Busy week! Plenty of chances to bounce back

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FC Buffalo has plenty of opportunities to get back on track after a disappointing 2-0 loss to Erie ended the Blitzers’ unbeaten start to the season.

With a few exceptions, FCB will split its squad for a pair of mid-week matches before embarking on what’s turned into a crucial Saturday night match at Michigan Stars in Pontiac.

Up ahead:

Wednesday at Greater Binghamton FC, 6 p.m. — The first match of the Upstate NY Derby comes against a very good and in-form Thunder, who were members of FCB’s division in 2012.

The clubs both hold 1-1-1 records in the series, and the two-legged Derby will include college substitutions (once-per-player, per-half) and straight-up goals over two legs (no weighted away goals). If its tied after 180 minutes come July 5 at All-High, the sides will go to penalty kicks.

After winning the Keystone Conference in 2014, the Thunder are 3W-2D-1L in 2015.

THURSDAY *postponed from Tuesday due to lightning* at Rochester Rhinos (Sahlen’s Stadium), 10 a.m.– Your Wolves will get a reunion date with former forward Asani Samuels and the United Soccer League’s Rhinos as a part of “Kid’s Day” in Rochester.

“This week is one of the biggest reasons coaches Murphy and Roach recruited so much quality this season,” said co-owner Nick Mendola. “A lot of players will get the chance to shine over the course of the week, starting with this chance to battle a USL side.”

It’s FCB’s first trip to Rochester since 2012, and the Wolves are 0-3 against the Rhinos all-time.

Saturday at Michigan Stars, 7:30 p.m. — A slightly-later kickoff in Pontiac will see FCB take on the surprise team of the Midwest so far. The Stars have a 2W-1D-2L record this season, having beaten Fort Pitt and Minnesota TwinStars, drawing AFC Cleveland and falling to Erie and Lansing United.

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