Club names captains from States, Britain

As head coach Jim Hesch sorts through the possibilities of players who could make up his inaugural FC Buffalo roster, he’s isolated two players worthy of a manager’s highest honor. Every solid club has strong leadership, and FC Buffalo will have experienced skippers from both sides of the pond.

Adam Reekie (Kent, England/Canisius College ’05) and Matt Stuczynski (Erie, Penn./University at Buffalo ’06) were named to their posts by Hesch earlier this week.

“It is a definite step in the right direction signing Adam and Matt,” Hesch said. “They will bring the necessary experience and leadership that will help us compete for a championship”

Gunning for the National Premier Soccer League title in an inaugural season will be a challenge embraced by FC Buffalo, and Stuczynski is aiming high for his adopted home of Buffalo. He played four years at UB, leading the Bulls backline to some of its finest campaigns in program history, captaining the club during his senior season.

“I’m definitely excited to join the team and be playing at a high level for the City of Buffalo with Jim Hesch as a coach,” Stuczynski said. “I’ve always had a great experience playing for him and I’m looking forward to doing it again, and getting this team going.”

Reekie has filled the role of captain for Hesch before when the midfielder/defender suited up for Canisius. Reekie spent this season as an assistant coach on Hesch’s staff after two seasons as head coach of Louisburg College’s women’s team.

“It’s a great privilege and hopefully and I can live up to it and roll back the years,” said Reekie. “I’ve played for Jim before and it’s nice when people put you in these sorts of positions. I’m looking forward to it and hopefully we can start something good.”