Murphy adds roster depth for congested schedule

FC Buffalo head coach Brendan Murphy has added four players to the summer fray as the Wolves schedule gets even more congested.

The Wolves played their third match six days on Wednesday in Pennsylvania, just the start of a stretch of 10 matches in 30 days that will continue on Sunday at home against Fort Pitt as part of “Soccer Day in Buffalo.”

So Murphy has signed two players who have been training with the squad to the roster, and will begin the process of getting international clearance on two others.

Midfielder Sam DeMello (Easthampton, Mass. // St. Lawrence University) and goalkeeper Steven Casey (Amherst, N.Y. // Niagara University) are immediately available for team selection.

“I’m thrilled to have another strong player from coach Bob Durocher’s program at my alma mater of St. Lawrence, as well as a young and promising keeper who will start his college career under coach Eric Barnes at Niagara next year,” Murphy said.

DeMello graduated from St. Lawrence in 2013 as the second-leading scorer in Saints history, with 102 points coming on 40 goals and 22 assists. He spent part of this season with the Western Mass Pioneers of the Premier Development League.

Murphy also said the club is hoping to formalize agreements with Jesse Andoh (Toronto, Canada // University at Buffalo) and Yasser Muhammad Kadhum (Iraq // Umm Salal) in the near future.

“Jesse has been training with us all year, and deserves to be on the roster,” said Murphy. “Coach Faress Saleh of Yemen Elite brought Yasser Muhammad Kadhum to our attention and we’ve been impressed with his acumen. We’re excited about all the ‘new’ additions and hope to move quickly to firm them up.”

FC Buffalo and Fort Pitt kick off at 2pm on Sunday at Canisius College’s Demske Sports Complex, and the club will venture to our official supporters bar Mes Que for the United States/Portugal World Cup game at 6pm ET.