Denver Dynamos

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Denver Dynamos
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Full nameDenver Dynamos
Nickname(s)The Dynamos
Founded1974
Dissolved1975
StadiumMile High Stadium
Jefferson County Stadium
Capacity75,000 (Mile High)
10,000 (Jefferson)
LeagueNorth American Soccer League

The Denver Dynamos were a soccer team based in Denver that played in the NASL from 1974 to 1975. Their home field was Mile High Stadium. After the 1975 season, they moved to Minnesota and became the Minnesota Kicks.

History[edit]

Between the 1973 and 1974 North American Soccer League seasons the league added eight new expansion teams, including one located in Denver. English full-back and NASL veteran Ken Bracewell was hired as player-coach and Oldham Athletic A.F.C. players Andy Lochhead and Ian Wood were brought over on loan.[1][2] The team lost its first game to the Toronto Metros 3-2[3] and finished the 1974 season in last place of the Central Division with a record of five wins and fifteen losses.[4] During the season, the Dynamos went 523 minutes without scoring a goal, setting a record that held until the Philadelphia Fury went 524 minutes and 18 seconds without scoring during the 1978 NASL season.[5] Following the season, GM Norman Sutherland announced that Bracewell's contract would not be renewed, effectively firing the head coach.[6] On October 22, 1974, Sutherland, who had played for East Fife F.C. in Scotland and had won the 1968 and 1969 American Soccer League titles as manager of the Washington Darts, was named coach for the 1975 season.[7] However, less that five months later and a week before training camp, Sutherland announced his resignation as both coach and general manager of the organization.[8] Less than a week later, John Young, who had coached the Miami Toros for three seasons, was named head coach and Joe Echelle was named general manager, a position he had held previously for four years with the Dallas Tornado.[9] For the 1975 NASL season, the Dynamos finished in third place of the Central Division with a record of nine wins and thirteen losses.[4] The team played two season at Mile High Stadium, averaging 4,840 fans a game in 1974 and 3,654 during the 1975 season.[4] On 18 November 1975, Jack Crocker announced that a group led by him would be purchasing the club and moving it to Minnesota for the 1976 season, the sale was completed on 25 November.[10][11]

Coaches[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year League W L T Pts Reg. Season Playoffs
1974 NASL 5 15 0 49 3rd, Central Division Did not qualify
1975 9 13 85

Honors[edit]

NASL All-Stars

U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tossell, David (2012). Playing for Uncle Sam: The Brits' Story of the North American Soccer League. United Kingdom: Mainstream Publishing.
  2. ^ "Denver Dynamos Ink Wood to Boot Pact". Schenectady Gazette. 23 April 1974. p. 24. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  3. ^ "Whitecaps fall in debut". The Leader-Post. 6 May 1974. p. 30. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  4. ^ a b c "North American Soccer League". rsssf.com. Retrieved 30 December 2021.
  5. ^ "Rowdies hope to reclaim East lead in Philadelphia". St. Petersburg Times. 11 July 1978. p. 3c. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  6. ^ "Coach Fired". The News-Dispatch. 14 August 1974. p. 19. Retrieved 30 December 2021.
  7. ^ Charleson, Eric (22 October 1974). "Indoor Soccer Planned for OCC Gymnasium". The Evening News. Gannett. Retrieved 30 December 2021.
  8. ^ "Denver Dynamos' GM-Coach Resigns". Gettysburg Times. 15 March 1975. Retrieved 30 December 2021.
  9. ^ "Young to Coach Denver Dynamos". The Lewiston Daily Sun. AP. 21 March 1975. Retrieved 30 December 2021.
  10. ^ "NASL CLUB MAY MOVE". The Leader-Post. AP. 19 November 1975. Retrieved 30 December 2021.
  11. ^ Reusse, Patrick (20 August 2016). "Big-time soccer has arrived — again — in Minnesota with MLS announcement". Star Tribune. StarTribune. Retrieved 30 December 2021.
  12. ^ Mudry, Richard (August 20, 1975). "Rowdies seven all-NASL; Quraishi leads Tampans". Tampa Times. p. 7-C. Retrieved January 17, 2021.