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Buffalo Flash is a Sahlen family-owned professional, American women’s soccer franchise, founded in 2008, a year before its inaugural season in 2009.

Joe Sahlen is the owner, Alexandra Sahlen is the franchise president and also a player on the team. Former New Zealand International, Aaran Lines, is the head coach.

The team is a member of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) W-League, the second tier of women’s soccer in the United States and Canada. In 2009, the Flash made its debut in the Great Lakes (formerly Northern) Division of the Central Conference, lining up against teams from Hamilton, Laval, London, Ottawa, Quebec City, Rochester and Toronto, finishing second, with a regular season record of 9-2-3 from their 14 matches, undefeated in their seven games on the road, and with 40 goals scored, and only 10 conceded. In the post-season playoffs, the Flash reached the Central Conference semi-final, to end their inaugural season with a 10-3-3 record.

The team play their home games at Orchard Park High School Field, in Orchard Park, New York, 15 miles south-east of downtown Buffalo, NYmarker, and train daily, nearby at the Sahlen's Sports Park in Elma, NY.

The Flash's home colors are white and away colors are red and black.

The 2009 team roster included players from six countries across four continents. There were four local players from Western NY, various US players from numerous states (including two with USA U-20 National Team experience), players from the full Italian National Team, Portuguese National Team, South African National Team, and also from Spain and Japan.

Current roster

As of July 25, 2009


Year Division League Reg. Season Playoffs
2009 2 USL W-League 2nd, Great Lakes Division Central Conference semi-final

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