Road Tilt in Cleveland To Test Depth

The good news is that no one’s injured and head coach Dan Krzyzanowicz has assembled one of the deepest rosters in the National Premier Soccer League. More good news? Our players are pretty smart.

That’s about all for the good news, as several Friday night college graduations will force several changes to the Starting XI and bench that drew Detroit City FC, 0-0, on Sunday.

“Comes with the territory,” said a resolute Nick Mendola, general manager for FC Buffalo. “I have a ton of faith in the men who will be throwing the gold-and-blue on their backs, as Buffalo’s soccer talent depth is anything but shallow.”

Sunday’s starting backliners Kendell McFayden, Pat Zelko and Josh Hall will all be missing for the Blitzers, while FCB will also be without Josh Faga and Alex Rouse for the bout versus AFC Cleveland. School ties have already precluded 2011 standout back Jake Rinow from joining the squad for the season’s first week.

Among those expected to step into those shoes are players like Canisius College midfielder Derek Maier, St. Bonaventure defender Steven Carcaterro, La Salle back Andrew Lill (who featured for the Blitzers in 2011) and ECC goal-scoring machine Pablo Ordonez.

Krzyzanowicz is expected to release the full travel roster either late Thursday or early Friday before the team departs for Cleveland early Friday afternoon. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. EST at Byers Field in Parma, Ohio.