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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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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…

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International Prep alum Ezana Kahsay, FC Buffalo defender Brian Paredes and former Buffalo State goalkeeper Will Banahene have been selected to represent the National Premier Soccer League's Midwest Region in front of professional scouts at the annual NPSL Player Showcase. The fourth annual event runs from Jan. 13 to 15 in Kissimmee, Fla., where 17 players from each of …

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With only pride left to play for in its final game of the season, FC Buffalo played spoiler against defending NPSL champion AFC Cleveland, beating the Royals 3-1 at All-High Stadium on Friday night. Cleveland needed a win to catapult over Dayton Dynamo FC and into the playoffs for a chance to defend its title, but Buffalo nixed those chances with its two-goal win to fin…

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Hosts Nick Mendola of NBC Sports' ProSoccerTalk and I tackled soccer subjects near and far, as recent FC Buffalo signing Jamie O'Grady joined us by phone to talk about his conversion to forward, his friendship with FC Buffalo veteran Chris Walter and his love for Liverpool FC. [Read details on FC Buffalo's signings so far, including more on O'Grady] In the second half of…

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On the night when FC Buffalo announced a hefty list of signings for summer 2016, three players called in to talk with Nick Mendola and me: Nick Jeffs, a goalkeeper from Louisville; Andres Vega, a winger from St. Francis (PA); Wolves veteran defender Kendell McFayden and head coach Brendan Murphy. [Read a detailed rundown of FC Buffalo's second wave of signings] Listen as…

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Two months after FC Buffalo signed a contingent of promising local youth, the Wolves made a bigger splash Monday with the announcement of 15 more players to their roster. Hartwick College star Jamie O'Grady and St. Bonaventure's Kieran Toland, both from Scotland, headline the attacking talent added to the mix. O'Grady, the reigning Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of …

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Nick Mendola and I break down the Copa America Centenario draw from the United States' perspective, discussing the three other teams in the Yanks' group. Are they in the clutches of the Group of Death? Syracuse Silver Knights goalkeeper Andrew Coughlin, who's also played for Canisius College and FC Buffalo, joins the show 15 minutes in to reflect on his white-hot start to…

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The months of January, February and March are the slowest of the local soccer calendar. College teams enter their spring seasons, FC Buffalo slowly builds its roster and the Buffalo District Soccer League's divisions are established, but one of the first signs of life is the NPSL schedule release. [See FC Buffalo's 2016 season schedule here] If you're a member (or an asp…

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To a small degree, the turf wars have begun between the Rochester River DogZ and FC Buffalo. The NPSL expansion side down the I-90 East signed two former Wolves on Wednesday, confirming the additions of midfielder Luke Pavone and defender Jake Schindler through their Facebook page. Including forward Isaac Kissi and midfielder Tim Crawford, Rochester now has come to agree…

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After signing nine players following the team's first tryout, FC Buffalo was less aggressive in building its roster after the club's second gathering on Friday in Sahlen's Sports Park. Over 40 players -- a mixture of those invited back after the first tryout and an impressive slew of newcomers -- went through passing drills, 8-vs.-8 scrimmages and an hour of full-field 11…

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After being voted into the All-NPSL Supporters XI in summer 2015 after a strong campaign for FC Buffalo, Matthew "Nanu" Ferguson endured a gloomy junior season for the Niagara Purple Eagles. With the miserable 1-16-3 campaign in the past, Ferguson is now presented with a fresh opportunity -- a chance to prove or even redeem himself -- through his invitation to the Nationa…

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FC Buffalo head coach Brendan Murphy joins Ben and Nick Mendola on the "Football Club of Buffalo Show," Episode 7, to discuss the club's tryouts in December and part II approaching on Friday. Listen for a bit of news regarding Troy Brady and Frank Cotroneo, two players who verbally committed to the Wolves but will have to balance playing with the Empire Revolution Develop…

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Western New York Player of the Year Troy Brady left no doubts that he could dominate high school competition, tallying 27 goals and 15 assists in his senior campaign en route to the all-state first team and his second consecutive All-Western New York honor. Skills that separate at the high school level are often less dynamic when matched against better competition, whethe…

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FC Buffalo's nine signings for summer 2016 drew attention last week, but I've had a few readers ask me who the 32 players who took the field at Sahlen's Sports Park were. Here's that list, with as much information as I could dig up on each: The second open tryout is scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. on Jan. 8, when roughly 10 players who couldn't attend the first tryout will s…