USL League 2: Flint City Bucks win fourth championship before 7,198 fans

The Michigan Bucks' move from Pontiac to Flint proved to a good one.

The three-time PDL champs re-branded as the Flint City Bucks and won the USL League 2 (former PDL) championship on Saturday with a 1-0 victory over Reading United AC in overtime before 7,198 fans at Atwood Stadium.

Cameroonian Ayuk Tambe, who plays at Tusculum University, scored the game's only goal on a penalty kick to give Bucks their fourth title in 24 years after championships in 2006, 2014 and 2016.

This year's championship was the Bucks' toughest. They needed to win four straight games in reach the playoffs and were 10 seconds away from being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs when backup keeper Gustavo Vasconcelos, brought on as a field player late in the game, scored to send the game against the Des Moines Menace to a shootout, which they won.

The Bucks found support in Flint, drawing a crowd of 4,633 fans for their 1-0 win over FC Golden State in the semifinals. Atwood Stadium is located on the campus of Kettering University. It seats about 10,000 fans in contrast to the 2,000 fans at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac, where the Bucks played.

Earlier this summer, the Bucks also won their third consecutive Steinbrecher Cup with a 3-0 victory over USL League Two rival Chicago United FC in the final of the USASA competition.
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