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Buffalo Flash
« on: April 16, 2009, 01:10:11 AM »
Buffalo Flash join W-League in 2009

Player from Sahlen family leads acquisition of newest USL franchise

USL News Release
Friday, August 1, 2008

United Soccer Leagues announced today the first W-League expansion team to be added for the 2009 season, unveiling that the Sahlen family, led by W-League player Alexandra Sahlen, has acquired the franchise rights for the greater Buffalo area, which will be home to the new Buffalo Flash.

Sahlen is currently the President of Sahlen Sports Park, a family-owned indoor sports facility that the W-League team will call home for training. The facility is an 180,000 sq/ft multi-sport center with three open fields, a boarded field, a fitness center, soccer store and café. The facility features a full field sized 70 by 100 yards and is home to numerous adult and youth sports leagues and tournaments.

The team will play at Orchard Park High School, where the Sahlen family has contributed in the school’s fundraising efforts to renovate the multi-purpose field over the past year.

Prior to suspending her W-League season after one game this year due to a stress fracture, Sahlen was a three-year player for the Rochester Rhinos W-League team, seeing action in 39 games from 2005-07, including the championship final four tournament hosted by Rochester last year. The former Niagara University player and assistant coach will also likely play for the Flash next season.

"I’m thrilled to be pioneering the development of women’s soccer in the Greater Buffalo area and look to bring a new level of competitive soccer to the area. Our one of a kind facility and deep successful family history, combined with the USL W-League’s standard will no doubt become a fruitful partnership that will influence women and girls of all ages in the Western New York area for years to come."

The Sahlen name is well known in the northeast as a leading producer of quality meat products. Based in Buffalo, the company was founded in 1869 and is still family-owned and operated five generations later.

The Sahlen family has become very involved in sports and sports marketing over the past four years. In addition to the indoor facility and the new W-League franchise, Sahlen’s is the Official Hot Dog of the Buffalo Bills NFL team and it has been a sponsor of a racing team in the Grand Am Koni Challenge and the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series and title sponsor of two races held at the legendary Watkins Glen auto race track. The co-owner of Team Sahlen and one of several drivers is Alexandra Sahlen’s father, Joseph.

“We are thrilled to welcome an entrepreneurial player into the W-League family as a team owner and operator,” said USL Executive Vice President and COO Tim Holt. “With her family’s tradition of excellence in business and sports in the region, we are confident that Alexandra Sahlen will follow in the family’s footsteps and make the new W-League team a success on and off the field.”

The Flash name is a carryover from the racing team, which incorporates an electric flash in its design scheme. The electric flash, also present on the city’s flag, is a reflection of Buffalo’s history with hydroelectric power from Niagara Falls. Known as the City of Light due to the widespread prevalence of electricity throughout the city, Buffalo was, in fact, the first city to ever use electric street lights.

http://www.uslsoccer.com/features/Expansion/266595.html



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Re: Buffalo Flash
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2009, 11:20:31 PM »
Buffalo Flash announce professional club and new head coach Aaran Lines 

3rd February 2009
 
The Buffalo Flash of the United Soccer Leagues and their recently acquired head coach Aaran Lines announce their intention to field a team of professional players in their first year of competition.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Buffalo Flash from the ground up. I am looking forward to recruiting high quality players to form an explosive, exciting team for the Buffalo fans to support and vie for the W-league Championship."-states Coach Aaran Lines

Lines is an experienced international player with 41 appearances for his New Zealand Full National squad. Lines participated in the 1999 and 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup with the New Zealand National Team. Lines has played for clubs in Germany, New Zealand and Poland, and most recently here in the United States for the USL 1st Division club the Rochester Rhinos where he helped the club reach the USL Championship game in 2006.

Lines played from 1993-97 for Werder Bremen, counting games on the youth, reserve and first teams with the storied German club. Lines spent time with Ruch Chorzow of the Polish First Division, Dresden of the German Second Bundesliga, the Auckland Football Kingz of the Australian National League (A-league), and VfL Osnabruck of the German Second Bundesliga. Lines has a UEFA B coaching license and has coached all levels in Germany, Australia, and America. He currently is serving as the Advanced training instructor at Sahlen Sports Park and is the technical director for Empire United Soccer Academy Buffalo.

"We believe Aaran Lines will provide the Flash with a very stable, central focus that we can build our team around. His past playing and coaching experiences in America and internationally will be a great asset in developing the flash into a winning team."-states Team President Alex Sahlen.

The opportunities afforded by the W-league's Pro-Am format is what drew the Buffalo Flash to a pro roster.

"I'm thrilled to be providing a great opportunity for women across the world as one of the ten professional clubs in the nation. Not only will we be able to draw committed and high quality players, but we will be able to give them elite coaching, compensation for their efforts on the field, and coaching opportunities through our facility, Sahlen Sports Park. All of these facets combined will no doubt elevate our players to the next level."

Prospective players who have completed their collegiate career and are interested in playing for the Flash can contact Coach Lines at Sahlen Sports Park directly, or visit the Buffalo Flash website at www.buffaloflashsoccer.com and fill out the prospective player form. The Flash open their season against the Quebec City Arsenal on May 24th.

http://www.buffaloflashsoccer.com/index.cfm?template=news&news_id=3686
 

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Re: Buffalo Flash
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2009, 11:23:49 PM »
Buffalo Flash sign Rosie Tantillo 
 
Member of 2008 Pali Blue Championship squad is Buffalo's first signing.

Buffalo Flash Press Release - http://www.buffaloflashsoccer.com/
Friday, March 20, 2009

BUFFALO, NY-The Buffalo Flash announced today that midfielder Rosie Tantillo has joined the club as their first official signing for their inaugural season in United Soccer Leagues' W-League. Tantillo comes to the Flash after an impressive 2008 season, winning the W-league Championship with the Pali Blues Soccer Club.

"We are very excited to bring someone with Rosie's caliber to our club," said Buffalo Flash Head Coach Aaran Lines. "We were very impressed with her level of play at the championship and we will look to Rosie to make an immediate impact. Her technical ability, combined with her experience is a huge asset to the Buffalo Flash."

Tantillo has experience on the U.S U-23 and U-21 Women's National team. She was a four year starting midfielder at the University of Southern California and was selected as the PAC-10 Freshman of the year in 2003. She also earned All PAC-10 accolades her final three years playing for USC. Tantillo spent the 2008 season playing with the Pali Blues Soccer Club where she helped lead the team to a W-League Championship.

Tantillo also brings experience off the pitch as she was the undergraduate assistant coach for her alma mater while completing her degree in public policy and development.

"I am thrilled to be the first signing for the Buffalo Flash for the 2009 season," said Tantillo. "I am looking forward to making a huge impact on the East Coast and leading the Buffalo Flash in their quest for a W-League Championship."

The Buffalo Flash opens their season campaign against the Quebec City Arsenal on Sunday, May 24 in Orchard Park, NY.

http://www.buffaloflashsoccer.com/index.cfm?template=news&news_id=3740

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Re: Buffalo Flash
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2009, 11:28:05 PM »
Buffalo signs Portuguese International Kimberly Brandao 
 
Top W-League Defender and Rutgers standout inks with the Flash

Monday, March 30, 2009
 
Buffalo, New York - The Buffalo Flash announced today the signing of Portuguese International Kim Brandao, fresh off her appearance at the Algarve Cup in Portugal where she lead her team to their best performance ever with a record of 3-0-1.  The Portuguese captain has 14 caps for the squad and has played every minute of these matches.

Brandao comes to the Flash after playing for Jersey Sky Blue and the New Jersey Wildcats of the W-League, where she played on the World's #4 ranked team and was the key starting center back in all 4 playoff matches including the Final.

The Rahway, New Jersey native also boasts experience in the Falkopings KIK in Sweden after the 2007 W-League season and at CF Puebla in Spain for the 2008 season.

"We are delighted to add Kim to join our organization in our inaugural season. Her experience at the international level as well as professionally in Sweden and Spain gives our roster a different dimension." Coach Aaran Lines states. "Her athleticism, consistency, composure and leadership from the back will be something we as a franchise can build around."

Brandao capped a stellar career at Rutgers in 2006 with 84 career appearances and was named to the Soccerbuzz All America third team, NSCAA and SoccerBuzz All-Mid Atlantic Region First Team honors and All-Big EAST second team selection. As a senior in 2006, she helped organize a defense that allowed .85 goals per match and led the Scarlet Knights to its best season ever and the programs first trip to the Big EAST Tournament final.

"I am thrilled to be a part of the new Buffalo Flash franchise. As soon as I met Head Coach Aaran Lines, Team President Alexandra Sahlen, and General Manager Henrik Ambarchian, I was confident that we shared the same vision in prioritizing professionalism in women's soccer and mixing hard work with high standards. It is immediately easy to see that the Sahlen family pride themselves in doing things the right way and that Buffalo Flash will soon become a force in US women's soccer.  I am excited to help lead our challenge for a W League championship this season and can't wait to get started.Having played professionally in Sweden and in Spain, and for the Portugal Women's National team I am elated to secure a professional contract in my home country and am confident I will bring plenty to help Buffalo Flash meet its ambitions this summer," Kim Brandao says.

"We are onto something special here in Buffalo," adds Lines. "With our first signings in Rosie Tantillo and Kim Brandao- 2 marquee signings, combined with our professional atmosphere, the sky is limit."

The Flash open their 2009 campaign against the Quebec City Arsenal on Sunday, May 24.

http://www.buffaloflashsoccer.com/index.cfm?template=news&news_id=3762

 
 

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Re: Buffalo Flash
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2009, 11:45:54 AM »
Buffalo Flash sign WPS draftee Ashley Nick 
 
All American who won National Championship inks with Flash

The Buffalo Flash of the USL W-League announced today that Ashley Nick, a product of USC, has signed with the Buffalo Flash. Nick was drafted by the Boston Breakers of the WPS as the 56th pick.

Nick comes to the Buffalo Flash after a storied career at USC, where she captained her team in her junior and senior seasons and led the team to a National Championship in 2007. Nick was one of USC's six NSCAA All Americans, named to the second team after a powerful junior season where she started 25 games and scored the game winning goal in the second overtime against Missouri to elevate USC to its first ever win in the NCAA Second Round. Nick was also named to Soccer Buzz All-American second team, and received Regional honors as a Soccer Buzz first team All West region and NSCAA/Adidas First team All West region selection. In her conference, Nick was named to the All PAC 10 First team and All Academic.

"From the moment I met Ashley, I knew she would be a player that would go to battle for us. Her ability to distribute the ball and link the team, combined with her aggression in the air, will make her a huge force in the midfield," says Head Coach Aaran Lines.

Nick also brings international experience to Buffalo as she spent time with the U17 and U20 U.S National Teams. Nick most recently appeared with the U.S. U23 National Team last year where she appeared in the La Manga Tournament in Spain, where the U.S. faced off against England, Germany, and Norway.

The Buffalo Flash opens their schedule on Sunday, May 24th when they face the expansion Quebec City Arsenal.

http://www.buffaloflashsoccer.com/index.cfm?template=news&news_id=3776
 

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Re: Buffalo Flash
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2009, 01:33:30 PM »
WPS draft Pick Ameera Abdullah chooses Buffalo 
 
Gold Pride Draft Pick Ameera Abdullah chooses Buffalo

Soccer America MVP signs with the Flash

Ameera Abdullah, a product of the University of Florida Gators and who was drafted by FC Gold Pride of the WPS has signed a contract for the 2009 season with the Buffalo Flash.

"Ameera is a very, very exciting player. She will bring another dimension to our team with her pace down the flank and ability to take players on in a one on one situation. She is a very dangerous player and I will look for her to be very productive in our attack," states Lines.

Abdullah comes to the flash after appearing in 83 games for the Gators, scoring 25 goals and assisting on 18 during her stand out career. As a senior, Abdullah earned NSCAA/Adidas All American second team honors, and was named to the SEC first team and ALL SEC tournament team. The Denver, CO native also brings international experience to the squad as she played on the U-16, U-17 U.S. National Teams and attended the U.S. National U-20 Camp, and most recently appeared with the U.S. U-23 National Team. Abdullah has 5 caps and 1 assist with the U.S. National Youth Teams

http://www.buffaloflashsoccer.com/index.cfm?template=news&news_id=3781
 
Confusingly, the Flash site headline, which I've amended on this post, says Ameera was a draft pick by the LA Sol not the Gold Pride although the text of the release is correct.

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Re: Buffalo Flash
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2009, 01:43:59 PM »
Buffalo Flash Begin With A Win!  
 
24th May 2009

Buffalo Flash 4 Quebec City Amiral 2

New professional women's soccer W-League franchise Buffalo Flash won its inaugural game 4-2 against Quebec City Amiral, in its home opener at Orchard Park High School, NY. Braces from Spanish striker Maria Ruiz and former USA U-23 National Teamer Rosie Tantillo allowed the Flash to overcome their valiant Canadian opponents on a hot, sunny afternoon.

The Flash now travel to local rivals Rochester Ravens for a 7pm match-up this Friday, before hosting the Ravens the following Friday, June 5th, also a 7pm kick-off, for the next home game at Orchard Park High School.

http://www.buffaloflashsoccer.com/index.cfm?template=news&news_id=3849

Buffalo Flash: Amanda Becker; Kimberley Brandao, Alexandra Sahlen, Erika Sutton; Ameera Abdullah (Gianna De Saveiro 83), Jacquie Lacek (Brooke Barbuto 70), Jessica O'Rourke (Shaylyn Lawrence 70), Rosie Tantillo, Sarah Wagenfuhr; Maria Ruiz, Katarina Tarr.

Goals:- Ruiz (7) and (62)
           Tantillo (30) and (87)
 
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Re: Buffalo Flash
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2009, 12:37:28 AM »
Flash Net Six In First Road Game  
 
29th May 2009

Rochester Ravens 0-6 Buffalo Flash

Three goals in each half enabled a dominant Buffalo Flash team to stroll to a comfortable win in their first game away from home.

First half goals from right winger Jacquelyn Lacek, midfielder Rosie Tantillo, and center-back Kimberly Brandao sent the Flash into a strong position at the break, before strikes from forward Maria Ruiz, left winger Ameera Abdullah and forward Gianna DeSaverio put a seal on the victory.

The two teams meet again next Friday at Orchard Park High School at 7pm.

http://www.buffaloflashsoccer.com/index.cfm?template=news&news_id=3856

Buffalo Flash : Amanda Becker; Kimberly Brandao, Alexandra Sahlen, Erika Sutton, Katarina Tarr; Ameera Abdullah, Jacquie Lacek (Shaylyn Lawrence 74), Jessica O'Rourke (Gianna De Saverio 60), Sarah Wagenfuhr; Maria Ruiz, Rosie Tantillo (Brooke Barbuto 70)

Goals: Lacek (21)
          Tantillo (32)
          Brandao (45)
          Ruiz (72)
          De Saverio (76)
          Abdullah (87)

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Re: Buffalo Flash
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2009, 12:59:55 AM »
Buffalo Flash Pair Called Up By Boston Breakers!    

1st June 2009
Buffalo, New York

Defensive pair Sarah Wagenfuhr (Colorado Springs, CO) and Erika Sutton (Arvada, Colorado) today traveled to Boston, MA to attend a two day try out with WPS franchise Boston Breakers.

"It will be a great opportunity for Sarah and Erika to show Boston what they can offer, and is a mark of respect for the level of player we have here at Buffalo Flash," said Flash Head Coach Aaran Lines, "they are two of the many top class players we have on our roster and the Breakers' interest shows how players coming to play for us will be on everyone's radar. It rewards the excellent start to the season the team has had."

The Flash are currently 2-0 having won their inaugural franchise match, and home opener 4-2 versus Quebec City Amiral, before defeating local rivals Rochester Ravens 6-0 in the first road trip of the season, last Friday.

The next Buffalo Flash game is this Friday, 7pm at Orchard Park High School, also against the Ravens.

http://www.buffaloflashsoccer.com/index.cfm?template=news&news_id=3862

Defender/Midfielder Sarah Wagenfuhr is gifted passer of the ball who had a recent brief stint with WPS franchise Chicago Red Stars. She is a two-time All-American who played in three NCAA final fours, one National Championship game and for the US U-20 National World Championship Team.

"Sarah is a strong personality with leadership qualities," said Lines. "She distributes well and I'm looking for her to be a key part of the team."

Erika Sutton is a versatile wide player who can play either side of defense or midfield. As well as WPSL experience, she has also helped the Colorado Rush to three consecutive state cups and offers options in a variety of positions.

"Erika is a versatile player, with two great feet and a good shot," said Lines. "This year she should prove herself to be a fine W-League player."

http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/home/335970.html
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Re: Buffalo Flash
« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2009, 01:44:16 PM »
Buffalo blasts Amiral 5-0 in opener

Buffalo Flash News Release - www.buffaloflashsoccer.com
Orchard Park, New York - Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Buffalo Flash (10-2-3) beat Quebec City Amiral (9-5-1) 5-0 in a second versus third divisional playoff match at the first round stage of the USL W-League postseason to move onto the conference tournament.

The dominant win was the third time the Flash have been victorious at home by a 5-0 scoreline and the seventh time this season that they have scored four or more goals in a game.

In front of comfortably their biggest home attendance of the season - over 500 - the Flash lived up to expectation and put on a performance of some repute, playing in front of their home crowd for the final time this campaign.

And it was Buffalo who came out of the blocks early, with top goalscorer Maria Ruiz lofting her effort just wide, after an impudent through ball from left winger Pamela Conti. The two Mediterranean attackers, along with home debutant and recent Japanese signing Rie Sawai, were putting on a clinic in passing and movement, and the home fans were enjoying the show.

After 17 minutes, good team passing resulted in Erika Sutton hitting the post with a left footed strike.

However, the Flash faithful didn't have to wait much longer to see their new heroines open the scoring.

In the 25th minute, Ruiz headed home Sarah Wagenfuhr's corner, from close range, to notch her 10th goal of the season. Nine minutes passed before Sutton's cross deflected and looped over goalkeeper Marie-Pier Bilodeau, and landed inside the back post, to double the scoring.

The Flash were well worth their 2-0 halftime lead.

In the second half, the goal action intensified further. On the hour, Ruiz bent a curling 20-yard shot which was tipped onto the crossbar, before bouncing down and out, only for the advancing right midfielder Sutton to tap home her second of the game and sixth of the season.

With 12 minutes remaining, substitute Jacquelyn Lacek was on the spot to pick up the pieces and slot away her second goal of the season, after a Jamie Craft run had beaten the Amiral offside trap.

In truth, the Flash could have come close to double figures, but they had to settle with Craft's breakaway finish on 82 minutes, rounding off the scoring for the evening, to end 5-0, and give the Flash fans a joyous farewell until next season.

Another stellar defensive display from the Flash back four of Alexandra Sahlen, Kimberly Brandao, Katarina Tarr and Lena Mosebo, meant that Amanda Becker, was once again, well protected in goal, and an eighth shut out of the season was achieved.

Buffalo will now travel on Thursday to take on undefeated FC Indiana Lionesses, who host the Central Conference Final Four, in a Friday evening conference semifinal match-up at Jefferson High School in Lafayette, Indiana.

The Lionesses are coming off the back of a 9-0 win over West Michigan Firewomen in their last Midwest Divisional game and a 10-0-2 regular season in which they've scored 63 goals and conceded only two. Their perfect home record saw them score 38 goals, while remarkably conceding none, in their six games.

The match-up between the only two full time professional USL W-League teams should be a mouth-watering one.

http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/home/349779.html

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Re: Buffalo Flash
« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2009, 05:03:22 PM »
Game 16 - Flash Season Ends With Indiana Loss  
 
CENTRAL CONFERENCE SEMI-FINAL
FC Indiana Lionesses 3-0 Buffalo Flash

Buffalo Flash (10-3-3) fell to a 3-0 Central Conference semi-final loss at the hands of Conference final four hosts and 2008 USL W-League runners-up, FC Indiana Lionesses (11-0-2). Three first half goals were enough to end the first season franchise's W-League challenge.

http://www.buffaloflashsoccer.com/index.cfm?template=news&news_id=3979

Full report on W-League or Indiana threads.

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