One night after the Menace's 2-0 upset of host Michigan, Des Moines' postseason run halted with a 2-0 loss to Thunder Bay in the PDL Central Conference final on July 22.
The Menace upset reigning PDL champ Michigan on the Bucks' home turf Friday. Ramone Howell's goal and assist set up Saturday's conference final against Thunder Bay.
The Menace tangles with the host Michigan Bucks in a Friday-night Central Conference semifinal inside Ultimate Soccer Arenas. This is the teams' eighth postseason meeting.
Let's spend some time with Austrian defender Luca Puster, who has helped the Menace return to the PDL Playoffs. It's our 17th "7 facts" feature of the 2017 season!
For the third straight year, the Menace heads to Pontiac for PDL postseason action hosted by the Michigan Bucks. The Menace faces the Bucks on Friday night.
The Heartland Region champion GSI Pride dealt the Menace a 4-1 defeat on July 16 at Urbandale Soccer Complex. The Menace (3-3-2) finishes third in the five-team region.
The Menace's fourth straight trip to the PDL Playoffs didn't come easily. In Saturday's do-or-die matchup, Elvir Ibisevic (pictured) and the Menace pulled out a 2-0 victory over Chicago.
In the second-to-last match of the season, the Chicago Red Stars Reserves downed the Menace in a second-place battle on Saturday (July 15) at Valley Stadium.
After a 2-1 loss to Saint Louis FC U23 on Friday, the Menace's playoff chances hinge on Saturday's season-closing home match against Chicago.
Needing one more victory to clinch a postseason spot, the Menace closes the regular season at Valley Stadium this Friday (vs. Saint Louis FC U23) and Saturday (vs. Chicago FC United).