For the 10th straight season, the friendly confines of Valley Stadium will be the home of the Menace.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 – The Des Moines Menace’s quest for a fourth consecutive division crown will begin at home, hit the road for six straight regular-season matches, and finish with a flurry of home action.
The team’s 2017 Premier Development League schedule – released today by PDL officials – opens May 20 against WSA Winnipeg at Valley Stadium. A favorable draw in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup could bump up the Menace’s home opener to May 10 or May 17.
Des Moines’ six remaining regular-season home matches are packed into the season’s final five weekends, starting June 17 against the arch-rival Thunder Bay Chill and ending July 14-15 with a doubleheader featuring Heartland Division newcomers Saint Louis FC U23 and Chicago FC United.
Also on the home schedule are exhibitions with Minneapolis City SC (June 3) and Sporting Kansas City U23 (July 7). Fans can click here to purchase season tickets for admission to all home matches for the Menace men’s and women’s teams, including the Open Cup, exhibitions and postseason action.
Entering its 24th PDL season, the Menace has a new head coach. Last month, John Pascarella was named the Menace’s field genreal, bringing his experiences as a Major League Soccer player and coach. The former Los Angeles Galaxy goalkeeper served the last eight seasons as an assistant coach for Sporting Kansas City.
- The Heartland Division’s newcomers each make a couple trips to Des Moines: Chicago FC United visits June 24 and July 15 and Saint Louis FC visits July 1 and July 14.
- In the offseason, the league lost a pair of Heartland Division teams, as the Chicago Fire pulled its U23 side after 16 PDL seasons, and Kokomo (Ind.) Mantis FC ceased operations after only one season.
- The Menace has three scheduled road trips: May 27-28 against the St. Louis Lions and Saint Louis FC; a week in Canada (June 9-10 at Thunder Bay and June 13-14 at Winnipeg); and a trip to Evanston, Ill., for a June 20 match at Chicago FC United.
- With 72 teams, the PDL – North America’s top amateur soccer league – comprises four conferences and 10 divisions.
- The Menace’s Heartland Division, alongside the Great Lakes Division, is part of the Central Conference.
- This is the Menace’s 10th straight season at Valley Stadium, and the team carries a 22-match PDL home unbeaten streak that began in July 2013.
- Des Moines will make its eighth straight (and 12th overall) appearance in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, looking to build on the franchise’s record for wins (14) by an amateur team in the national tournament.
- In 23 seasons, the Menace has compiled 249 wins in the regular season (220-117-35), the Open Cup (14-11) and the PDL Playoffs (15-15).
- The 2016 Menace (10-2-2 PDL) advanced to the third round of the Open Cup and the second round of the PDL Playoffs.
Des Moines Menace 2017 PDL Schedule
Wednesday, May 10 1st round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (Opponent and site TBD)
Wednesday, May 17 2nd round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (Opponent and site TBD)
Saturday, May 20 WSA Winnipeg 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, May 27 at St. Louis Lions 5 p.m. at Tony Glavin Complex
Sunday, May 28 at Saint Louis FC U23 3:30 p.m. at SLSG Collinsville Complex
Wednesday, May 31 3rd round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (Opponent and site TBD)
Saturday, June 3 ^Minneapolis City SC 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Friday, June 9 at Thunder Bay Chill 6:30 p.m. at Fort William Stadium
Saturday, June 10 at Thunder Bay Chill 6:30 p.m. at Fort William Stadium
Tuesday, June 13 at WSA Winnipeg 7 p.m. at Ralph Cantafio Soccerplex
Wednesday, June 14 at WSA Winnipeg 7 p.m. at Ralph Cantafio Soccerplex
Saturday, June 17 Thunder Bay Chill 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Tuesday, June 20 at Chicago FC United 7 p.m. at Lakeside Field
Saturday, June 24 Chicago FC United 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, July 1 Saint Louis FC U23 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Friday, July 7 ^Sporting Kansas City U23 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, July 8 St. Louis Lions 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Friday, July 14 Saint Louis FC U23 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, July 15 Chicago FC United 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Friday, July 21 Premier Development League Playoffs
Saturday, July 22 Premier Development League Playoffs
Saturday, July 29 Semifinals, Premier Development League Playoffs
Saturday, Aug. 5 Premier Development League Championship
All games are listed in Des Moines time. ^ = Exhibition
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. Preparing for its 24th season, the Menace men’s team competes in the Premier Development League (PDL). Entering its sixth 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 provides the growth of the game of soccer in Iowa with their youth soccer programs, including Junior Menace (ages 3-9), Menace Youth Academy (ages six and older), and tournaments, camps and clinics.