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Will Menace finish season undefeated?

Kino Ryosuke (in air) leads the PDL with 15 goals -- the most for a Menace player since Tomas Boltnar scored 24 times in the undefeated 2002 season. Photo credit: Jayde Vogeler
 
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Thursday, July 12, 2018 – The Premier Development League’s regular-season championship is within the Des Moines Menace’s reach.
 
A win tomorrow night would clinch the title for the 12-0-1 Menace.
 
This weekend’s doubleheader at Valley Stadium starts with a Heartland Division showdown with the St. Louis Lions (6-5-2); it continues with a Saturday exhibition against Aurora Borealis SC, a Chicagoland team from the United Premier Soccer League.
 
It's  the Menace’s fifth straight weekend at home, with at least one more to follow. Earlier this week, the PDL announced that the Menace will host the Central Conference’s championship weekend, July 20-21.
 
In the Menace’s celebrated 25-year history, the franchise has secured a pair of PDL regular-season championships. This year’s team hopes to retrace the footsteps of the 2002 (15-0-3) and 2014 (12-1-1) Menace. Des Moines’ 2005 postseason title stamped the logo on the team’s logo.
 
 
Related link: Fans’ Gameday Guide
 
 
ST. LOUIS LIONS at DES MOINES MENACE
DATE and TIME: Friday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m. CDT
VENUE: Valley Stadium (artificial-turf field) in West Des Moines, Iowa
COMPETITION: Premier Development League regular season
LIVE STREAM: https://CISN.tv
PRESENTED BY: Wells Fargo
PRECEDED BY: 5 p.m. match between Des Moines Wanderers and Imperio
PROMOTIONS: “Youth Night” ($5 tickets for ages 6-17) and “Libraries Rock” Night
 
 
AURORA BOREALIS at DES MOINES MENACE
DATE and TIME: Saturday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. CDT
VENUE: Valley Stadium (artificial-turf field) in West Des Moines, Iowa
COMPETITION: Exhibition
PRESENTED BY: La Que Buena radio
PROMOTIONS: “Menace Alumni Night”
 
 
 
ABOUT THE MENACE
  • 12-0-1 – just ahead of Reading United AC (11-0-2), South Georgia Tormenta FC (10-0-2) and FC Golden State Force (11-1-1) for the best record in the 72-team PDL.
  • 2018 regular-season champs of the PDL’s Heartland Division and Central Conference (which also includes the Great Lakes Division).
  • Has outscored foes 34-5 – 12-0 before halftime and 22-5 after halftime.
  • Leads the league in goal-differential (+29); in a tie for second place are New York Red Bulls U23 and FC Golden State Force (both at +27).
  • Has not trailed a PDL opponent this season; not counting scoreless beginnings, has been tied for 18 total minutes in league play.
  • Kino Ryosuke leads the PDL Golden Boot Race with 15 goals.
  • First-year head coach Alen Marcina is assisted by Dario Pot and goalkeeping coach Devala Gorrick.
  • Entered the franchise’s 25th season with an all-time record of 267-154-37 (237-126-37 regular season; 16-16 PDL playoffs; 14-12 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup). 
  • Six-time PDL Heartland Division champion (2002, 2009, 2014-16, 2018).
 
 
ABOUT THE LIONS
  • 6-5-2, in third place in the Heartland Division (right behind 7-5-2 Chicago).
  • Head into their season finale on a four-match winning streak (all in Canada – July 6-7 at Thunder Bay and July 9-10 at Winnipeg).
  • Jordan Watson (five goals) and Troy Reeves (four goals) lead the offense.
  • Tony Glavin has been the Lions’ head coach all 13 seasons in franchise history.
 
 
ALL-TIME SERIES: MENACE VS. LIONS
  • Des Moines leads 19-6-10 (9-2-6 at home) in a series that began in 2006.
  • This is the teams’ first meeting since the Menace defeated the host Lions on May 26 (4-1) and June 2 (2-0).
  • Des Moines has outscored St. Louis 72-38 (38-21 at home).
 
 
ABOUT BOREALIS SC
  • 5-3-0, in third place in the United Premier Soccer League’s six-team Midwest Conference – Central Division.
  • Plays Friday night at UPSL foe DeKalb County.
  • In its first UPSL season, after playing its first two years in the now-defunct Premier League of America.
 
 
RECAPPING LAST WEEKEND
  • In a battle between the Heartland Division’s top teams, the Menace defeated Chicago FC United, 5-1 and 2-0 last Friday and Saturday.
  • Des Moines’ goals came from Kino Ryosuke (three), Omar Mohamed (two), Audi Jepson and Christo Michaelson.
 
 
UP NEXT: PLAYOFFS AT HOME!
  • Des Moines hosts the Central Conference’s championship weekend.
  • The Friday (July 20) semifinals (a 4:30 p.m. match followed by a 7:30 Menace match against the Great Lakes Division’s second-place team) will set up the conference final – Saturday (July 21) at 7:30 p.m.
  • Tickets are available here.
 
 
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. In its 25th season, the Menace men’s team competes in the Premier Development League (PDL). Entering its seventh season, the Menace women’s team is part of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL). With loyal support, the Menace men’s and women’s teams play their home games at the Valley Stadium in West Des Moines to provide family-fun entertainment. The Menace organization promotes the growth of soccer through these youth programs: Junior Menace (ages 3-9), Menace Academy (ages six and older), and tournaments, camps and clinics.
 
 


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