MILWAUKEE — The Flint City Bucks captured their third consecutive Hank Steinbrecher Cup over USL League Two rivals, Chicago United FC, with a convincing 3-0 win at the Bavarian Soccer Club Complex in Milwaukee, Wisconsin last Saturday.
The Bucks dominated Chicago from the opening whistle and scored all three goals in the first half of the championship match.
The win marks the franchises’ 11th national title. The Steinbrecher Cup pits the four champions of the different amateur leagues across America each year, including USL League Two and the NPSL.
The three-peat of the USASA national championship ensures that the Bucks will represent again in the 2020 Hank Steinbrecher Cup, but also brought with it some more good news. Tournament Director Duncan Riddle and tournament namesake Hank Steinbrecher confirmed that the Bucks will host the 2020 tournament in Flint next May as the team goes for a record fourth title in a row.
The Bucks struck early when Man of the Match, Isaiah Parente (Medina, OH / Wake Forest) set up mid field partner Giuseppe Barone (Grandville, MI / Michigan State) at the top of the 18-yard box. Barone let the ball run across his body past the closest defender and ripped a right footed shot into the top corner of the goal in the game’s tenth minute.
Cincinnati and Flint City battled to a 1-1 draw in the league opener two weeks ago and the fierce battles from the first game carried over to this match as well.
Last week the Bucks notched their historic 300th win over Cincinnati with a come-from-behind 3-2 win.
Following an 80th minute Cincinnati foul from 20 yards in front of goal, Parente stepped up and coolly slotted his right footed shot past the wall and into the side netting for what turned out to be the game winning goal, 3-2.
Flint’s (2-0-2 league, 5-0-2) next home game is Wednesday, June 12 against the Dayton Dutch Lions at Kettering’s Atwood Stadium (7 p.m. kick-off).