DCFC-Glentoran match marks 50th anniversary of Detroit Cougars

Larry O'Connor
The Detroit News
Members of the Detroit Cougars team in 1967.

Detroit City Football Club will host Northern Ireland's Glentoran in an international friendly May 27 at Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck, the semi-professional soccer team announced Saturday.

The match will mark the 50th anniversary of Glentoran representing the city as the Detroit Cougars in the 12-team United Soccer Association, which imported whole teams from abroad to U.S. cities. The Cougars, which finished 3-6-3, played their home matches at the University of Detroit in 1967.

The Cougars, who joined the North American Soccer League after a merger between the USA and National Professional Soccer League, played home games at Tiger Stadium the following season before folding.

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to celebrate a forgotten piece of Detroit sports history and bring back Cougars alumni,” said DCFC co-owner Sean Mann in a statement. “It is an honor for DCFC to be the bridge between the region’s rich soccer heritage and the present day."

Teams will wear commemorative jerseys, and members from the original Cougars team are expected to attend.

Last May, Detroit City FC hosted FC Manchester in an international friendly at renovated Keyworth Stadium that drew 6,245.

Glentoran, which was founded in 1882, plays at the 26,556-capacity Oval in East Belfast. The team sits seventh (6-4-8, 22 points) in the Northern Irish Premiership.

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