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2019 is a difficult season to wrap up for FC Buffalo. There were highs: a 10th anniversary trip to Germany, where the National Premier Soccer League team became the first to play a match in a foreign country, as well as a meaningful friendly against FC St. Pauli, a second-division Bundesliga side who became the highest-profile opponent to play here in at least the last thr…

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The last taste of the Tehel Cup finals was a bitter one for Queenston FC, which fell to FC Yemen in 2015 after winning the amateur men's soccer tournament the year prior. And four years later, those memories still fuel the handful of players remaining from that losing side. Troy Brady and Ross Suitor, two players who felt the sting of that 2015 loss, propelled Queenston…

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The U.S. women’s soccer team’s 2-0 World Cup championship game victory over Netherlands also was a big winner for local Fox affiliate WUTV. The game had a 9.5 local rating on WUTV, slightly below the 10.0 rating the game had in overnight ratings in metered markets. The rating doesn’t include viewers streaming the game or the local viewers who watched on Telemundo or in …

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Sometimes it takes a moment of brilliance from an unexpected source to keep postseason dreams alive. That's what FC Buffalo experienced in Friday's dramatic 2-2 draw against the Erie Commodores at Gannon University. Subbed on in the 90th minute, seldom-used reserve Taner Bay cracked a wonder-strike that froze Erie goalkeeper Chris Ralph and salvaged a road point for the…

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This is another edition of What Is Western New York Watching: The United States women’s soccer team’s 2-1 win over England in the semifinals of the World Cup had a 6.0 rating Tuesday on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate. The rating peaked at an 8.3 at game’s end. To put the rating in perspective, the highest-rated prime-time program Tuesday, “America’s Got Talent,” had a…

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Farouk Majeed needed a left defender. The Journey's End soccer coach peered down his sideline, weighing his options. An older, bigger Eritrean opponent had already scored a second goal, and Majeed didn't want to concede more. From a spectator's standpoint, his options for substitutes were fascinating. Kids who'd escaped war, poverty and oppression in Sudan, Afghanistan …

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The pride of nations will be at stake at LaSalle Park this weekend as the World Refugee Day soccer tournament has announced its accepted teams and structure. Bhutan, Vietnam, Sudan, Somalia and Kenya are among the regions represented, with a diverse team from Journey's End Refugee Services also returning for its second year. Overall, 12 teams - comprising mostly refugee…

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The Buffalo & District Soccer League season has surpassed the halfway mark, and story-lines abound. Few will be surprised to see BSC Raiders and Amherst Sharpshooters at the top of the table, and one of the teams promoted from the championship division - Pendleton United - still win-less. But the first seven weeks of the season have been littered with surprises, wit…

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University at Buffalo women's soccer coach Shawn Burke will be providing analysis of the Women's World Cup for The Buffalo News during the tournament. Burke is entering his sixth season at UB and has led the program to five consecutive Mid-American Conference tournament appearances and was named MAC Coach of the Year in 2014. After two weeks, 36 games and 106 goals, the…

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The U.S. Women’s National Team at the World Cup has some Western New York flair, or should we say Flash. Seven players on the 23-woman roster spent at least some portion of their pro careers with the Western New York Flash before the team was sold to the owners of North Carolina FC and moved in 2017. The group includes Team USA captain and two-time FIFA Player of the…

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It took five exhibition matches and one regular-season game, but FC Buffalo has discovered a style of play that suits their strengths and rattles opponents. The perk? At least seven matches remain for fans to enjoy this entertaining brand of soccer. FC Buffalo welcomed rival Erie to All-High Stadium on Friday and then tormented the Commodores for 90 minutes, handing the…

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The season could have unraveled quickly after FC Buffalo was played off the pitch by Rochester in the season opener. And that would have been a pity, considering the team's hard work in executing a 10th anniversary trip to Germany and scheduling two preseason friendlies against quality international foes. Fortunately for head coach Frank Butcher and his squad, they ran …

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University at Buffalo women's soccer coach Shawn Burke will be providing analysis of the Women's World Cup for The Buffalo News during the tournament. Burke is entering his sixth season at UB and has led the program to five consecutive Mid-American Conference tournament appearances and was named MAC Coach of the Year in 2014. An amazing summer for some of the best socce…

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More than 900 soccer fans piled into All High Stadium on Saturday to see German professional team FC St. Pauli tangle with local amateur club FC Buffalo. When the final whistle blew, the crowd applauded, and it wasn't for the result or a standout individual performance. This was something bigger. First and foremost, the fact that a team in 2.Bundesliga, Germany's sec…

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The FC St. Pauli professional soccer team posed for a picture in front of Trump Tower on Thursday, proudly displaying a rainbow flag to convey a message of tolerance. Why would a 2.Bundesliga squad fly to America - after a grueling domestic campaign - for a two-match expedition, complemented by panel talks, political statements, tourist visits and supporters nights? …