nine players, eight of whom grew up in Western New York. Overall, 34 players auditioned in front of the Wolves' coaching staff and owners in Sahlen's Sports Park, going through warm-ups, rotating in small-sided 8-vs.-8 matches and finishing with an 11-vs.-11 scrimmage in…

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For FC Buffalo's first four years, much of the team's roster was familiar to local soccer fans. Medaille College, University at Buffalo and Canisius College were represented well, and players who returned home from college for the summer also had a chance to stay sharp. The NPSL club didn't boast the budget to house visiting players for the summer, so the owners and coa…

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Instead of bringing you an English Premier League Match of the Week, here's a very EPL-focused podcast with Nick Mendola, guest Joe Prince-Wright of NBC Sports' Pro Soccer Talk and me. Topics include discussion of Arsenal's win over Manchester City, what Leicester City should do in January and Joe's awesome accent. This show aired originally at 5 p.m. Dec. 21 on 91.3 FM …

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In sports, head coaching jobs are usually given and taken away, rarely are they walked away from. But Tuesday, the Western New York Flash announced that coach Aaran Lines had stepped down after seven seasons and three championships, and the National Women's Soccer League club was looking for the second head coach in its history. After winning three titles in three differ…