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Thanks to what felt like an extraordinarily long winter, competitive soccer matches - youth teams aside - have been few and far between since college soccer ended in early November. After seeing last Sunday's friendly against North Mississauga SC canceled due to inclement weather, local National Premier Soccer League squad FC Buffalo will finally suit up for an exhibiti…

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With a traveling roster of just 14 players facing difficult weather conditions, Lackawanna FCY fell short in the quarterfinals of the Werner Fricker Cup, losing 2-0 to host Vereinigung Erzgebirge on Sunday in Warminster, Pa. V-E broke a scoreless deadlock with a penalty kick in the 65th minute, then added an insurance goal late to advance to the tournament's semifinals.…

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By taking down BUSS in penalty kicks in the Tehel Cup Final last summer, Yemen Elite – now referred to as Lackawanna FCY – earned the right to represent the Buffalo & District Soccer League in the Werner Fricker Open Cup Region I quarterfinals. Faress Saleh's team will pay a visit to Vereinigung Erzgebirge at 2:30 p.m. April 15 at 130 Davisville Road, Warminster, Pa…

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Kendell McFayden and Kyle Rogers scored on either side of halftime as the BSC Raiders took down TFC Gunners, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon in Virginia in the first round of the U.S. Region I Amateur Cup. Qualifying for the tournament as a result of their Buffalo & District Soccer League premier division crown from last summer, Rocky Palmeiro and Raiders were the second s…

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Reigning Buffalo & District Soccer League Premier Division champion BSC Raiders will hit the road for an April 8 match against TFC Gunners in the first round of the Region I U.S. Amateur Cup. The match kicks off at 1 p.m. from Robinson Secondary High School (5035 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, Va.). As usual, we'll do our best to forward along updates via BN Soccer's Twitt…

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The Western New York Flash's amateur United Women's Soccer team is perched atop the club's pyramid, acting as the springboard for Flash Academy graduates (and soon-to-be graduates) to remain sharp for their coming college seasons or to catch the eyes of college and professional scouts. After the sale of the National Women's Soccer League franchise to North Carolina 14 m…

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Although the release came three weeks later than last year, the summer schedule for FC Buffalo has now been unveiled to the soccer community. In addition to the three exhibition games the Wolves announced last week, FC Buffalo will play 12 regular-season games - six at home, six on the road - with additional playoff matches following July 10, should the team qualify. …

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Summer soccer approaches rapidly for one of the biggest men's amateur leagues in the Northeast, as the 81-team Buffalo & District Soccer League (BDSL) has unveiled its structure for summer 2018. The league is split into six divisions - premier, championship, first, second, third and over-35 - and teams play 11 regular-season matches on Sundays at fields throughout W…

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It's schedule release season for the Buffalo soccer community, as the home and away dates are set for WNY Flash head coach Matt Waddington's first season at the helm, and local amateur men's side FC Buffalo has committed three matches to its calendar. The Flash, which enters its second season in amateur league United Women's Soccer, will play home contests at Dobson Fie…

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FC Buffalo's season may still be two months away, but there's good news to announce for the club. Striker Akean Shackleford, a productive force on the pitch and a fan-favorite off it, will return to the National Premier Soccer League club for summer 2018, he announced on Twitter. Shackleford, a native of Jamaica who just completed his second season at Indian Hill…

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The next steps in the athletic careers of several Western New York student-athletes have been established, with National Signing Day, Feb. 7, prompting a slew of announcements that have trickled out ever since. By no means is the following list comprehensive or complete, as many All-WNY selections and lauded premier club players have yet to decide between several outsta…

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A former University at Buffalo soccer star from North Tonawanda pleaded guilty this week in federal court in New Jersey to submitting phony insurance claims for medically unnecessary prescriptions, defrauding benefit programs to the tune of $45 million. Steven M. Butcher, 39, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit health care fraud and violating an anti-kickback law, th…

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Matt Waddington's summer just got a lot busier. The local coach at the club and high school levels has been named the new head coach for the Western New York Flash's United Women's Soccer team for the 2018 season, the club announced in a release Friday. Waddington takes the mantle from Gary Bruce, who directed WNY through its first season in the UWS. Bruce is expecte…

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Update, Feb. 16: South Buffalo Development spokesperson Phil Pantano issued the following statement in regard to some of the claims made Saturday by M/ilesports owner Mike Damico: “While we appreciate the enthusiasm our prospective tenant has for the many positive attributes of the site, any public comments made in regard to development beyond the proposed athletic fac…

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Add another name to the list of FC Buffalo alumni who've gone on to sign professional contracts. Midfielder Ian McGrath, a box-to-box stalwart for the Wolves in 2016, has agreed to a deal with new United Soccer League club Nashville SC, the team announced Friday morning. https://twitter.com/e_017/status/962012962213920770 McGrath, who wrapped up his college career…