The Michigan Bucks will now be known as the Flint City Bucks as the team unveiled its new logo and color scheme Wednesday morning in downtown Flint.
After holding a "Name the Team" contest, the team sent four finalists to the Whaley Children's Center, where about 40 children voted and decided on the final logo.
The team will pay homage to its new home with the color scheme; blue, red, and gold.
The blue signifies the blue collar workers that have been the backbone of the city of Flint for decades, the red represents the old brick roads that line downtown Flint on Saginaw Street, and the gold is a nod to Kettering University, which gave them a place to play at Atwood Stadium.
The logo also features an arch, which resembles the ones in downtown Flint, and an arrowhead. The is the same one that can be seen on the Flint police cars representing its ties to the Chippewa tribe, who used to call this area home.
"We feel great about the new name, the colors, the logo," said team president Costa Papista. "We think it accomplishes almost everything that we were looking for."
"Obviously the name of Flint and keeping the Bucs history, which is near and dear to my heart, (means a lot)," added team chairman Dan Duggan with a smile on his face. "The colors are absolutely spectacular, and we're just really excited."
"The significance of the logo, the detail that has gone into it is brilliant," said associate head coach Andy Wagstaff, who played on the team in 1996. "The link between Flint City and the Bucks has come together perfectly."
The Bucks also unveiled their home and away kits, which feature a blue and red body with the logo on the upper left side of the chest.
The Bucks have had winning seasons in all 23 years of the program's existence, and the coaching staff doesn't expect anything different in its new home of Flint.
"(We have) some of the most talented players in America from a collegiate standpoint, and we'll play great soccer," said Wagstaff. "I mean the fans are going to be excited to come see us play. We won't be boring to watch... and hopefully big wins in out favor."
"In my mind, attractive, attacking soccer, but guys that are going to play hard, and a bit of steel to it," said head coach Demir Muftari. "There's some substance to what we do. Guys are going to play really hard (and) compete at the highest level. The club has a great history of a winning tradition, and we expect that to continue."
The Flint City Bucks host West Virginia in their home opener on May 18th at Atwood Stadium.