The boys are back.
FC Buffalo returns for its eighth season on Saturday, May 20, when the Dayton Dynamo visit Robert E. Rich All-High Stadium for a 7 p.m. tilt.
New manager Frank Butcher and assistants Casey Derkacz and John Grabowski have been busy assembling a roster for the 2017 NPSL season, and we’ll be announcing 2-3 players per weekday over the next few weeks.
Chris Walter (Buffalo, N.Y. / Hartwick College), who swings between midfield and defense, has played more matches than any player in FC Buffalo history. He has 51 appearances with three goals, six assists, and a mild 24 yellow cards. The Hartwick graduate captained the Blitzers last season (Announced: 3/17/17).
Kendell McFayden (Buffalo, N.Y. / Medaille College) sits four appearances behind Jeff Thomas for fifth all-time in FCB history, and has also starred for the Rochester Rhinos during his career. The former D-III All-American forward was named can also play center back, and was named NPSL Player of the Week in 2015 en route to an NPSL Best XI honor at center back (Announced: 3/17/17).
Troy Brady (Grand Island, N.Y. / Canisius College) played for coach Butcher at Grand Island High School, where he was the 2015 WNY Player of the Year. Troy trained with FCB in 2016, and made a quick impact at Canisius College under Dermot McGrane before suffering a season-ending injury (Announced: 3/24/17).
Frank Cotroneo (Grand Island, N.Y. / Villanova) is coming off his freshman season at Villanova, where he was a highly-touted recruit. Frank trained with FCB last summer (Announced: 3/24/17).
Jeremy Figler (Grand Island, N.Y. / St. Bonaventure) was on the FCB roster in 2013, and played for the club in a friendly match against Genesee Community College in 2015. He returns to Buffalo after spending time with the Baltimore Blast, New York Cosmos, Berwick City SC (Australia), and Swedish clubs Nasjo and Savsjo (Announced: 3/24/17).
Nick Szabo (Grand Island, N.Y. / Empire DA) is headed to Canisius College this Fall after a standout career as a defender at Empire. He’s also spent time in the BDSL with Soho FC (Announced: 3/24/17).
Joshuah Beshaw (Lockport, N.Y. / Buffalo State College) — Josh starts his third season with FCB, with injuries having derailed his first two seasons. The quick midfielder played 23 matches for St. Bonaventure, and recently transferred to play for Mark Howlett at Buff State (Announced: 3/22/17).
Jake Cooper (Whitby, Ontario / Robert Morris University) — Has started every match of his first three years at RMU, captaining the Colonials in 2015 and 2016. Jake has four goals and five assists as a box-to-box center midfielder in Moon Township, Penn. (Announced: 3/22/17).
Jordan Sinclair (Glasgow, Scotland / University of Mobile) — In two seasons, the stout defender has gathered plenty of awards at Mobile. Jordan was 2015 NAIA All-American, the 2015 Southern States Athletic Conference Defender of the Year, and was named 2016 First Team All-SSAC despite being limited by injuries to just nine games (Announced: 3/22/17).
Bayley Winkel (Whitby, Ontario / Robert Morris University) — Bayley scored a goal at Indy Eleven NPSL and saw a ton of time under coach Brendan Murphy at FCB last season after two seasons at Hofstra. He followed it up with a fine first season at RMU. A talented winger, Bayley posted a goal and an assist in starting of 16 of 17 matches this Fall (Announced: 3/22/17).
Dan Barrie (Ormskirk, England / Burscough Richmond FC) moved to Buffalo from England in the summer of 2016, joining the squad at the transfer deadline ahead of debuting in FCB’s season finale. He was a part of the Liverpool Academy before moving onto the Wigan Athletic reserves. He has also played for National Conference sides Hyde United and Burscough Richmond. (Announced: 3/22/17).
Jon Cary (Syracuse, N.Y. / Canisius College) comes to FCB having played 72 games for Dermot McGrane at Canisius College, scoring two goals and adding five assists from 2011-14. Nicknamed “Bam”, Jon has been key part of Amherst Sharpshooters in the BDSL (Announced: 3/22/17).
Brian Paredes (Queens, N.Y. / LIU Brooklyn) returns to FCB after playing the second-most minutes of any player for Brendan Murphy in 2016, and can play any position along the back line or in the midfield. Brian has played 26 matches over two years at LIU Brooklyn for coach T.J. Kostecky. (Announced: 3/22/17).
Zach Peterson (West Deptford, N.J. / LIU Brooklyn) played nearly 1500 minutes as a freshman left back at LIU, after a prolific career as an All-South midfielder in New Jersey (Announced: 3/22/17).
We head to Niagara County for our next quartet, all players for head coach Bill Boyle at Niagara University.
Steve Casey (Buffalo, N.Y. / Niagara University) is back for a fourth season with FCB, and the big man comes with momentum. Steve posted five shutouts for NU this season, giving him seven heading into his redshirt junior campaign, and he’s posted a pair of clean sheets during his time at FCB (Announced: 3/22/17).
Bautista Pedezert (Weston, Florida / Niagara University) was the Purple Eagles’ midfield general in 2016, and has been a key part of the side in his first two seasons at Monteagle Ridge. Born in Argentina, “Bauti” has three goals and three assists as a Purple Eagle (Announced: 3/22/17).
Mackenzie Roach (Marysville, Ontario / Niagara University) was named to the 2016 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Rookie Team after leading the Purple Eagles in scoring as a freshman. He posted three goals and two assists, and can play on both sides of the field (Announced: 3/22/17).
Hector Solorio Villalpondo (Kansas City, Missouri / Niagara University) is a versatile product of the Sporting KC Academy, and has played in 32 matches in two seasons at NU (Announced: 3/22/17).
Isaiah Barrett (Lockport, N.Y. / Binghamton University) finally hit the FCB pitch in 2016, playing seven games after an injury robbed fans of their chance to see him in 2015. Isaiah is a versatile midfielder and was named to the All-America East Rookie Team in 2014. A rising redshirt junior, he has played in 38 matches for the Bearcats (Announced: 3/21/17).
Julien Dragomir (Scottsdale, Arizona / MSU Billings) spent four years at Benfica in Portugal before coming back to the U.S., where he finished third in the NJCAA in assists while at Yavapai College. Julien then spent a year in Romania’s Liga 1 with ACS Poli Timișoara before scoring five goals as a junior at UNLV. Most recently, he earned NSCAA All-Region status for coach Alex Balog at MSU Billings, where he scored 12 goals and 4 assists in his lone season (Announced: 3/21/17).
Kieran Toland (Paisley, Scotland / St. Bonaventure University) scored three goals as a mainstay in the FCB lineup last season, and was voted by his teammates as the club’s Best Offensive Player (along with Romario Guscott). “Dr. Jones” again led coach Kwame Oduro’s Bonnies in scoring this year, and has seven goals heading into his senior season (Announced: 3/21/17).
David Enstrom (Stockholm, Sweden / University at Buffalo) is coming off a First Team All-MAC junior season as a center back and holding midfielder for UB. He’s started 53 of his 55 career matches for the Bulls, and will be a senior for head coach Davie Carmichael next season. (Announced: 3/20/17)
Cameron Hogg (Auckland, New Zealand / University at Buffalo) returns to FCB after a season starting with the Rochester RiverDogz. The rising junior has two clean sheets in 12 matches with the Bulls, and shut out Greater Binghamton FC as a member of FCB in the Upstate NY Derby on July 5, 2015 (Announced: 3/20/17).
Braden Scales (Buffalo, N.Y. / University at Buffalo) played for FCB in 2016 and captained his college side as a senior in 2016. Braden scored five goals as a senior and finished his college career with nine goals and six assists in 57 games (Announced: 3/20/17).
Fox Slotemaker (Nelson, New Zealand / University at Buffalo) was named First Team All-Midwest Conference when he scored three goals for FCB in 2015, and was also voted one of the club’s Unsung Hero by his teammates. The rising junior has played 53 matches for UB (Announced: 3/20/17).