USA goes FCSP

After much teasing by the club, FC Buffalo Chairman Nick Mendola recently announced officially to supporters amassed at the Mes Que Bar in Buffalo that for their 10th season they will be the first National Premiere Soccer League (NPSL) club in history to have a preseason European tour.

FC Buffalo will spend May 5-12, 2019 in Germany with the tour beginning in Hamburg with training at FC St. Pauli facilities and then a friendly against FCSP2.

The Wolves will then continue on to Dortmund for training and will play an exhibition as part of the Dortbunt Cityfest, which celebrates togetherness and the multicultural aspects of the city. The opponent in Dortmund is set to be announced in the coming days.

FC Buffalo will spend the final days of the tour in Frankfurt training. A contingent of FC Buffalo supporters will return to Hamburg for the St Pauli season finale.

All of this is a kick off to FC Buffalo’s 10th anniversary season. Fundraising efforts have already begun with a commemorative jersey that will have supporters names on it, a Wolf Blitzer bobblehead with some of them being signed. Wolf Blitzer, a Buffalo area native born in Augsburg, Germany, has been a big supporter of FC Buffalo visiting with supporters and, in return, one of the clubs nicknames is the Blitzers and The Situation Room supporters group takes their name from Blitzer’s CNN news show. The will als be a special BUFFA10 shirt and scarf.

The trip was put into the works earlier in the year when the Lord Mayor of Dortmund visited Buffalo in celebration of the 40th anniversary of their sister city partnership. The Lord Mayor was gifted an FC Buffalo scarf and casually put out the invitation to come to Dortmund.

As the logistics were hashed out, FC St. Pauli heard that FC Buffalo was interested in coming to Germany and extended an invitation as well. FC St. Pauli leadership had learned about FC Buffalo during their trip to the US last year from The Situation Room members who are also part of FC St. Pauli Buffalo.

FC Buffalo is an amateur club in the NPSL, the 4th tier of American soccer. The league is made up of teams whose rosters are comprised of local talent as well as college soccer players. The NPSL currently has 98 teams throughout the country playing in regional divisions with the goal of advancing to a national championship.

FC Buffalo was founded in 2009 by a group of friends who hoped to grow a soccer culture in Western New York and now boasts some of the best atmosphere in the NPSL. The club has shown themselves to be a club of the people, regularly taking up noble causes in the community including Jericho Road Community Health Center, which provides health services to Buffalo’s refugee community, West Side International Soccer, which sponsors soccer tourneys and training for Buffalo’s west side, and the Courage of Carly Fund, which helps research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

By Jeff Plummer

Jeff is a member of both FC St Pauli Buffalo, as well as The Situation Room, FC Buffalo’s supporters group.

For Information on the planned FC St Pauli Buffalo trip to Hamburg/Dortmund, contact FCSP Buffalo at fcstpaulibuffalo@gmail.com

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