FC Buffalo

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FC Buffalo
FC Buffalo logo.png
Full name FC Buffalo
Nickname(s) Blitzers, Wolves
Founded 2009
Stadium Demske Sports Complex
Buffalo, New York
Ground Capacity 1,200
Owners Nick Mendola
Scott Frauenhofer
Head Coach Brendan Murphy
League National Premier Soccer League
2014 4th, Great Lakes Conf. (East)
Website Club home page
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 - Great Lakes Conference.

The team plays its home games at Canisius College's Demske Sports Complex. The team's colors are blue, gold and white.


Founding and inaugural season[edit]

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."[1]

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[edit]

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 helms 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.[2] The match was filmed and later made into a BBC documentary called Mr Rich and The Terriers[3]

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.[4][5]

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.[6] 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.[7]

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.


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.

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Players and staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of 14 July 2014 [1]

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

No. Position Player
1 Canada GK Waleed Cassis
2 United States MF Jeff Thomas
3 United States DF Kyle Rogers
4 United States DF Val Doppenberg
5 United States MF Ian Mort
6 United States DF Tyler Allen
7 United States MF Russell Cicerone
8 Canada FW Kristian Lee-Him
9 England FW Luke Elston
10 United States DF Bobby Ross
11 United States MF Chris Berardi
13 United States MF Nico Tagaloa
14 Canada MF Marcus Hanson
16 United States FW Martin Fiemawhle
No. Position Player
18 United States MF Brian Knapp (Captain)
19 United States DF Jake Rinow (Vice-Captain)
20 United States FW Kendall McFayden
21 United States MF Andrew Bednarsky
22 Canada DF Kyle Moraldo
24 Republic of Ireland GK Sean Allen
26 United States DF Mitchell Skrabacz
28 United States MF Chris Walter
29 United States FW Mitch Cancilla
45 United States DF Daniel Hunt
99 United States GK Steven Casey
- United States DF Liam Callahan
- United States MF Sam DeMello
- United States MF Christian Wyatt


Coaching staff
Position Staff
Head Coach United States Brendan Murphy
Assistant Coach United States Bob Roach
Assistant Coach United States Nate Stern

Last updated: June 12, 2014
Source: FC Buffalo

Reserve team[edit]

The FC Buffalo Revs function as the teams reserve side and compete in the Buffalo & District Soccer League's Championship Division. The team is coached by former FC Buffalo player John Grabowski. Due to high turnout during tryouts for the 2013 season a reserve team was fielded for the first time. The Reserve team also competed in the longest running amateur tournament in the US, the Tehel Cup, making it to the round of 16 stage before losing out to BDSL Premier side Celtic United. The Reserve team finished the year with 1W-7L-3D.[8]

The reserve team's home field is the Park School on Harlem Road in Buffalo, New York.


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
Total 25-30-8


International friendly[edit]

  • 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 one win, seven losses and two ties against Erie.[12]



  • FC Buffalo's supporters group is known as "The Situation Room"; named after Wolf Blitzer's CNN news program. TSR resides on the left-hand side of the Demske Sports Complex; their goal is to create an atmosphere that is the loudest and most inclusive of any fan base in the City of Buffalo.


  1. ^ "Buffalo soccer team to be named after Wolf Blitzer". ESPN. 
  2. ^ http://www.buffalonews.com/city/article472847.ece%7CFC Buffalo tops Bedlington in a friendly soccer match
  3. ^ "Mr Rich and the Terriers". BBC One. BBC. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ http://home.buffalo.com/sports/gallery/fc-buffalos-winters-wolves-at-town-ballroom/%7CFC Buffalo’s Winter’s Wolves at Town Ballroom
  5. ^ http://www.fcbuffalo.org/uncategorized/2012-scarves-hit-streets-weekend/%7C2012 Season Ticket Scarf NOW Available For Online Order
  6. ^ Di Veronica, Jeff (Jan 17, 2012). "Aquinas’ Krystian Witkowski drafted by Philly-MLS". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  7. ^ "MURPHY NAMED HEAD COACH AT FC BUFFALO". National Premier Soccer League. National Premier Soccer League. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Reserve Team To Start Play This Spring". FCBuffalo.org. FCBuffalo.org. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  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. 

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