Pontiac, MI (July 31, 2009)- Michigan Bucks leading scorer Dave Hertel was selected to the United Soccer League’s (USL) Premier Development League (PDL) All Conference team, representing the Central Conference. Hertel started his second season for the Bucks in his familiar left back position and quickly worked his way up the field to play outside midfield, attacking mid and striker throughout the Bucks 2009 summer season.
Must win last two games to qualify for the post season
Pontiac, MI (July 12, 2009)- The Michigan Bucks dominated the offensive statistics on Saturday night, but as the story of their season goes, they failed to finish their chances when they needed to score. The Chicago Fire Premier punched their playoff ticket with a 2-1 win in front of an enthusiastic crowd (989) at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac. The Bucks needed a win to insure their playoff hopes remained in their own hands and came out with the first chance in the opening five minutes. Striker Kenny Uzoigwe found himself alone eight yards from the Chicago goal and tried to volley a quick shot into the corner, but was stopped on the first of several huge saves by Fire goal keeper James Maurer. Maurer would make three other spectacular saves throughout the game, including another first half beauty off of Uzoigwe head before halftime.
2009 Squad to Return the Heart of Last Year’s Regular Season Champions
Pontiac, MI (April 16, 2009) -- The Michigan Bucks have always promoted the importance of former players completing their college degrees to prepare for life after soccer. This year the Bucks are beneficiaries as several of last year’s college stars who have fulfilled their college playing eligibility and will stay on and play for the team this summer while they complete their final credits needed for graduation.
Starters from last year that will be in training camp on May 2 include Nate Jafta (Lindsey Wilson College), Piotr Nowak (Oakland University), Jake Stacy (Michigan), Zac Scaffidi and Dave Hertel (Michigan State).
Pontiac, MI (March 31, 2009) -- The Michigan Bucks will host another college powerhouse this Saturday April 4, 2009 when Lindsey Wilson (KY) takes ongame are specially priced at only $7 (adults), $5 (students and youth with ID), with children 5 and under FREE.
Lindsey Wilson and Oakland University have sent a number of players to the Bucks since the team’s inception in 1996. In 2008, the two schools contributed eight players to the Bucks Regular Season Championship team and will again send a comparable amount this season. As both teams look to defend their Conference titles in the fall, this spring match up will serve as a great measuring stick.
BUCKS 2010 SCHEDULE RELEASED BY UNITED SOCCER LEAGUES
Team opens 15th season on the road in Cleveland
Tampa, FL (February 5, 2010)- The United Soccer League (USL) released the 2010 Premier Development League (PDL) schedule on Thursday. The Michigan Bucks will open their fifteenth season on the road with a game against the Cleveland Internationals on Wednesday, May 19. The first four games on the Bucks regular season schedule will make up their 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup qualifying table.
Pontiac, MI (January 28, 2009) – The Michigan Bucks of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) Premier Development League released their 2009 Regular Seasonschedule to the public on Wednesday. Entering their second season at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac, the Bucks will open the season on May 16, looking to avenge their 3-1 playoff loss to the Kalamazoo Outrage. The match, along with the next three games, double as US Open Cup qualifiers, for which the Bucks have participated in a PDL record 8 times.
St. Louis, MO (January 16, 2009) -- Former Michigan Bucks stars Doug DeMartin (Mason, Michigan State) and Mike Holody (Clarkston, University of Michigan) were the latest of a long list of Bucks players to hear their names called at Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft held as part of the annual NSCAA convention in St. Louis. DeMartin, the Big Ten player of the year whose career with the Bucks spanned 2005-2008 was selected by the Kansas City Wizards with the 22nd pick overall (7th selection in the second round). Holody will be reunited with former Bucks coaches Gary Smith and Brett Jacobs in Colorado after the Rapids selected the talented centerback in the fourth round.
Harrisburg City Islanders winger Tiyi Shipalane and New England Revolution striker Kheli Dube have been longtime friends going back to 2004 when they roomed together while playing at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, KY.
Their play at the N.A.I.A. powerhouse caught the eye of scouts from the PDL’s Michigan Bucks, and the pair became part of an overwhelming attacking front that led the club to two consecutive PDL Championship matches, winning their first in 2006.
TAMPA – United Soccer Leagues announced the USL Second Division’s All-League teams today, awarding Goalkeeper and Rookie of the Year. Finalists for Most Valuable Player, Defender of the Year and Coach of the Year were also named.
Pontiac, MI (February 20, 2009) -- It only took fourteen years and three attempts, but Bucks Chairman/CEO Dan Duggan finally landed long time Oakland University head coach Gary Parson as the Michigan Bucks Director of Coaching. Parsons recently retired from his NCAA coaching duties after 28 years at OU and is preparing for his next coaching role, which many believe will be his biggest challenge to date. The Michigan Bucks have been the most successful club in the United Soccer League’s (USL) Premier Development League (PDL) over the past thirteen years. Much of that success is due to the players and scouting that Parsons has shared with the Bucks each summer through his top talented Oakland players.