Detroit Express 4, Nashville Diamonds 0 (07.07.82)

Detroit 4-0 Nashville

July 7, 1982 — Silverdome (Pontiac, Mich.)

Scoring Summary
DET — Andy Chapman [second half]
DET — Andy Chapman (Mike Powers) [second half]
DET — Brian Tinnion (Clyde Watson) [second half]
DET — Brian Tinnion (Chris Tyson) [second half]

Express Cut Diamonds, move into 2d

(Detroit Free Press, 07.08.82)

By Tommy George

PONTIAC, Mich. — There was no need to panic. The Express didn’t, and they defeated Nashville, 4-0, Wednesday night in the Silverdome for their sixth straight victory.

After a scoreless first half, player-coach Brian Tinnion told his team not to panic, and the team obeyed. The relaxed Express exploded for  four goals — two by Tinnion — in the first 23½ minutes of the second half. The last-place Diamonds finished the game with only six shots on goal.

The victory gave Detroit 68 points and possession of second place, two points behind the Georgia Generals. The Pennsylvania Stoners, with 60 points, dropped to third place in the seven-team American Soccer League.

“I knew the scores would come in just a matter of time,” Tinnion said. “We had out-played them in the first half but hadn’t scored. We were too predictable and didn’t vary our play. But I always think we’re going to score.”

The victory ran the team’s unbeaten streak to seven games and raised its record to 8-3-2.

The scoreless first half was partly the result of a sagging Nashville defense that prevented Detroit from exploding to an early lead, which the Express have done during their unbeaten streak.

However, Detroit dominated the half in ball control, leading in shots, 13-2, and in corner kicks, 5-2. Nashville had a 40-minute stretch during the middle of the contest where it went without getting off a shot.

Within a two-minute span, forward Andy Chapman scored the first two goals. The second goal, his 12th of the season, was on an assist by midfielder Mike Powers.

Tinnon’s scores, his 10th and 11th, were assisted by midfielder Clyde Watson and defender Chris Tyson.