Know Your Blitzers: Bayley Winkel and Andres Vega

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We’re less than two months away from the opening kick of FC Buffalo’s 2016 National Premier Soccer League season, which means you need to know a bit more about your 2016 Wolves.

We’ve still got plenty of player commitments to announce in the coming days and weeks, but we’ve posed some question to our first batch of commits in order to get to know them a bit better.

We start with St. Francis attacker Andres Vega and Robert Morris winger Bayley Winkel.



Andres will be a senior at St. Francis next season, where he made an impact with his fierce dribbling and flair.

What’s your best soccer memory? “Walking around Milan’s soccer field San Siro during a Milan-Bari match during the 2010 season with hundreds of other Latin American players, and meeting the players outside the locker room including Ronaldinho, Nesta, Pato, Dida, Huntelaar, Seedorf and others.”

Who’s is your favorite club player? Retired: Alessandro Del Piero. Current: Isco.

Where did you play before school? One semester at IMG Academy, two years at Club Deportivo Walter Ferreti U-19 (Academy) First Division team in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua.

Favorite food from home: Ceviche.

Hobbies: Music. I play guitar, bass and a little bit of piano and ukulele.

Favorite movie: All Star Wars

Favorite band: Blink-182/Angels and Airwaves

What are you looking forward to about Buffalo? I am looking forward to be able to do my part for the success of my teammates and the team. I am also looking forward to gaining more experience and exposure while building long-lasting connections and relationships.



Bayley will be a junior at Robert Morris last season after transferring from Drexel, and wowed at our December tryout.

What’s your best soccer memory? When I was younger I traveled to many countries (Brazil, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Spain) and played against as well as with many big clubs. I also playeBayley Winkeld for Toronto FC Academy and we competed in the Aegon Cup at FC Ajax. We played teams like Ajax, Tottenham, and Bayern Munich.
Who is your favorite club player? I like to watch and try and emulate the fast, clever players. Obviously no one beats Messi but I like to watch players like Robben, Modric, Douglas Costa, and Neymar as well.
Clubs prior to college:  Ontario Provincial team, Toronto FC academy
Favorite food from home: Spaghetti and meatballs
Hobbies? I’m actually a very good artist and drawer. I draw portraits mostly
Favorite movie: “The Shawshank Redemption”
Favorite band: I like a lot of music. Favourite artist is Drake, but I like bands like Mumford and Sons as well.

What are you looking forward to about Buffalo? The soccer! Looking forward to playing with new players and winning soccer matches.