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Flash name Lines Head Coach
Former New Zealand international to guide new pro team

Buffalo Flash News Release - www.buffaloflashsoccer.com

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

BUFFALO, NY -- The Buffalo Flash of the United Soccer Leagues and their recently acquired head coach, former New Zealand international and USL-1 veteran Aaran Lines, announced their intention to field a team of professional players in their first year of W-League competition.

Lines helped lead Rochester to the 2006 USL-1 Final (Pepe)“I am very excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Buffalo Flash from the ground up,” said Lines. “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.”

Lines is an experienced international player with 41 appearances for New Zealand, participating in the 1999 and 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup with New Zealand during his national team career. Lines has played for clubs in Germany, New Zealand, Poland, and most recently in the United States for the USL First Division Rochester Rhinos. He began his USL-1 stint with the Portland Timbers in 2005 and played his final two seasons with the Rhinos, seeing action in 66 USL-1 regular season games and recording three goals and seven assists. His club advanced to the postseason all three seasons with the Rhinos reaching the USL-1 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 also 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,” said 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.”

“USL is committed to the growth of the women’s game through its various platforms whether it is youth, amateur or professional. While the primary focus of the W-League has been the development of collegiate players we are pleased that we can now provide franchises such as the Buffalo Flash the opportunity to utilize professional rosters,” said W-League Director of Operations Melanie Fitzgerald. “We feel that Buffalo Flash will be able to provide the expected environment both on and off the field for current and future professional female players, and that they will bring an extra competitive aspect to the Great Lakes Division for the 2009 season.”

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.

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