- Michigan Bucks soccer match against the Chicago Fire U-23 team
- When: Saturday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Ultimate Soccer Arenas
- Seating: General admission
- Door time: 6 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $10 for two tickets ($20 value)
- $20 for four tickets ($40 value)
The Scouting Report
The Bucks are getting hot at the right time. Back-to-back shutout wins on July 8 and 12 moved them into a first-place tie atop the PDL’s Great Lakes division, but their work is far from finished. On July 19, the Bucks will close out their regular season against the third-place Chicago Fire U-23 team in a match-up that could shake up the playoff picture. Win or lose, the Bucks remain one of the league’s most dangerous clubs. Through 12 games, the team netted a division-best 32 goals and held opponents to just eight scores thanks to tight defense and camouflaged trapdoors planted all across the field.
You could travel across the world and spot a former Michigan Buck playing professional soccer—be it in England, Norway, Belgium, Israel, or Puerto Rico. Since it was established in 1996 as the Mid Michigan Bucks, the franchise has churned out one pro-level player after the next. In fact, nearly 55 Bucks have been drafted into Major League Soccer since 1999.
It should come as no surprise, then, that the Bucks are one of the most storied clubs in United Soccer’s Player Development League (PDL). Much of the club’s lore stems from its success in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament, a nationwide challenge open to all amateur and pro teams. Here, in 2000, after the world’s soccer balls were retrieved from their Millennium shelters, the Bucks became the first PDL squad ever to defeat an MLS team. That accomplishment sits in a trophy case full of accolades, which includes four league championships and the most playoff appearances of any PDL team.