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Minnesota Kicks
1976-1984
Minnesota got it's start in pro soccer in 1976 when the Denver Dynamos of the NASL moved to Minnesota and became the Minnesota Kicks. The Minnesota Kicks played in the NASL for 6 seasons, playing 174 regular season games, compiling a record of 104 Wins and 70 Losses, scoring 352 goals and giving up 273 goals, amassing 208 points and earnng a winning percentage of 0.597%. In addition, while playing outdoor soccer in the NASL, the team attendance over the 6 years averaged 24,381, with a high of 32,775 in 1977 (their 2nd year) and a low of 16,605 in 1981 (their last year). During this time frame, the Minnesota Kicks also played 30 regular season games in two seasons in the Indoor League from 1979 to 1981, compiling a record of 20 Wins, 10 Losses, scoring 168 goals and giving up 125 goals, with a winning percentage of 0.667%. The team folded following the completion of the 1981 season, however they made a 1 season return in 1984 when the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers moved to Minnesota, and the team was renamed the Minnesota Strikers, before moving to the MISL Indoor League at the completion of the 1984 season.

NASL Outdoor
Year G W L GF GA PTS % Att. Teams League Div.
1976 24 15 9 54 33 138 .625 23,121 20 2 1
1977 26 16 10 44 36 137 .615 32,775 18 7 1
1978 30 17 13 58 43 156 .566 30,928 24 8 1
1979 30 21 9 67 48 184 .700 24,580 24 10 1
1980 32 16 16 66 56 147 .500 18,279 24 12 2
1981 32 19 13 63 57 163 .593 16,605 21 5 2
Following the 1981 season, Minnesota folded.
Before the 1984 season, Ft. Lauderdale moved to Minnesota.
1984 24 14 10 40 44 115 .583 14,263 9 5 3
During the fall Minnesota joined the MISL for the indoor season.

Year by Year Details: 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979 | 1980 | 1981 | 1984

NASL Indoor
Year G W L GF GA PTS % Teams League Div.
1979-1980 12 8 4 75 52 1 .667 10 4 2
1980-1981 18 12 6 93 73 1 .667 19 5 2

Year by Year Details: 1979-80 | 1980-81
 
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