May 4, 2019
Atwood Stadium, Flint, MI
Flint City Bucks 1, Detroit City FC 0
Flint City Bucks: Umar Osman 35′
On October 30, 2018, the Michigan Bucks announced their move from Pontiac to Flint in the USL-2. To be fair, the Bucks have been a successful franchise on the field, winning five regular season titles and three North American Championships since 1995. They’ve beaten a few MLS teams in the U.S. Open Cup as well. However, they’ve been unsuccessful in creating a supporter-base, their match day attendance trickling into three-digits.
And we’ve had our fun with them, winning two of three U.S. Open Matches against them in 2016 and 2018. So, I guess this was kind of a big deal for them to have us visit as their opponent for their inaugural match.
As expected, under the auspices of MLS-USL crowd control, we were greeted with five-pages of stadium policies, including a Patron Code of Conduct loaded with a bunch of “Do Nots”
Tenacity Brewing was our pre-match hydration station.
At around the 15-minute mark, a nasty collision forced keeper Hunter Morse to leave the pitch. Max Jewett stepped in to finish out the match.
A clean tackle by Stephen Carroll, deemed a foul by the referee, set up the free kick by Umar Osman which beat Max Jewett in the 35th minute.
All-in-all, it was a really good match, with both teams getting opportunities. This wrapped up the pre-season. With three losses and only a single goal scored, there was little concern. Just a tiny bit. On the whole, Trevor James assembled a quality cast of players to work with, and the level of play looked like an upgrade, providing a positive. With a little patience to allow the team to gel, we were ready for the season to begin. Our first test would be the following weekend, in the tin-can where these Bucks used to play, against the returning Michigan Stars.