|Full name||FC Buffalo|
Buffalo, New York
|Head Coach||Frank Butcher|
|League||National Premier Soccer League|
|2016||3rd, Midwest Region, Great Lakes East Conference|
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.
- 1 History
- 2 Kit
- 3 Players and staff
- 4 Year-by-year
- 5 Managerial history
- 6 Honors
- 7 Rivalries
- 8 Stadia
- 9 Fans
- 10 Affiliated Teams
- 11 References
- 12 External links
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."
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.
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. 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 University and was an invaluable asset to three collegiate programs as an assistant coach. 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.
- 2010: Papa Jake's Saloon
- 2011–2016: Rich Products
- 2017: Lif Dental
Players and staff
As of 18 June 2017 
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- 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 Region||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||TBD, Midwest-East||5–4--3||Did not qualify||Did not qualify||Total||40–39–16|
- 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 four wins, eight losses and three ties against Erie and is unbeaten in its last five.
- Robert E. Rich All-High Stadium; Buffalo, New York (2010–2013, 2015 to present)
- Canisius College; Buffalo, New York (2014)
- Hamburg High School; Hamburg, New York (2015 season opener)
- 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.
- "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.
- "The Rust Belt Derby". Soccer News Day. Soccer News Day. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
- "Seven Minutes from Heaven". FC Buffalo. Retrieved June 26, 2012.