Murphy adds dozen more to 2016 roster

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FC Buffalo head coach Brendan Murphy announced the addition of 12 players to the 2016 NPSL roster on Monday.

The group of players features players from school across the country and world, and includes players from nine schools.

“We’re really excited at the group Coach Murphy has built and will be second-to-none by the time our entire roster arrives in Buffalo,” said FCB general manager. “Given the rigors of scheduling and the various academic calendars around the NCAA, we believe we have tremendous depth for anything that could happen across our schedule.”

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Sam Byles (Southampton Solent / London, England)

— Earned 11 caps between England U16 & U17 teams. Former Arsenal reserve player who spent 11 years in the Gunners’ Academy.

Alex Dimitriu (Niagara University / Scarborough, Canada)

— Led NU in scoring as freshman with 6 goals, 14 points.

Donaldson (right) with FCB teammate O'Grady (far left)
Donaldson (right) with FCB teammate O’Grady (far left)

Jack Donaldson (Hartwick College / Paisley, Scotland)

— All-Sun Belt Conference Second Team (right) had 2 goals, 2 assists as junior.

Justin Figler (Daemen College / Grand Island, N.Y.)

— Started every game, making 88 saves as freshman for D-II Wildcats.

Anthony Gaglianese (St. Bonaventure University / Fairport, N.Y.)

— Goal, assist in 16 games as freshman for head coach Kwame Oduro

Matt Lopoyda (Belmont University / Niagara Falls, Canada)

— Played in every game with one assist as freshman.

Jim Orvis (Southampton Solent / Cambridge, England)

— Team Solent midfielder has 3 goals, 7 assists this season. Cambridge United product.

Philip Persson (University of Albany / Norrkoping, Sweden)

— All-America East First Team midfielder alongside FCB & Albany teammate Keith Traut has 5G-13A in 72 games.

Steve Pondeca (Niagara University / Tucson, Arizona)

— Two assists in 15 games as NU freshman.

Adel Rahman (Niagara University / Brampton, Canada)

— Redshirt junior played 12 games at NU in 2015.

Nikko Richards (St. Bonaventure University / Victor, N.Y.)

— Versatile mid/defender redshirted his freshman year in Olean.

Morgan Smith (St. Lawrence University / Saratoga Springs, N.Y.)

— Nine goals and 15 assists in three seasons at SLU.

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