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National Premier Soccer League club FC Buffalo proved once again that it can be part of a path to the professional ranks, as Wolves attacking center midfielder Keane McIvor has signed a contract with Swedish second division club Gottne IF.. "It’s a great feeling to actually get started with something [I’ve] always wanted to do," McIvor said in a message. "Division 2 is …

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Finally, there's movement in the Rochester's hiatus from professional soccer. If all goes as planned, the Rochester Rhinos men's soccer team will take part in the 2020 United Soccer League Division 3 season. Owners David and Wendy Dworkin announced Wednesday, via the club website, that the Rhinos have been approved by the United Soccer League to join the new third tier …

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A tournament match last July had both immediate and longterm effects on the Buffalo & District Soccer League. The upstart Williamsville Willies, a Championship Division team then, upset Premier side BSC Raiders in the Tehel Cup's Round of 16, a "shock the world" result that hinted at a changing of the guard in the BDSL, a sign young players were beginning to take the m…

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There's been no Cinderella run in the Buffalo & District Soccer League's playoffs for the Premier and Championship divisions. The top two seeds in each held serve last Sunday, with all four of the victors registering clean sheets. The most nervy of the semifinals was BSC International's overtime win over feisty Niagara FC, as it took an overtime brace from Buffalo S…

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Only four teams remain in contention in the Buffalo & District Soccer League's premier division playoffs, and just two of them were projected to make it this far. Sunday's semifinal match-ups for the league's top tier are staggered so you can watch both live, if you're that devoted to men's amateur soccer in Buffalo. Here's the rundown for each game. No. 1 seed BSC…

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The familiar refrain the last few Buffalo & District Soccer League seasons is that if BSC Raiders have a full allotment of players at a given match, they're going to win. And, considering Raiders haven't suffered a league or Tehel Cup defeat since a 2-0 forfeit loss to Clarence more than a year ago, attendance hasn't been too much of a problem. Behind two goals f…

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About a year ago, BSC Raiders and BUSS competed in a match that's gone down in Buffalo & District Soccer League lore. The BDSL semifinal clash offered a bit of everything - a blown 3-0 lead, two red cards, two overtimes and seven goals in total. Raiders ultimately triumphed en route to their premier division title, but the pace of the match was frenetic, the talent …

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On a team laden with proficient attackers - Kyle Clifford, Hunter Walsh and Hunter Sherman, to name a few - Buffalo United Soccer Stars (BUSS) turned to an unheralded newcomer for its decisive overtime goal in the 4-2 Tehel Cup semifinal win over East Aurora FC on Thursday at D'Youville College. In the first minute of overtime, BUSS midfielder Mo Musse caught the East A…

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Mark Howlett had built a dynasty of sorts at Buffalo State College, leading the men's soccer team to new heights over the course of his five years as head coach. The Englishman had already claimed two SUNYAC Coach of the Year honors, with his staff earning Regional Staff of the Year in 2017 after the Bengals made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1984. Bengal…

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By Andrew Das and Victor Mather MOSCOW – France's first goal came off a Croatian’s head. The second was scored with the aid of the Argentine referee, and became the first video-assistant-reviewed goal in World Cup history. But the next two – hard low shots by young French stars Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe – confirmed what everyone knew even before France polished of…

Elin Eklund's second-half goal gave the Rochester Lady Lancers a 2-1 victory over the Western New York Saturday evening and eliminated the Flash from playoff qualification in United Women's Soccer. Carisima Cutrona (University at Buffalo) scored in the 11th minute for the Flash on a feed from Jenna Raepple (Grand Island) a minute after Carolina Kopp had scored for Rochest…

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It's not as simple as "win and you're in," but there's never been a more meaningful game in the short United Women's Soccer history of the Western New York Flash. At 6 p.m. July 14 at D'Youville College's Dobson Field, the Flash (5-4) will take on the Rochester Lancers in the regular season finale, with a clouded playoff picture desperate to be cleared up. A win won'…

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Canisius men's soccer coach Dermot McGrane will be serving as a guest correspondent for The Buffalo News during the World Cup. A two-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, McGrane has been at Canisius since 2011 after nine years as coach at Niagara. McGrane is originally from Leicester, England, and has been coaching at U.S. colleges since 1995.  Fit…

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For a Tehel Cup quarterfinal match between two of the top sides in the Buffalo & District Soccer League's premier division, the result was surprisingly lopsided. BSC Raiders' Kendell McFayden scored once and added two assists in his team's 3-0 blanking of the Amherst Sharpshooters on Thursday at Sparky Adams Field in Kenmore. John Grabowski and Chris Walter were on …

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How can you explain a 0-3 record at home when the same team has won all five of its road games? In sports at large, home field is almost universally an advantage - ask Russia at the World Cup - but the Western New York Flash, in a surprising 2-1 loss to the Connecticut Fusion on Saturday at D'Youville College, didn't look like a team tied for first place in the United W…