Due to record tryout turnout and strong interest from talent, FC Buffalo is proud to announce a reserve team that will compete in the Buffalo & District Soccer League’s (BDSL) Championship Division this May.
The Championship Division is the second-highest division in the area, underneath BDSL Premier and above four other divisions. Teams that win the Championship Division are promoted to Premier, while teams that finish in last are relegated to BDSL 1st Division. FC Buffalo Reserves will also compete in the Tehel Cup, the oldest running amateur Cup competition in the United States.
“Coach (Brendan) Murphy and his assistants were extremely impressed with the depth of player talent that arrived to Sahlen’s Sports Park this winter,” said FC Buffalo general manager Nick Mendola. “That planted the seed of a reserve team that would prepare the talent to take the next step to the National Premier Soccer League and provide first-class training to players preparing for their Fall seasons as well.”
The Reserve Team will serve as a preparatory jump-off for players to learn Coach Murphy’s system from their head coach should they be needed to make a First Team appearance in the future.
The head coach of the FC Buffalo Reserves is longtime area coach Hector Vasquez, a Guatemala native who has been leading teams in the United States since 1987.
“We are unbelievably fortunate to have Hector Vasquez coaching our reserve team,” Murphy said. “Hector is a great friend and a passionate coach who loves teaching this game and developing players.”
Vasquez coached in the US Olympic Development Program from 1987-1991 and established an Express program that won two New York State championships. He coached Holy Angels Academy girls soccer from 1989-2001, where he lead the team to a Monsignor Martin League championship. From 2004-2008, he lead the women’s program at Daemen College to its first playoff berth.
“Having Hector as the coach for our reserve team means that we will have a
true pipeline to develop players for the future,” Murphy said. “I am grateful to Hector
for his contributions to my soccer career as a player and his support of
me as a coach. I know he will do great things for this program and anyone
who plays for him.”
The roster, schedule and field for the reserves will be announced next week, but the commits come from Division I schools down to junior college talent. Schools confirmed to be represented on the team are Manhattan College, St. Francis University, Fredonia State, St. John Fisher College, Erie Community College and Niagara County Community College.
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