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blog by Ben Tsujimoto  • 

With nowhere to play professional or semi-pro soccer in Buffalo during the winter months, several current FC Buffalo players and one former Blitzer will join Major Indoor Soccer League’s Rochester Lancers for the coming season.

Former University at Buffalo and FC Buffalo stalwart Andy Tiedt has agreed to terms with the Lancers, while Medaille graduate and current Blitzer Gary Boughton returns for his second year after notching eight goals and seven assists in his debut season. Jake Schindler, an FC Buffalo contributor in 2010, returns after a short stint with the Lancers last season.

Longtime Blitzer John Grabowski and the Canisius College all-time leader in goals, assists and points, Alan McGreal, were invited to training camp by Lancers’ head coach and UB assistant Jim Hesch, who’s taken the place of Billy Andracki. Both players are listed on the roster, and it’ll be worth tracking how involved the duo becomes.

Rochester plays 13 home games between November and March at Blue Cross Arena, 1 War Memorial Square, Rochester. Tickets can be purchased here, and the home opener is Nov. 10 against Chicago Soul FC, one of seven MISL outfits.

If you can’t make the jaunt to Rochester, every MISL game will be streamed live on MISLnation.com.

Three of the Lancers’ five top scorers have departed, leaving much of the attacking burden on franchise players Doug Miller—yes, the 43-year-old ageless wonder—and Mauricio Salles. Midfielder Danny Earls is a current Rochester Rhino midfielder and a former member of the Colorado Rapids, who won MLS Cup during Earls’ only full season with the squad.

(Header photo of Andy Tiedt shot by Nate Benson from the Detroit City FC vs. FC Buffalo home opener—full gallery).

TAGGED: andy tiedt, buffalo blitzers, doug miller, fc buffalo, gary boughton, jake schindler, jim hesch, rochester lancers

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