Flint City Bucks
The Flint City Bucks of USL League 2 have made quite a lot of history in the Hank Steinbrecher Cup, winning the competition three times in a row in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
Bucks Chairman Dan Duggan understands the importance of the event more than anyone.
“It's an honor to host it,” Duggan said. “This will be our fifth tournament, our fifth time playing and we've traveled the first four times. And as the three time-defending champions, we were really excited to host it prior to COVID. But obviously we got set back the last couple of years. So the people in Flint have been really excited about it. We had a really good buildup in 2019 when we won. We were really hoping to host it in 2020, but it is what it is. We're looking forward to it. I'm hoping the weather's going to be good and that we have a good crowd.”
Duggan knows how to build championship teams and is familiar with success on and off the field. Simply put, he has helped build a winning mentality within the Bucks organization.
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The Houston Regals (TX), which play in the National Soccer League (NSL), were founded in 2009 and have grown into one of the biggest brands in the Houston soccer community. They have played a multitude of matches over the years, including winning a USSSA national title in Austin, Texas in February 2022.
However, this week’s Hank Steinbrecher Cup offers something different: national exposure, travel across the country, and a chance to be part of a tournament of champions. The end result will be the naming of a US Soccer National Amateur Champion.
On Friday night the Regals will be taking on Michigan’s Flint City Bucks, the 2021 USL League 2 champions and a three-time Hank Steinbrecher Cup winner, to start the tournament.
Regals Head coach Miguel Landaverde spoke about his team’s preparations and the close-knit nature of his squad.
“We are happy to play in this cup,” Landaverde said. “We are prepared and have been training for two months together. We take this very seriously. I’ve been in soccer for 20 years, and this is the first time I have seen a family, a team. Not a soccer team, but a family where everybody looks out for everybody else.”
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