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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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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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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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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…

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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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The stage was set for an epic Erie County Derby, the designation for the rivalry between National Premier Soccer League sides FC Buffalo and the Erie Commodores. More than 700 fans rallied on a steamy night at All-High Stadium, anxious to see if the local amateur team could seize control of a playoff spot with just one game to play. There was no better opponent for this…

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For a neutral viewer, FC Buffalo's first meeting with rival Erie this season will be remembered as a serious contender for match of the year - not because it was pretty, but more for its frenzied conclusion. Three goals - two by Erie, one by the Wolves - between the 88th and 94th minutes vaulted Dale White's squad to a dramatic 4-3 win at Edinboro University on May 26. …

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In a match with serious playoff implications, FC Buffalo sparkled. Goals from Troy Brady, Gary Boughton and Keane McIvor, plus a clean sheet from Steve Casey, helped the Wolves to a comprehensive 3-0 win over the Rochester Lancers Friday night at Robert E. Rich All-High Stadium. "Overall, just a real solid game," remarked FC Buffalo head coach Frank Butcher. "[We're]…

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Over the first three weeks of the FC Buffalo season, the Wolves attack was missing something. At first glance, it seemed an unstable crew of forwards was at least partly responsible. Kendell McFayden's suspension for the first game and Akean Shackleford's late arrival from college meant Isaiah Wilson, deployed as a winger at St. Bonaventure, was thrust into major minute…

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Scoreless draws don't have to be bereft of spectacular moments. FC Buffalo goalkeeper Steven Casey made at least four terrific saves - two in each half - to preserve a point for the Wolves against Cleveland SC on Friday night at Robert E. Rich All-High Stadium. FCB now stands at 1-2-1 (W-L-D) on the season, with a road match at 5 p.m. June 3 in Rochester on the horizon.…

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Akean Shackleford waited patiently for his chance. Returning from Indian Hills Community College's graduation on the day of FC Buffalo's first game, the Jamaican striker was deployed as a substitute against Fort Pitt and the Erie Commodores, both losses for the Wolves that put them in "must-win" mode Sunday. In his first start for the club since finishing 2017 with a…