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FC Buffalo
FC Buffalo logo.png
Full name FC Buffalo
Nickname(s) Blitzers, Wolves
Founded 2009; 9 years ago (2009)
Stadium All-High Stadium
Buffalo, New York
Capacity 5,000
Owners Nick Mendola
Scott Frauenhofer
Head Coach Frank Butcher[1]
League National Premier Soccer League
2016 3rd, Midwest Region, Great Lakes East Conference
Website Club website
Current season

FC Buffalo is an American soccer team based in Buffalo, New York, United States. Founded in 2009, the team plays in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), a national amateur league at the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Midwest Division.

The team plays its home games at All-High Stadium. The team's colors are blue, gold and white.

FC Buffalo participates in the Route 5 Derby against Erie Commodores FC, a regional NPSL rivalry featuring two clubs whose stadia are in close proximity to U.S. Route 5. FC Buffalo also participates in the Western New York Derby against Rochester Lancers and the I-90 Derby against Syracuse FC.


Founding and inaugural season

FC Buffalo joined the NPSL as an expansion franchise in 2009 and took part in its first competitive season in 2010. While not a continuation of either franchise, FC Buffalo follows in the footsteps of two other recent Buffalo-based teams that competed in the NPSL: Queen City FC and Buffalo City FC. The team is owned by a group of five Buffalonians: Joshua Batten, Scott Frauenhofer, Donny Kutzbach, Nick Mendola and Ray Siminski.

The club had a contest for fans to submit a nickname and after much debate and thousands of votes cast, "Blitzers" was chosen. The vote was aided by Buffalo native and CNN broadcaster Wolf Blitzer airing an interview with owners Nick Mendola and Scott Frauenhofer discussing the contest.

ESPN correspondent Vincent Thomas commented: "Although the 'Blitzers' nickname has ended up being a pretty deft marketing move, it's more legit than a ploy. The term blitz comes from the German word for lightning, which is all over the team's logo and the city's municipal flag. And, of course, there's a mutual fondness between Blitzer and his hometown."[2]

The Blitzers finished their opening campaign with six wins, two draws and four losses. They were the only team to defeat the Keystone Conference champion FC Sonic.

Subsequent seasons

On Dec 8, 2010, the Blitzers announced they had parted ways with head coach Jim Hesch. Ten days later, they announced via their web site that they had inked Daniel Krzyzanowicz to coach the club into the future. Krzyzanowicz helmed a Medaille College program that has made the NCAA tournament five times and reached the Sweet Sixteen in 2010.

The 2011 season was up-and-down, with the Blitzers winning five, drawing one and losing six. During the season the Blitzers took on the Bedlington Terriers F.C. in a friendly match at All High Stadium in the inaugural Bedlington Cup. Due to the connection of Robert E. Rich, Jr. to Buffalo, NY and Bedlington, England. The friendly was arranged and the Terriers traveled to Buffalo for the match. The Blitzers won 5–1 in front of a sell out crowd.[3] The match was filmed and later made into a BBC documentary called Mr Rich and The Terriers[4]

The team's mascot Wolf Blitzer was unveiled at the Winter Wolves fund raiser. 2012 Season tickets were sold at the event. The unique feature of the 2012 season ticket is that it consists of a special season ticket holder's scarf that will function as admission to the season's home matches.[5][6]

FC Buffalo saw its first player drafted into Major League Soccer on January 17, 2012 when midfielder Krystian Witkowski was claimed in the second round of the supplemental draft by the Philadelphia Union.[7] He was waived by the team later in the season.

On November 20, 2012, FC Buffalo signed its third head coach, Brendan Murphy. The Buffalo native was a national champion as a player at St. Lawrence University and was an invaluable asset to three collegiate programs as an assistant coach.[8] He led the team to a playoff spot in his first season. He'll enter his fifth season in 2017.

The team saw a player drafted into Major League Soccer for the second-consecutive year, as second-leading scorer Mike Reidy was selected 71st overall in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft by Sporting KC.

That happened again in 2017, this time in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, when Liam Callahan went 24th overall to the Colorado Rapids and Russell Cicerone was selected by the Portland Timbers with the 76th pick. Weeks later, head coach Brendan Murphy was hired as goalkeeping coach by the Rochester Rhinos, and FC Buffalo hired University at Buffalo alum and Grand Island High School coach Frank Butcher as manager, tabbing former players John Grabowski and Casey Derkacz as assistants.


The team take inspiration for their colors, royal blue and yellow gold, from the classic Buffalo Sabres uniforms. The badge features a crest with a soccer ball inside a circle of electric flashes under the team name and founding year. The logo is reminiscent of the municipal flag of Buffalo, NY. In 2015, the team returned to a Nike manufactured shirt and introduced three sets of uniforms. One all blue, one all yellow, and one all white. The kits can be mixed and matched on game day to create multiple unique and colorful looks.

The front jersey sponsor is Rich Products, a multinational food production corporation headquartered in Buffalo, New York. Rich's also owns and sponsors the local Triple-A International League baseball team, the Buffalo Bisons. Més Que, Buffalo's premier downtown soccer bar, and Batavia Downs Gaming & Casino are the two other shirt sponsors.

Kit manufacturers

Shirt sponsors

  • 2010: Papa Jake's Saloon
  • 2011–2016: Rich Products
  • 2017: Lif Dental
  • 2018–: Soho Buffalo / Frankie Primo's +39

Players and staff

Current roster

As of 18 May 2018 [2]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Steven Casey
2 Jamaica FW Akean Shackleford
3 United States DF Austin Stout
4 Germany DF Jens Roessler
5 Canada FW Isaiah Wilson
6 Venezuela DF Chris Camilli
7 Trinidad and Tobago MF Keane McIvor
8 Canada MF Jake Cooper
10 Canada FW Bayley Winkel
11 United States MF Sammy Wasson
12 United States GK Jeremy Figler
13 Scotland DF Euan Bauld
14 England MF Mitchell Ali
15 United States DF Robert Williamson
18 United States FW Chris Berardi
19 Scotland DF Lewis White
No. Position Player
22 United States FW Brett Stern
23 United States FW Kendell McFayden
26 Canada DF Devonte Black
27 United States MF Ali Sawish
28 United States DF Chris Walter
33 Germany DF Jean-Philippe Meibohm
- United States MF Gary Boughton
- England FW Charlie Livesey
- United States DF Matt Pickard
- United States GK Noah Smith
- United States MF Nick Szabo
- United States GK Bryce Tramuta
- United States DF Wes Rider
- United States MF Evan Walsh
- United States MF Hunter Walsh


Coaching staff


Year Division League Regular Season W-L-D Playoffs Open Cup
2010 4 NPSL 3rd, Keystone 6–4–2 Did not qualify Did not enter
2011 4 NPSL 5th, Keystone 5–6–1 Did not qualify Did not qualify
2012 4 NPSL 5th, Midwest-Great Lakes 1–7–4 Did not qualify Did not enter
2013 4 NPSL 2nd, Midwest-Great Lakes 8–5–0 Conference Semi-Finals Did not qualify
2014 4 NPSL 4th, Midwest-Great Lakes East 5–8–1 Did not qualify Did not qualify
2015 4 NPSL 5th, Midwest-Great Lakes East 6–2–4 Did not qualify Did not qualify
2016 4 NPSL 3rd, Midwest-Great Lakes East 5–3–2 Did not qualify Did not qualify
2017 4 NPSL 5th, Midwest-East 5–4–3 Did not qualify Did not qualify
2018 4 NPSL 4th, Midwest-East 6–4–2 Did not qualify Did not enter
Total 46–43–19 0–1

Managerial history

Coach Years W-L-D Playoffs
Jim Hesch 2010 6-4-2 DNQ
Dan Krzyzanowicz 2011-12 6-13-5 DNQ
Brendan Murphy 2013-2016 23-17-7 0-1
Frank Butcher 2017- 11-8-5 DNQ
Total 40–39–17


International friendly

  • Lord Bedlington Cup
    • Winners (1): 2011

In inaugural competition, defeated Bedlington Terriers F.C. of England's Northern League, 5 – 1 [9]


  • Supporters of FC Buffalo, Detroit City and AFC Cleveland formed the Rust Belt Derby modeled after the Cascadia Cup. The winner of the Derby is based on the head to head record of the Midwestern Conference clubs during regular season NPSL matches.[10] Cleveland won the inaugural Rust Belt Derby on June 23, 2012 following a 1–1 draw with Detroit.[11]
  • FC Buffalo claim as their top rival Erie and the sides compete in the EC (Erie County) Derby. To Date FC Buffalo have four wins, eight losses and three ties against Erie and is unbeaten in its last five.[12]



  • FC Buffalo's supporters group is known as "The Situation Room"; named after Wolf Blitzer's CNN news program. Their goal is to create an atmosphere that is the loudest and most inclusive of any fan base in the City of Buffalo.

Affiliated Teams

-Bedlington Terriers F.C. -Buffalo Bisons -Jamestown Jammers


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Buffalo soccer team to be named after Wolf Blitzer". ESPN.
  3. ^ http://www.buffalonews.com/city/article472847.ece%7CFC Buffalo tops Bedlington in a friendly soccer match
  4. ^ "Mr Rich and the Terriers". BBC One. BBC. Retrieved December 14, 2012.
  5. ^ http://home.buffalo.com/sports/gallery/fc-buffalos-winters-wolves-at-town-ballroom/%7CFC Buffalo’s Winter’s Wolves at Town Ballroom
  6. ^ http://www.fcbuffalo.org/uncategorized/2012-scarves-hit-streets-weekend/%7C2012 Season Ticket Scarf NOW Available For Online Order
  7. ^ Di Veronica, Jeff (Jan 17, 2012). "Aquinas' Krystian Witkowski drafted by Philly-MLS". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved December 12, 2012.
  8. ^ "MURPHY NAMED HEAD COACH AT FC BUFFALO". National Premier Soccer League. National Premier Soccer League. Retrieved December 12, 2012.
  9. ^ http://www.jaredmobarak.com/2011/06/29/photography-bedlington-cup/
  10. ^ http://www.soccernewsday.com/usa/a/134/the-rust-belt-derby
  11. ^ "The Rust Belt Derby". Soccer News Day. Soccer News Day. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  12. ^ "Seven Minutes from Heaven". FC Buffalo. Retrieved June 26, 2012.

External links

  • Official website
  • FC Buffalo Twitter
  • FC Buffalo 360 You Tube page
  • The Situation Room Official Supporters Site
  • Buffalo soccer team to be named after local hero
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