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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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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 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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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? …

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It was the best preseason in FC Buffalo's decade of existence. Players, staff and a handful of The Situation Room supporters spent eight days in Germany, from May 5-12, visiting Hamburg, Dortmund and Frankfurt for matches, training and to soak in the country's soccer-crazed culture. For the most part, the Wolves won't look back on the Germany trip and remember the re…

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No one really expected FC Buffalo, an amateur club with two training sessions under its belt, to pose a threat to Monarcas Morelia Premier reserves, comprised almost entirely of professionals who've developed through an academy system in Mexico. But Morelia triumphed only 2-0 on Friday at Robert E. Rich All-High Stadium as part of the Neighbor Nations Showcase, icing th…

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On Sunday, FC Buffalo's players, coaches and some fans will depart for Germany, a trip to celebrate the Wolves' decade of existence and commemorate the 40th anniversary of the sister-city relationship between Buffalo and Dortmund, Germany. But first, head coach Frank Butcher will lead a portion of the roster against international visitors Monarcas Morelia Premier, speci…

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The exciting news for FC Buffalo fans keeps flooding in. Just three weeks after they're scheduled to play FC St. Pauli II during the Wolves' 10th-anniversary trek to Germany, the full FC St. Pauli 2.Bundesliga squad will come to Buffalo for a match May 25 at Robert E. Rich All-High Stadium (2885 Main St.). Tickets are $12 for FC Buffalo season-ticket holders and $22 …

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In addition to the club's trip to Germany to celebrate FC Buffalo's 10th anniversary, supporters, former players and the media will also help choose the Best XI from the Wolves' history. Picking a Best XI is difficult for a range of factors, especially in determining a player's value to the club. Is a steady contributor over two or three seasons more valuable than a sta…

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With less than two months until FC Buffalo departs for a special 10th anniversary trip to Germany, the Wolves' brass - owner Nick Mendola, head coach Frank Butcher and assistants Casey Derkacz and John Grabowski - has determined the vast majority of the National Premier Soccer League team's roster. Fan-favorite Akean Shackleford is a key returnee, along with elder state…

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Plenty of fanfare has already surrounded FC Buffalo's 10th anniversary season: a friendly against Liga MX team Monarcas Morelia's reserves leads into the Wolves' trip to Germany, where the club will play at least two exhibition matches. While the international exhibitions and overseas trip is a nice way to commemorate the National Premier Soccer League team's endurance,…

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Just before FC Buffalo embarks on its special 10th anniversary trip to Germany, the Wolves will host a professional international foe for the second time in its history. Monarcas Morelia, which competes in Mexico's top tier, Liga MX, will send its reserves to play FC Buffalo on May 3 at Robert E. Rich All High Stadium (2885 Main St.), which fits nicely in the weekend of…

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The Wolves are about to cross the pond. National Premier Soccer League side FC Buffalo announced Friday that the team will embark on a weeklong preseason trip to Germany - specifically the cities of Dortmund, Frankfurt and Hamburg - from May 5-12, 2019, to mark the club's 10th anniversary. The Wolves plan to play at least two exhibition matches while overseas, agains…