FC Buffalo adds four trialists to roster
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • January 23, 2013 @ 10:34am
FC Buffalo has signed four more players for the 2013 season, the team reported Wednesday evening.
Former Australian professional Pete Marlette Jr.—a graduate of Nichols School—is the leading name, while Ian Mort, Alex Stephan and John Taggart will also suit up for the NPSL’s Blitzers this summer. The highest-level local soccer team has now signed 12 players this off-season.
New FC Buffalo coach Brendan Murphy was impressed by the four newcomers at the team’s two trials at Sahlen’s Sports Park, and each addition brings different skills to the table.
In Marlette, Murphy adds a creative midfielder who’s a threat in one-vs.-one situations, displaying quick feet, a variety of moves and keen vision for space to dribble into. A decorated member of Trinity College’s men’s soccer program and a valued member of Woden Valley FC in Australia—read a feature on his travels here—the 24-year-old Marlette offers attacking flair in his quest for a pro job stateside. Now watch him do tricks!
SUNY Geneseo graduates Mort and Stephan made an impact in different ways during FC Buffalo’s tryouts. Stephan appeared at both tryouts, showing tenacity and steadiness in possession as a midfielder, while Mort—a productive target forward with the Blue Knights—scored a clutch goal in the 11-vs.-11 scrimmage in the second tryout and was exceptional in holding the ball up as a lone striker.
Another striker, Taggart just concluded his Medaille College career last fall under former FC Buffalo gaffer Dan Krzyzanowicz, and he showcased an eye for goal throughout both tryouts. A clinical finisher and natural forward, Taggart found the bottom corners with ease during the 8-vs.-8 sessions and chipped in a few goals in 11-vs.-11. Finishing chances has been an area of concern for the Blitzers in their three-year history, so adding any offensive firepower will be welcomed by the team’s supporters.
Here’s a list of Blitzers currently signed (past or present colleges listed after name):
Defender Jake Rinow (Cornell)
Midfielder Alex Stephan (SUNY Geneseo)
Forward Asani Samuels (Canisius)
Goalie Kareem Gray (Canisius)
Midfielder Ryan Walter (Binghamton)
Midfielder Chris Walter (Hartwick)
Midfielder-forward Anthony Rozzano (Albany)
Forward Ian Mort (SUNY Geneseo)
Forward John Taggart (Medaille)
Defender Nick Garcia (Niagara)
Midfielder Peter Marlette Jr. (Trinity)
Defender-midfielder John Grabowski (Fredonia)