From the Team Room, Vol. III: Camps, clinics, and getting ready for Erie

Don’t miss the Upstate NY Derby vs. Binghamton on Sunday!!
Military members are free!!

Hey there, Buffalo fans! It’s been a full week since Connor and I have posted, so it’s time for us to give our weekly update. Our week started off pretty level-headed. We tied our road game at Cleveland on Satuday evening, so our energy wasn’t too high nor was it too low the next day.

Most of the guys around the apartments just relaxed and prepare dfor the rest of the week ahead as today is the mark of the another big playoff opportunity for us. We play Erie Commodores once again and as everyone knows … our last meeting against Erie did not go in our favor. This will be a big matchup and 3 points for us, and we want to come back home to our community after topping our most hated rivals.

I’d rather say it won’t be a bloodbath, but then I would be understating the mentality of the game. To say the least, the team will be on the road in a couple hours and there is a high expectation that everyone has their minds in the right place.

In preparation for today, it has been quite a soccer filled week. Not as relaxing as many would like but at least it has been busy with giving back to the community and celebrating new partnerships.

On Monday, Connor and I helped work and were honored to be part of FC Buffalo’s and Big Ditch Brewing Company first every Blue Collar Gala. It was exciting to meet all the sponsors and people who always show up and support FC Buffalo in the stands regardless of the outcome.

We met some of the coaches and staff of Western New York Flash, Season ticket holders, and the owners of Big Ditch who happened to give us a tour of the brewery later that evening. It was very exciting as I have never seen the works of one before.

The rest of the guys helped out with a soccer camp lead by Head Coach Murphy at Park High School. It was a long but very fun week of teaching younger kids how to become better players. It was a great experience to share our passion for the game for up and coming players! The kids’ ages ranged from 7-12 so it was a change of pace for our instructing but they all had a ton of fun which was what really mattered.

Along with the week-long camp, Connor and I ran a club training session Wednesday evening with Tom Matre’s youth team in the city of Tonawanda. All together it’s been a busy but productive week of soccer.

It was nice to once again, get around the Buffalo area. Now it’s time to top off the week and bring home 3 points.

Until next time Buffalo!

Don’t miss the Upstate NY Derby vs. Binghamton on Sunday!!
Military members are free!!

(Above photo of Jabari (left) and Connor courtesy of