Detroit Cougars (soccer)

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This article is about the Detroit Cougars soccer club of the 1960s. For the 1920s hockey team of the same name, see Detroit Cougars (hockey).
Detroit Cougars
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Full name Detroit Cougars
Founded 1967
Dissolved 1968; 49 years ago (1968)
Stadium Tiger Stadium
University of Detroit Stadium
both in Detroit, Michigan
Chairman William Clay Ford
Manager John Colrain (1967)
League United Soccer Association
North American Soccer League

The Detroit Cougars were a soccer team based in Detroit, Michigan, which played in the United Soccer Association and the North American Soccer League. The USA was made up of teams imported from foreign leagues. The Detroit club consisted of players from Glentoran F.C. and their player-coach John Colrain[1] of the Irish Football League.

The Cougars' home field was Tiger Stadium. Whenever a scheduling conflict arose, home games were moved to the University of Detroit Stadium. One such match on June 14, 1967 against the Houston Stars ended in an infamous player riot.[2][3][4][5][6]

Following the 1967 season, the USA merged with the National Professional Soccer League to form the North American Soccer League.

After one season in the NASL, the Cougars folded. The NASL would return to Detroit in 1978 in the form of the Detroit Express.


Year League W L T Pts Regular Season Playoffs
1967 USA 3 3 6 12 4th, Eastern Division Did not qualify
1968 NASL 6 21 4 88 4th, Lakes Division Did not qualify


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  2. ^ "The Evening Independent - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 2016-06-25. 
  3. ^ "Baltimore Afro-American - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 2016-06-25. 
  4. ^ "The Infamous 1967 Detroit Riot… On The Soccer Field – The Soccer Observer". Retrieved 2016-06-25. 
  5. ^ "SUMMER WITH THE COUGARS — IBWM". Retrieved 2016-06-25. 
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