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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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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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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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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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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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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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It's hard enough to stymie one of the region's best amateur clubs 11 vs. 11, but to try it with only nine players is asking the impossible. A 44th-minute red card to BSC Raiders' Ryan Walter and a 68th-minute sending off of Kendell McFayden left the home side down two men, and Phoenix Majors nervously held on for a 2-1 victory in front of roughly 150 fans on a gorgeous Su…

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The BSC Raiders don't always play pretty soccer, but their punishing style is enough to wear down opponents. In the Buffalo District Soccer League club's 1-0 win over Italian-Americans SC on Sunday in Sahlen Sports Park, the Raiders won the physical battle in midfield, tackled decisively on defense and rode a first-half goal from Ryan Walter to a place in the USASA Amateu…

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The contest to decide which city will represent Western New York in the USASA Amateur Cup arrives March 20, as the Buffalo District Soccer League's BSC Raiders take on the Rochester District Soccer League's Italian-Americans SC Bakshi. Here are 10 things to know in advance of the game: 1) Where and when: The game kicks off at 5 p.m. inside Sahlen Sports Park (7070 Seneca…

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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 …