ford family MLS soccer bid bounces to Ford Field By Steve Carmody • Nov 2, 2017 Brook Ward / Flickr - http://j.mp/1SPGCl0 A plan to build a multi-million dollar soccer stadium in downtown Detroit appears dead. Billionaire businessmen Tom Gores and Dan Gilbert have struck a deal with the Ford family to use Ford Field for a future Major League Soccer franchise. Gores and Gilbert have been bidding for a future MLS franchise for more than a year. The league is expected to announce its expansion plans next month. Detroit Lions owner fires the team's president and GM By The Associated Press • Nov 5, 2015 Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio The struggling Detroit Lions have shaken up the front office. Lions president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew were fired on Thursday. Team owner Martha Firestone Ford announced the moves and did not take questions from reporters.