Michigan Bucks play for National Championship Saturday night


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Michigan Bucks defeated the NY Greek Americans 1-0 in the US National Amateur Soccer Championship tournament on Friday night to advance to the title match on Saturday. The match will kick off at 7:30 p.m.

It took 88 minutes for the Bucks to finally break down the three-time US Open Cup champions, but they did so when leading scorer David Goldsmith converted a pass from Ulises Caba to send the PDL champs to the title match against the hometown Chattanooga FC.

Chattanooga FC scored two second half goals to defeat the Maryland Bays 2-0 to earn their spot in the title match before a spirited home crowd in the semifinal. The NPSL representatives dominated the Bays in the second game of the evening.

While NY packed the defense for most of the game, patiently awaiting a counter attack opportunity, the Bucks continued to pound the Greek goal.

While the Michigan side controlled most of the game's possession, shots on goal were a premium. Bucks goal keeper Nate Steinwascher was only forced to make a couple of saves on the evening.

Goldsmith scored his fourth goal in five Bucks matches, including his third game-winner, when he ended a frustrating night for the Bucks strikers with the game's only goal.

The two winners advanced to the US Amateur National Championship match on Saturday night with the winner claiming the third annual Hank Steinbrecher Cup, representing the top amateur team from all US sanctioned competitions.

The Bucks will be going for their record sixth national title in their 20th season in the PDL and will have a difficult time with the disciplined Chattanooga FC side that took the NASL Atlanta Silverbacks to overtime in the third round of the US Open Cup earlier this week.

The US National Amateur Championship match will be streamed live at www.chattanoogafc.com.