Mid Michigan Bucks Press Release      July 17, 2003

Contact:  Kyle Karns (989) 781-6888      info@mmbucks.com



Detroit-Based PDL Soccer Team Hangs Tough For 83 Minutes


Approaching the 83rd minute on Wednesday night at Hurley Field in Berkley,

the Mid Michigan Bucks minor league soccer team was within a goal of tying

the NY/NJ MetroStars of Major League Soccer (MLS) in a Round III match of

the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup soccer tournament, but the hometown underdogs

gave up three goals in the final seven minutes to fall, 4-0.  John Wolyniec

slipped a shot past Bucks' keeper, Peter Dzubay (University of Michigan),

for the MetroStars' second goal; then forward Mike Nugent and midfielder

Jose Galvin added goals in the final three minutes to ice the victory for

the MetroStars before a sold-out crowd of 4,010.


MLS All-Star Amado Guevara got NY/NJ rolling just five minutes into the game

with a splendid free kick from 20 yards, but the Bucks responded to play MLS

' league-leading squad even-up for the rest of the first half.  The Bucks

had several good scoring chances in the second half, but newcomer Jonny

Walker made a couple of outstanding saves in net during the contest to keep

the Bucks off the board.  "The score was not indicative of our effort," said

Bucks general manager, Jim Duggan.  "We are extremely proud of our guys, but

the MetroStars proved what a class team they are.  Their coach (Bob Bradley)

had them ready to play."




Goals:  METROSTARS - Guevara (unassisted, 5th minute);  METROSTARS -

Wolyniec (23rd);  METROSTARS - Nugent (Lisi assisting, 87th);  METROSTARS -

Galvin (Nugent, 88th).

SHOTS:  15-10, METROSTARS.   SAVES: 7-4, BUCKS.    FOULS:  12-8, BUCKS

Bucks' Line-up:  Dzubay, Taylor, Geiger, Perry (Rzepka, 74th), Craft

(Minagawa-Webster, 72th), David, Norman, Nelson, Turpin (Omekanda), Snape,


NY/NJ's Line-up:.  Walker, Leitch, Bortolomec, Addo, Forchetti, Williams,

Lisi, Clark (Galvin, 45th), Guevara (LaBlanc, 84th), Magee (Nugent, 86th),




The Bucks were selected yesterday to host the Central Conference

Championship, a final four-format tournament, on July 26th and 27th, which

features the top two teams from the Great Lakes and Heartland Divisions of

the Premier Development League (PDL).  Heartland champs Chicago (13-2-1)

will face the second-place team from the Great Lakes Division at 5:00pm on

Saturday, with the Bucks (13-2-1) challenging the second-place side from the

Heartland Division at 7:30pm at Hurley Field in Berkley.  With two regular

season games remaining, the two final playoff spots have yet to be

determined.  The winners on Saturday will meet on Sunday at 7:30pm at Hurley

Field to advance to the PDL Semifinals against the Western Conference

champions on August 2nd.  Tickets will be available for the Central

Conference Championships at the gate each night for $10 (Adult) and $5

(Youth - under 19).  Children under five are admitted free.  Join the

Insider or check out the Bucks' website for additional details next week.