The already talent-laden roster of FC Buffalo just got richer, as Blitzers general manager Nick Mendola formally announced the addition of Gary Boughton to go with this week’s earlier pick-up of Kendell McFayden.
Boughton is a speedy player with undoubtedly pro prospects after setting the NCAA assist record in college with 82. He spent the winter with the Rochester Lancers of MISL after a summer with FC New York. In between those stops, Boughton trained and played with the reserve team of Major League Soccer’s Sporting Kansas City.
“I’m very excited to be a part of FC Buffalo this season,” said Boughton, a Buffalo native who starred at Lancaster High School. “With the group of guys Coach K has in place, I look forward — and want nothing more than — to bring a championship to our city.”
Boughton, who will wear No. 10 for the Blitzers, played his college ball at Medaille under FCB gaffer Dan Krzyzanowicz. He was a four-time Regional All-American and twice conference player of the year. He played 21 games for FC New York in 2012, where he worked with new FCB defender Josiah Snelgrove.
“There is no question Gary has a big, bright future at the next level,” said FC Buffalo general manager Nick Mendola. “We’re happy to have him stop here and hope that it further demonstrates our desire to win titles.”
McFayden committed earlier in the week. The lightning-quick, rocket-booted Williamsville North native was a National All-American at Medaille before making a dent in the pro game with the Austin Aztex and Kitsap Pumas.
“Kendell’s incredible talent comes with an ever-burning fuel to prove himself at the next level,” Mendola said. “The fact that we’ll be able to dress him, Gary, Josh (Faga) and Josiah (Snelgrove) amongst others should be a message to our entire conference.”
“We will have players on our bench who could’ve starred for us in the past. Training is going to be nuts.”
Boughton joins his Medaille teammate McFayden in this week’s commitments. The two not only starred together in college, but spent training camp with the Rochester Rhinos. FC Buffalo faces the Rhinos on Thursday, May 8, in Rochester’s Sahlen’s Stadium.
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