|Full name||FC Buffalo|
|Stadium||Robert E. Rich All-High Stadium
Buffalo, New York
|Owners|| Nick Mendola
|Head Coach||Brendan Murphy|
|League||National Premier Soccer League|
|2013||2nd, Great Lakes Conf.
Playoffs: Conference Semi-Finals
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 Robert E. Rich All-High Stadium. The team's colors are blue, gold and white.
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 six Buffalonians: Joshua Batten, Scott Frauenhofer, Brent Garner, 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."
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. The match was filmed and later made into a BBC documentary called Mr Rich and The Terriers
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.
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. 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 and was an invaluable asset to three collegiate programs as an assistant coach.
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.
Due to high turnout during tryouts for the 2013 season a reserve team was fielded for the first time. The FC Buffalo Reserves compete in Buffalo & District Soccer League’s (BDSL) Championship Division. The Reserve team also competed in the longest running amateur tournament in the US, the Tehel Cup, making it to the Final 16 Round before losing out to Premier side Celtic United. The Reserve team finished the year with 1W-7L-3D and was relegated to the 1st division.
Colors and badge
The team take inspiration for their colors, royal blue and yellow gold, from 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.
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Notable former players
- Daniel Stevens now with Palloseura Kemi Kings
- Krystian Witkowski now with Philadelphia Union
- Kendell McFayden now with Rochester Rhinos
- Josh Faga now with Rochester Rhinos
- Mike Reidy now with Rochester Rhinos
- Tony Mermigas former player for Buffalo Blizzard
- Gary Boughton now with Rochester Lancers (indoor)
|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||8-4-0||Conference Semi-Finals||Did not qualify|
- Lord Bedlington Cup
- Winners (1): 2011
- 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. Cleveland won the inaugural Rust Belt Derby on June 23, 2012 following a 1-1 draw with Detroit.
- FC Buffalo claim as their top rival Erie and the sides compete in the EC (Erie County) Derby. To Date FC Buffalo have six losses and just one tie against Erie.
- Jim Hesch (2009–10; 6W-2D-4L)
- Daniel Krzyzanowicz (2010–12; 7W-5D-13L)
- Brendan Murphy (2012–present; 8W-0D-4L)
The Reserve Team's home field is the Park School on Harlem Road.
- FC Buffalo's supporters group is currently known as "The Situation Room"; named after Wolf Blitzer's CNN news program. TSR currently resides on the left hand side of All High Stadium; their sole purpose is to create an atmosphere that is the loudest, most unique and inclusive of any fan base in the City of Buffalo.
- TSR stands behind FC Buffalo's vision of a truly community based team that all Buffalonians/Western New Yorkers can take pride in.
- "Buffalo soccer team to be named after Wolf Blitzer". ESPN.
- http://www.buffalonews.com/city/article472847.ece%7CFC Buffalo tops Bedlington in a friendly soccer match
- "Mr Rich and the Terriers". BBC One. BBC. Retrieved December 14, 2012.
- http://home.buffalo.com/sports/gallery/fc-buffalos-winters-wolves-at-town-ballroom/%7CFC Buffalo’s Winter’s Wolves at Town Ballroom
- http://www.fcbuffalo.org/uncategorized/2012-scarves-hit-streets-weekend/%7C2012 Season Ticket Scarf NOW Available For Online Order
- Di Veronica, Jeff (Jan 17, 2012). "Aquinas’ Krystian Witkowski drafted by Philly-MLS". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved December 12, 2012.
- "MURPHY NAMED HEAD COACH AT FC BUFFALO". National Premier Soccer League. National Premier Soccer League. Retrieved December 12, 2012.
- "Reserve Team To Start Play This Spring". FCBuffalo.org. FCBuffalo.org. Retrieved April 23, 2013.
- "The Rust Belt Derby". Soccer News Day. Soccer News Day. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
- "Seven Minutes from Heaven". FC Buffalo. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
- Official Site
- FC Buffalo Twitter
- FC Buffalo 360 You Tube page
- The Situation Room Official Supporters Site
- Buffalo soccer team to be named after local hero