Strip Club–BYOB Edition
When I heard the Michigan Bucks were hosting the Chicago Fire in a US Open Cup game in the spring of 2012, I thought, I missed the Carlos Valderrama experience in 1999, so I didn’t want to make the same mistake again. I immediately got online and picked up two tickets for the game at the Ultimate Soccer Arena in Pontiac, MI.
After having a few beverages with the Motor City Supporters, we headed into the arena and were immediately confronted with a merch table. $12 for a jersey. It wasn’t official or match worn but it was a souvenir from what turned out to be a memorable night. I won’t try to recap the game as Tavio at Motor City Supporters did a great job. The opening goal of the match was scored right in front of us just minutes into the match and from there it was 120 minutes of tension and excitement and disappointment and joy. The Bucks won 3-2 in extra time and moved on to the round of 16, where they lost to the Dayton Dutch Lions. The Supporters Section had about 30-50 people standing it, banging drums, singing songs, chanting, making a nuisance of ourselves, while a group from Chicago was doing the same thing on the opposite end of the field.
Two months before the match, the club signed with Admiral to supply their kits in a six year deal. The cotton top I picked up is very simple, adorned with an embroidered logo of the manufacturer and screened team crest. I like the green of the kit I found at the Admiral website and may have to pick one those up in the future.