The Detroit Express was a soccer team based in suburban Detroit that played in the now defunct North American Soccer League from 1978 to 1980. Its home field was the Pontiac Silverdome. The Express were co-owned by Roger Faulkner and by famed English soccer pundit Jimmy Hill who was also the managing director and chairman of the English club Coventry City. The team was coached by Ken Furphy.
The Detroit Express was an American soccer team based in Detroit, Michigan and a member of the American Soccer League. They joined the league in 1981 after the original NASL Express were moved to Washington D.C. to replace the Diplomats who had folded at the end of 1980.
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The Detroit Express began life as an expansion team in the North American Soccer League in 1978. Express ownership was headed up by British football broadcaster and promoter Jimmy Hill. Hill and the Express gained some national (and international) attention for acquiring English soccer star Trevor Francis on loan from Birmingham City in 1978. Francis was a prolific scorer and the first footballer to earn 1 million pounds sterling per season in England.
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Detroit Express Soccer. The Detroit Express played in the old North American Soccer League (NASL) from 1978 to 1980. Its home field was the Pontiac Silverdome. They also participated in the NASL indoor league during the 1979/80 and 1980/81 seasons.
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1978 Detroit Express Roster. The Detroit Express of the North American Soccer League ended ...
If the Detroit Cougars in the late 1960s were a toe in the water, the Express were a full belly smacker into Detroit’s pro soccer pool. And those ripples are still being felt four decades later ...
1979 Detroit Express Roster. The Detroit Express of the North American Soccer League ended the 1979 season with a record of 14 wins and 16 losses for 133 points in the NASL's Central Division. The Express scored 60 goals and yielded 56. Keith Furphy and Trevor Francis netted 14 goals each for Detroit, while Graham Oates and Ted MacDougall tallied five or more, too.