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FC Buffalo dropped a 4-3 decision to the Erie Commodores at Sox Harrison Stadium on Saturday. Kendell McFayden, Austin Stodt and Sammy Wasson scored for FC Buffalo, which fell to 0-2. Cam Philpot scored the game-winner for Erie in the 94th minute. FC Buffalo faces Syracuse FC at 4 p.m. Sunday at All High Stadium.

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The National Premier Soccer League season comes at you fast. After a discouraging 2-0 loss in its home opener, FC Buffalo is back on the pitch at 2 p.m. May 26 at Edinboro University against rivals Erie  (1-0) in what's been dubbed the NPSL Game of the Week. Details for the live stream will be announced Saturday morning, while BN Soccer will provide in-person updates…

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It took FC Buffalo 249 minutes of play last season before they scored their first goal. Although head coach Frank Butcher stressed to his team that a slow start could not happen again in 2018, it's exactly what transpired. The Fort Pitt Regiment stormed into Buffalo, took their chances well and departed with a 2-0 victory in front of roughly 400 fans at Robert E. Rich A…

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It was a disappointing start for FC Buffalo which dropped its season and home opener, 2-0, to Fort Pitt Regiment at Robert E. Rich All-High Stadium Friday night. After a scoreless first half, Fort Pitt opened the scoring in the 56th minute when Lucas Godinho made a run off the ball from center mid then got a step on Buffalo’s Robert Williamson before beating goalkeeper …

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Keeping the ball away from your opponent is a sound strategy to winning a soccer match. Foes grow weary of chasing and digging in on defense, often leading to mental lapses or mistakes from fatigue. But ultimately, possession guarantees nothing. Roos FC learned that lesson the hard way, falling 2-0 to Rangers FC on a chilly night at D'Youville College's Dobson Field. De…

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In the unstable climate of men's semi-professional soccer, FC Buffalo's perseverance through eight straight seasons in the National Premier Soccer League is remarkable. AFC Cleveland - the 2016 NPSL champions - folded after a tumultuous 2017. The Fort Pitt Regiment, the Wolves' foe Friday (7 p.m., All-High Stadium, $8), opted to take the 2016 season off to reorganize. …

Can FC Buffalo pick up where it left off last year? The answers start to unfold Friday as the semi-pro men's soccer team opens its National Premier Soccer League at All High Stadium against the Fort Pitt Regimen at 7 p.m. The Frank Butcher-coached Buffalo team ended last season on a 4-1-1 run to post its second straight winning campaign, although the club failed to q…

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Like the first round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, results in the early going of Tehel Cup, the amateur soccer tournament comprising the top three divisions of Buffalo & District Soccer League teams, can be unexpected. Last summer, second division side Great Lakes Africa upset premier's EA FC, while first division's West Side FC eliminated premier's Celtic Unit…

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It was supposed to be a Tehel Cup clash that pitted one of the Buffalo & District Soccer League's elite team defenses against a crop of crafty, up-and-coming standouts. But often, early season mid-week tournament matches just don't turn out as advertised. In the end, BDSL premier side Wolfpack thumped championship division squad Beast City SC, 4-0, rattling off four…

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The 2017 Buffalo & District Soccer League (BDSL) premier division regular season went roughly as planned - with the top four separating themselves from the pack - then the playoffs went haywire. No. 5 seed Soho careened to the finals by nipping Clarence and squashing the top-seeded Sharpshooters, then gave champion BSC Raiders all they could handle in an eventual 4-…

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Buffalo-area soccer players rarely look forward to having a certain referee for a match, but Tom George has been an exception. An air of authority, an intimidating frame and a deep, booming voice make him a strong fit for the job, but his willingness to explain calls, calmly handle combustible situations and hustle to be in position set him a cut above. The 57-year-o…

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Chris Pepper has not been forgotten. The memory of the former Buffalo State College and Buffalo & District Soccer League player lives on partly through the efforts of his former teammates, as the Pepper United 3-vs.-3 Tournament returns for second year. The daylong tournament, which may be split into youth, adult, coed and over-30, depending on registration and i…

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A resilient BSC Raiders side made life difficult for favored FC Motown on Sunday afternoon at Nichols, but the Buffalo & District Soccer League representative ultimately fell short, 2-1, in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur Cup. After knocking home a cross from Tyler Pinho in the 24th minute, FC Motown's Maximiliano Garcia broke a 1-1 deadlock with a bending rig…

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Here's a disclaimer: It's hard to take much away from a scoreless draw involving FC Buffalo, which trotted out only three signed players, a handful of trialists and a slew of alumni, and Daemen College, in the throes of its spring season. The exhibition match, held Friday night in Sweet Home High School, nevertheless whetted the palate for a new season of outdoor soccer…

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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…