D4 team shuts out D2 pros 1-0
Pontiac, MI (May 18, 2017)- The Michigan Bucks continued to add to their legacy as “giant killers” when they defeated last year’s NASL Spring Season champs Indy Eleven 1-0 on Wednesday night at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac. Francis Atuahene (Ghana/ University of Michigan) scored the game’s only goal to send the Bucks to Round Three of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup on Tuesday, May 30th at Ultimate Soccer Arenas, where they will host another Division 2 pro side in St. Louis FC. It was Atuahene’s second game winning goal in a week (Saturday vs K-W United).
The Bucks started the game slow, feeling out the opposition as they tried to get a feel for the pace of the talented professional team. Former Bucks star David Goldsmith (England/ ButlerUniversity) returned to the friendly confines of Ultimate Soccer Arenas where he proudly wore the Bucks jersey for three seasons, was happy to be home again and nearly spoiled the party for the Bucks fans. In the 16th minute he unleashed a rocket that went off the right goal post and bounced to Indy striker Justin Braun. Braun’s one timer was saved by Bucks keeper Drew Shepherd (Ann Arbor, MI/ Western Michigan) for an Indy Eleven corner kick.
From that point the Bucks got the wake up call and started to play their attacking style of soccer that keeps defenses on their heels. The speedy Atuahene got into the action by taking on three defenders as he ran the length of the field to earn the Bucks first corner kick. In the 30th minute he appeared to be pulled down in the penalty box, but the referee was having nothing to do with the call in the scoreless match. Atuahene kept attacking and in the 35th minute he took a pass from Jordan Snell (Palm Bay, FL) and blew by his defender and slotted home a right footed shot that went under Indy keeper Keith Cardona to give the home side a 1-0 lead.
The goal ignited the Bucks players and they pounded towards a second goal before halftime but couldn’t break down Indy’s final third. Both keepers finished the first half with one save, but the Bucks went into the locker room with momentum.
Michigan started attacking from the opening whistle in the second half but really didn’t make much of their chances until Bucks head coach Demir Muftari inserted forward Elliott Collier (New Zealand/ Loyola) to add some pressure to the Indy back four. Collier made an immediate impact and freed up Atuahene for more open looks. In a four minute span between the 67th minute and the 71st minute, Francis had three glorious opportunities to give the Bucks a two goal lead, but failed to connect on any of them.
Meanwhile, Indy did put a bit of pressure on the Bucks back line and Shepherd was forced to make three second half saves to register his third shut out in the three Bucks games so far this season. The Bucks maintained most of the possession the last ten minutes of the game to keep the pressure off the newly shaped back line that was missing center back Nick Walker due to injury.
Three Bucks injuries forced Muftari to make changes all over the park and the team responded well. “The only good thing about playing a pro team of this caliber this early in the season is that we aren’t familiar enough with each other to have any real effect on the changes we were forced to make due to injury. We played with three in the back for the first time this year and knew it would be a gamble, but also knew it would help us spring some life into our offense. Give credit to the players who made the adjustments that we hadn’t even worked on in practice. The guys looked like pros tonight and definitely belonged on the field with Indy Eleven. We learned some very important info about our team that will help us in the PDL season and hopefully will help us have a solid game against the next pro team we play in two weeks (St. Louis FC),” said Muftari.
The Bucks improved their record to an incredible 10-9-1 against all professional teams ever faced in the US Open Cup, a record that may never be matched. Wednesday night’s game was also a Division 4 record 28th time the Bucks played a US Open Cup game and was their 15th win overall (15-11-2). The Bucks learned that the winner of the Round Three match up with St. Louis FC will host the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer on June 14. Bucks fans will remember the last time the Bucks hosted the Fire in the Open Cup. In a thrilling match, the Bucks beat their second ever MLS team in 2012 with a 3-2 over time victory inside Ultimate Soccer Arenas.
The Bucks have nearly a week off to heal up before they head to Dayton to take on the Dutch Lions next Tuesday and then come back for a matinee game on Saturday, May 27th at the Canton Cup soccer tournament where this year’s foe is the West Virginia Chaos (12 noon kick off). Then it is back to Ultimate Soccer Arenas on Tuesday, May 30 to host St. Louis FC from USL (Division 2 pro) in Round Three of the US Open Cup with a potential date with the Chicago Fire on the horizon.
Ticket info and details of the Open Cup match will be announced in the next 24 hours. Keep up on all of the Bucks results, news and features at the Michigan Bucks web site at www.buckssoccer.com and follow us on Twitter @MichiganBucks, as well as on Facebook @MichiganBucksSoccer and Instagram @MichiganBucksPDL.
NASL champs Indy Eleven come to town for US Open Cup
Pontiac, MI (May 14, 2017)- The Michigan Bucks opened their 22nd Premier Development League (PDL) season in style on Saturday night with an important 2-0 win over perennial powerhouse K-W United. It took two late goals to defeat the 2015 PDL champs and a stout defense, which recorded its second shut out in three days. The Bucks now look to Wednesday’s huge match up against one of the top second division professional teams in the country. Indy Eleven were last year’s NASL spring champion and going into Saturday night’s match against Miami FC, were undefeated in the 2017 campaign. The two teams face off in Round Two of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup on Wednesday night at Ultimate Soccer Arenas (kick off 7:30 PM). Tickets are $10 Adults and $7 Youth (16 and under) at the door. Children 5 and under are always free to Bucks home games. Specially priced discounted pre sale tickets are available for only $6 until Tuesday online at www.buckssoccer.com.
Saturday night’s match against K-W United started out with the Bucks possessing most of the ball and taking the action to the visitors. United’s organized defense kept the Bucks from doing any early damage, although the home side did get a couple of early chances. Francis Atuahene (Ghana/ University of Michigan) streaked down the right flank in the sixth minute and got off a low shot that was pushed away by K-W keeper Dayne St. Clair. Daniel de Oliveira (Brazil) had the best chance of the first half for the Bucks when he ripped a 25 yard bomb that St. Clair was just able to tip over the bar to keep the Bucks off the board.
Bucks goal keeper Drew Shepherd (Ann Arbor/ Western Michigan) wasn’t tested until the 25th minute, but he came up with a big save on K-W’s only corner kick of the night. Shepherd registered his second clean sheet in two games after shutting out AFC Ann Arbor in the first round of the US Open Cup on Wednesday night. He finished the night being forced to make only three saves due to the stellar work of his defense, anchored by center backs Mo Kaba (Guinea) and Nick Walker (Trinidad).
The Bucks continued to dominate the game in the second half as they patiently tried to break down the hard working Canadian team defense. The spark that the Bucks needed came when Canadian native Austin Ricci (Toronto/ Oakland University) made his first appearance in a Bucks uniform in the 62nd minute. It didn’t take the speedy forward long to make an impact when he took a pass outside the box, dribbled into the penalty area and was cut down for a Bucks penalty kick. Ivo Cerda (Chile/ University of Michigan) stepped up to the spot, but sent his shot high over the cross bar to keep the game scoreless.
Although the missed PK looked to put a damper on the Bucks chances, the team rallied and applied continuous pressure while K-W started to tire defensively. In the 79th minute, Atuahene took a pass from Jared Timmer (Hudsonville, MI/ Butler) and finished the game’s first goal with a shot the just barely made its way over the line behind keeper St. Clair.
Knowing that United was always a threat to find a game tying goal, the offense kept possession and Cerda made up for his missed PK by slotting a ball to Ricci on the fly. Ricci took one touch past the last defender and beat St. Clair to the ball and coolly slotted home a right footed shot inside the far post for the 2-0 victory. The 84th minute goal sealed the deal for the home side and put the Bucks at the top of the table in the Great Lakes Division.
Reigning PDL Coach of the Year Demir Muftari was happy to get through the first week with two victories over very difficult opponents. “When I looked at the schedule and saw a US Open Cup game on May 10 and the PDL opener on May 13, I was nervous because the team was just arriving and had only a couple of sessions together. These are two big games and as it turns out we faced one of the better NPSL teams (AFC AA) and one of the best PDL teams in a span of three days. We figured that if we can get through these two games with wins and healthy bodies, we will put ourselves in a good position to try and compete with a great professional team in Indy Eleven. Now that we survived week one, the strategy looks brilliant but I wasn’t quite sure about that two weeks ago.”
Although the Bucks have never played Indy Eleven in the NASL team’s brief existence, the team does have some familiar faces. The Bucks will welcome back two former players that made a huge impact on the team in previous years. Ben Speas played two seasons for the Bucks in 2009 and 2010 while attending the University of Akron. Also featuring for Indy is a Bucks fan favorite David Goldsmith, who spent three seasons with the Bucks helping the team earn two PDL regular season titles (2015, 2016) and two PDL North American championships (2014, 2016). Indy Eleven Coach Tim Hankinson returns to participate in his second US Open Cup tournament game in the state of Michigan. Hankinson was the head coach of Major League Soccer’s Tampa Bay Mutiny when that team defeated the Bucks 2-1 in Saginaw back on July 12, 1999.
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Bucks Advance in Open Cup After 1-0 Win Over AFC Ann Arbor
Host NASL champs Indy Eleven Wednesday at Ultimate Soccer
Pontiac, MI (May 11, 2017)- The Michigan Bucks opened their 22nd season with a hard fought 1-0 win over AFC Ann Arbor (NPSL) in the first round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Wednesday night at Ultimate Soccer Arenas. Andre Landell (England/ Tiffin University) scored the game's only goal in the 13th minute after Daniel de Oliveira (Brazil) stole a pass and played the striker in alone on goal for an easy finish.
The Bucks record setting 14th US Open Cup victory means the Bucks will look to upset yet another professional team in Round Two of the US Open Cup next Wednesday, May 17 against Indy Eleven (D2 professional, NASL) at Ultimate Soccer Arenas (7:30 PM kick off). Tickets will be available at the door for only $10 Adults and $7 Youth (16 and under) but can be purchased at a special pre-sale rate of only $6 by visiting the Bucks web site at www.buckssoccer.com.
The Bucks started strong out of the gate on Wednesday and although starting only four players from last year’s PDL championship roster, they looked composed and confident as they took the game to the visitors in the opening stanza. The Bucks tried to press the first portion of the game to try and force a mistake from the first year US Open Cup side and that happened in the 13th minute. de Oliveira stepped in front of a weak Ann Arbor pass near mid field and quickly laid a perfect ball to counterattacking Landell, who received the ball at the eighteen and avoided Casey as he came off his line. The English striker rounded the keeper and knocked an easy ball into the open goal for a 1-0 Bucks lead.
Both teams battled hard, mostly throughout the midfield in a well played, physical battle that saw six yellow cards issued. The Bucks kept pressing for the balance of the first half and finished with five shots but could only muster the one tally before halftime. The Bucks came out in the second half the aggressor again and for the first ten minutes took the play to the Mighty Oak but could not put the game away.
In the 55th minute, Ann Arbor got their second wind and started to take control of the match as the Bucks midfield began to tire. Dario Suarez, last year’s NPSL Golden Boot winner showed his class when he tried to take over the game and nearly tied it in with a close range shot that Bucks keeper Drew Shepherd (Ann Arbor, MI/ Western Michigan University) steered wide of the goal. Three minutes later Suarez connected with substitute Yuri Giglielmi who found himself in alone on Shepherd from close range. Ironically, it was the man from the home town of Ann Arbor who spoiled the party for the visitors when he stoned Yuri and only yielded an AFC Ann Arbor corner kick. Shepherd picked up where he left off last year in the same goal in the same building where he made two huge saves late in the Bucks PDL championship game to secure that match as well.
While Ann Arbor continued to press the Bucks stingy defense, the veteran club waited patiently for its chance to hit the visitors on the break. First year Bucks forward Francis Atuahene (Ghana/ University of Michigan) showed why he is going to be one of the most dangerous players in the PDL this season when he put continuous pressure on the Ann Arbor back line. In the 88th minute, the speedy forward played a ball between two defenders and ripped a rocket from thirty yards out that left Casey frozen in the visitor’s goal. Unfortunately, Atuahene’s shot banged off the cross bar, straight down and was cleared from danger. The experienced Bucks killed off the last two minutes plus and additional three of stoppage time to secure the hard fought win over a very worthy opponent.
Bucks Director of Coaching Gary Parsons got exactly what he expected on game day one of this PDL season. “We knew what (AA Coach) Eric (Rudland) had in mind for us and we are very well aware of his ability to recruit, coach and motivate his players. He was an outstanding assistant on our staff when he was here a few years back and is one of the up and coming young talents in the mid west coaching fraternity. You could tell by their discipline that they were not going away after we scored that first goal. Some teams cave in and then the game gets easier for the team that scores but today, the longer we played them, the harder they made it. I am happy to get out of Round One in the Open Cup with a win so that we can focus on our PDL opener Saturday and then another US Open Cup game against a professional team on Wednesday. It isn't a whole lot of time to prepare, but it is a whole lot longer than we have had so far. I liked what I saw from this team in the fist half offensively and I liked our ability to weather the storm and keep the visitors off the scoreboard. We have a lot of talent here now and we look to build on our familiarity with one another to only make things harder for the next team we face.” said the long time Bucks coach.
With little time to rest, the Bucks open their PDL regular season on Saturday night at Ultimate Soccer Arenas and fans will be treated to the Bucks 2016 Championship Ring Ceremony before the game. While the returning players and coaches will be awarded their championship ring from last season, one lucky fan in attendance will also take home one of the exact same rings the players get. Bucks Chairman/CEO Dan Duggan started the tradition years ago to show his appreciation for the fans that have supported his teams over the past two decades. “I hope we can make this an annual event because the previous winners of these rings absolutely cherish the token of our appreciation for their support. Most of our players are college kids who give up their entire summer to commit to training and playing with the Bucks every day for three months and that is a major commitment. For most of them, this is the only championship ring they will ever see, much less wear. I thought it would be a cool tradition to offer one ring each year to the fan on the street just to say thanks.” said the long time Bucks owner.
All fans attending the game will receive a ticket for the drawing, which will be held at halftime. The winner of the ring must be present and claim the prize on the spot so they can have their photo taken with the team. Tickets for Saturday’s match are available online now for only $6 and can also be purchased at the door for $10 Adults and $7 Youth (16 and under). Five and under are always free to Bucks games.
To follow the Bucks throughout the 2017 PDL season and more information about their upcoming opponent in Round Two of the US Open Cup, please visit the Bucks web site at www.buckssoccer.com and follow us on social media on Twitter @MichiganBucks, as well as on Facebook @MichiganBucksSoccer and Instagram @MichiganBucksPDL.
LIVERPOOL FC INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF MICHIGAN TO SPONSOR SATURDAY NIGHT’S PDL OPENER
Thanks to former Bucks player and Coach Andy Wagstaff, all members of the Liverpool FC-IA of Michigan players and families are invited to Saturday’s PDL home opener against K-W United. All players within the club get in FREE wearing their RED LIVERPOOL jersey and all LFC- IA Michigan family members get in for half price (only $5). All attending members of LFC-IA Michigan players and family members are eligible to win the Bucks championship ring that will be given away at halftime. Families do not have to purchase pre sale tickets and can just show up and pay at the door for this huge match up that kicks off at Ultimate Soccer Arenas at 7:30 PM.
Bucks Open Cup Roster Loaded with International Talent
U-M core, returning pros add depth to PDL champs
Pontiac, MI (May 9, 2017)- The Michigan Bucks completed their initial US Open Cup roster today and open the season with a 26 man roster that contains players from 13 countries around the world. In addition to some brand new faces, the Bucks welcome back a couple of former stars who played professionally the past two years before returning to Pontiac. This year the Bucks have also added local talent from the University of Michigan, Michigan State and Oakland University; something that was missing from last year’s PDL championship team.
The Bucks open their 22nd Premier Development League (PDL) season on Wednesday night with a first round Lamar Hunt US Open Cup match against AFC Ann Arbor (NPSL) at Ultimate Soccer Arenas (7:30 PM kickoff). The winner of the first round Open Cup match will host last spring’s NASL (D2 pro) champion, Indy Eleven on Wednesday, May 17th. Should the Bucks prevail, they will host their record 21st US Open Cup match (at Ultimate Soccer Arenas) as well. Tickets for this week’s first ever match between the Bucks and the newly formed side from Ann Arbor are $10 Adults and $7 Youth at the door but can still be purchased for only $6 online at www.buckssoccer.com until Wednesday at noon.
Last week the Bucks announced the first eight returning players from last year’s PDL title team and today they are proud to announce the balance of the roster that will take on the Mighty Oak and then open the PDL seasonon Saturday against K-W United. Returning to the Bucks to replace last year’s two center backs who both were drafted by Major League Soccer teams (Lalas Abubaker, Columbus Crew and Francis de Vries, Vancouver White Caps) are Nick Walker (Trinidad) and Mo Kaba (Guinea). Walker played for the Bucks in 2013 before being drafted by FC Dallas of MLS, while Mo Kaba returns from a year in USL (D 2 pro) with the Wilmington Hammerheads. Both strong athletic defenders should keep goal keeper Drew Shepherd’s back line in tact while the team gets to know each other over the next two weeks.
Last year was the first year in history that the Bucks did not have a player from Michigan, Michigan State and Oakland anywhere on their 26 man roster. This year, Bucks Director of Coaching Gary Parsons has reached out to all three schools to tap into their top talent ready to make the commitment towards repeating as PDL champs. Striker Francis Atuahene (Ghana), attacking mid Ivo Cerda (Chile), defender Daniel Mukuna (England) and defender Billy Stevens all join the Bucks for their first season representing the Michigan Wolverines. Defender Nyal Higgins (Canada) joins fellow Oakland Golden Grizzlies Nebojsa Popovic (Serbia) and Austin Ricci (Canada) to stay close to campus this summer and train with the Bucks in search of their own post season championship rings.
Joining the offensive attack this year is Brazilian Leo Paiva, the NCAA Division 2 leading scorer, who netted 25 goals in 17 games for Notre Dame College. Paiva joins Andre Landell, who scored 16 goals at Tiffin University this fall after tallying 11 goals off the bench last summer for the Bucks. The English striker is looking forward to leading the Bucks to repeat as the highest scoring offense in the 72 team PDL.
Both Wednesday and Saturday’s matches are sponsored by Liverpool FC- International Academy of Michigan. All LFC-IA Michigan players get into both games at no charge by wearing their RED LIVERPOOL FC club jersey. All parents and siblings get in for half price (only $5) per night. To follow the Bucks, please visit the web site at www.buckssoccer.com or follow us on Twitter @MichiganBucks, as well as on Facebook @MichiganBucksSoccer and Instagram @MichiganBucksPDL.
ONE LUCKY FAN WINS A BUCKS CHAMPIONSHIP RING AT SATURDAY NIGHT’S PDL OPENER!
The 2016 Michigan Bucks will be awarded their PDL Championship Rings before Saturday night’s home game. As has become a tradition with the Michigan Bucks, each year the team presents its championship rings, one lucky fan is awarded a ring as well. All fans in attendance at Saturday night’s PDL opener between the Bucks and K-W United will have one chance to have their name drawn at halftime to be presented their Bucks 2016 championship ring. Tickets for Saturday’s 7:30 PM match are $10 Adults at the door and $7 Youth (16 and under). Children 5 and under are free to all Bucks games. To purchase discounted $6 pre sale tickets, please visit the Bucks web site at www.buckssoccer.com.
Bucks Return Eight Players to Defend PDL Championship
Host US Open Cup Round 1 against AFC Ann Arbor Wednesday
Pontiac, MI (May 3, 2017)- The Michigan Bucks open the season one week from today with US Open Cup first round action when they host AFC Ann Arbor at Ultimate Soccer Arenas. The current PDL champions will have just a few days to put together the first rendition of the 2017 club following the opening of training camp this weekend and the team’s only open tryout on Sunday (10:00 am-12:00 noon at Ultimate). While the team promoted seven of last year’s players to the ranks of professional soccer this spring, eight returning players are currently slated to be a part of the original roster that will play the US Open Cup match Wednesday and the PDL home opener on Saturday against K-W United.
Captain Tom Owens (Liverpool, England) returns for his fourth season with the Bucks and is already one of the most decorated players in PDL history. Owens is the only player in league history to be a part of three PDL championship teams beginning with FC London in 2012 and with the Bucks in 2014 and 2016. Owens scored the lone goal in the Bucks 2014 win over Kitsap in the title game. Right by his side holding down the defensive mid field is Brad Dunwell (Grand Rapids, MI), returning for his third season as a Buck. Dunwell was the only player in Division 1 college soccer last season that played in the PDL championship game and the NCAA final. While he earned a ring for the Bucks, his Wake Forest Demon Deacons fell short of the NCAA title in penalty kicks. Dunwell is one of the top rated players in the country as he prepares for his junior year and started every game in 2016 for the Bucks and Wake Forest.
Drew Shepherd (Ann Arbor, MI/ Western Michigan University) returns for his third season in goal for the Bucks while defender Alexi Souahy (France/ Bowling Green University) will start on defense in his second season in Michigan. Also returning along the back line for the Bucks is Taylor Fletcher(Missouri City, TX/ Case Western) who will compete for a starting role as an outside back in his second stanza with the Bucks.
While the Bucks graduated some key defenders to Major League Soccer last year, they also lost most of their offensive fire power as well. Returning to lead the scoring for the Bucks is Andre Landell (England/ Tiffin University) who finished second on the team in scoring last season coming off the bench with 11 goals and 3 assists. Marco Charalambous (Cyprus/ Butler University) returns for his third season with the Bucks resuming his dominating attacking midfield role, while JordanSnell (Palm Bay, FL/ Coker College) starts his second season with the Bucks hoping to make an immediate impact during the US Open Cup.
Reigning PDL Coach of the Year Demir Muftari has his work cut out for him this week as he greets the first 40 players to arrive in camp trying to earn a coveted spot on the Michigan roster. “This is always difficult when you have this much talent all show up at once and have a few days to select a starting 11 after one or two sessions, but that is the nature of the US Open Cup these days. Since the Cup follows FIFA rules, you really have to throw the right side out at the beginning of the game because you only have three possible changes you can make. And as we have learned from previous first round Open Cup games, it doesn't matter how much you dominate for 90 or 120 minutes if you don’t score. Our focus is to find eleven guys who understand the importance of this first round game, that are fit and ready to do what we ask of them. If we survive the Wednesday game, then we will quickly reset and look to a very difficult PDL opener three days later against K-W United. It is a lot to throw together in less than a week, but we think we have the players here now that can get us off to a positive start,” concluded Muftari.
While the balance of the Bucks roster will be selected and announced by next Tuesday, Director of Coaching Gary Parsons has once again assembled a group of top college All Americans and potential professional players that want to play in Major League Soccer in the near future. “The guys have so many options to play in the summer these days that you really have to provide the best players a professional environment that helps them get to the next level. I honestly think it is harder winning a PDL championship than a pro championship because we don’t have the advantage of signing and paying the players we want. We have to convince them this is the time and the place for them to shine for the next three months and our track record pretty much speaks for itself. This year Demir will have over 50 players to choose from by the end of May and they hail from 13 different countries around the world, so once again you can be assured that there will be some exciting international flair to the 2017 Michigan Bucks.”
Tickets for both Wednesday’s US Open Cup match and the Saturday, May 13th PDL opener are $10 Adults and $7 Youth at the door but can be purchased now online for a special presale price of only $6 at www.buckssoccer.com and clicking on the TICKETS link.
There are still a number of Bucks Family Passes available for $60 that enable the entire family to all seven Bucks regular season home games AND Wednesday’s US Open Cup match ($250 value). Individual Season Tickets are also available for only $30 and get you in to all eight games as well ($80 value).
To follow the Bucks and their complete roster announcements in the coming days, please follow the team on social media; on Twitter @MichiganBucks, as well as on Facebook @MichiganBucksSoccer and Instagram @MichiganBucksPDL.
LIVERPOOL FCIA-MICHIGAN TEAM UP WITH THE BUCKS FOR NEXT WEEKS GAMES
Liverpool FC International Academy – Michigan is teaming up with the Bucks to provide top quality soccer action at their training home at Ultimate Soccer Arenas.
Club Director Andy Wagstaff (also a former Bucks player and assistant coach) made it possible for all of his club’s players to attend both Wednesday’s US Open Cup match and Saturday May 13th’s PDL home opener FREE by wearing their club t shirt to the game. In addition, all Liverpool FC IA-Michigan family members attending either game with their kids get in for half price ($5) at the door. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the parents and players of their club to see the top amateur team in North America up close and personal. We hope their players that aspire to go on to play in college and professionally will get a better understanding of what it takes to achieve those goals. Sharing the building and a training field with the Bucks can only bring us closer together and I hope we can RED OUT Ultimate Soccer Arenas on Wednesday and Saturday,” said Michigan Bucks CEO Dan Duggan. In addition to the club hosting the events, youth teams from LFC IA-Michigan will be walking out with the players and participating in special half time events.
BUCKS ONLY OPEN TRYOUT IS SUNDAY, MAY 7 AT ULTIMATE SOCCER ARENAS
The Bucks only open tryout for the 2017 team is scheduled for Sunday, May 7 from 10 am- 12 noon at Ultimate Soccer Arenas. Any player that feels that he can compete for one of the spots on the PDL champion’s roster needs to register on the web site at www.buckssoccer.com to attend. Players need to bring their outdoor soccer shoes and gear to train and will be organized by the Bucks coaching staff looking to finalize this season’s roster.
PDL 2016 Championship MVP Russell Cicerone with PDL Director Todd Eason
Coach Muftari PDL Coach of the Year, Adam Najem Creative Player of the Year and Lalas Abubakar Defender of the Year