The Michigan Bucks (PDL) look to continue their Open Cup campaign,
traveling to play the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL-PRO) for the second
round. Michigan routed the Jersey Shore Boca, scoring six goals
shutting out their opposition. Midfielder Thomas Catalano was
instrumental in the victory, netting one goal and setting up two more.
The Bucks started their PDL season a few days later, with a 4-1 win
over Chicago Infeno.
Pittsburgh had a bye for the first round, but have been progressing
through their regular season. Currently seventh, the Riverhounds are
coming off of two draws, mainly credit to some fantastic displays, and
14 saves, from goalkeeper Hunter Gilstrap. Gilstrap’s performances
come at a time where the Riverhounds offense has not been producing
thusfar in the season and have been plagued by injuries. Midfielder
Seth C’deBaca went down with a shoulder injury against Harrisburg on
May 16 and forward Jeremy Deighton has been nursing ankle injuries.
There is some Open Cup history between these two teams. Michigan took
the 2-0 win back in 2006. The winner of this game plays the Chicago
Fire. If Michigan wins, the Bucks will play host to the MLS side. If
Pittsburgh wins, the Riverhounds will travel to Chicago.