The Menace is heading back to the Open Cup!
Menace fans, here's your guide to the team's fifth appearance in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which starts June 15.
Game Time and Opponent
The Menace will play AC St. Louis at Valley Stadium on Tuesday, June 15 in the first round of the U.S. Open Cup. AC St. Louis is a member of the United States Soccer Federation-Division 2 Professional League. The league is one step below Major League Soccer. The USSF-Division 2 Pro League is a temporary merge of the United Soccer Leagues First Division teams and the North American Soccer League. AC St. Louis is in its inaugural season. It is the first professional outdoor soccer team in St. Louis since 1976.
The June 15 Open Cup match features a guest appearance by the Red Bull Wingers street-soccer team.
Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online or bought at each match. Tickets are available at a special discount before game day, but return to normal prices on June 15. Tickets are $7 each and $25 for a four-pack when purchased before June 15, but are $9 each and $7 for children ages 12 and under on game day. Click here to purchase tickets.
About the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is the country’s oldest cup competition. It is open to all affiliated amateur and professional teams in the United States and this year marks the 97th running of the Open Cup.
In total, there are 40 teams that qualify for this year’s national tournament. That list includes eight teams from the MLS and nine from the USSF Division-2 Pro League. In past years the second tier of teams came from USL-1, which this offseason combined with the NASL to form the USSF Division-2 Pro League.
Another six teams come from the USL Second Division. Each of the Premier Development League’s eight divisions has a qualifier. The final nine teams are from the United States Adult Soccer Association.
The 32 non-MLS teams compete in head-to-head matches until the field whittles down to eight, when they are joined by the MLS teams to form a 16-team bracket. Head-to-head play continues until one team is left standing.
Des Moines Menace
The Menace is having another successful year, sitting in second place in the PDL’s Heartland Division heading into Friday and Saturday PDL matches at Thunder Bay. Des Moines earned the division’s bid to the Open Cup with nine points and a 3-1-0 record in the qualifying stage.
Record: 4-1-4 through June 13
Goals Scored: 14
Goals Against: 9
Leading Scorers: Clark Bradford and Logan McDaniel (each has seven points; three goals, one assist), Lebogang Moloto (four points; two goals), Stephen Okai (three points; one goal, one assist), Sterling Copeland (three points; three assists), Jubril Lawal (three points; one goal, one assist)
Goalkeepers: Jason Williams (29 saves, 1.00 goals against average) Billy Thompson (eight saves, 1.00 GAA) Jake Wright (3 saves, 1.00 GAA)
How It Qualified: The Menace opened with a 3-1 victory at Springfield (Mo.), but dropped the second qualifying game, 1-0, at home against Rochester (Minn.). Des Moines responded with two straight qualifying wins against Kansas City and St. Louis to finish at 3-1-0 and nine points. Rochester controlled its own destiny with the win in Des Moines, but with a loss to St. Louis on May 23 and a tie against Kansas City on May 30, the Thunder finished 2-1-1 with seven points.
AC St. Louis
AC St. Louis notched the team’s first win in franchise history on May 1 against Crystal Palace Baltimore. AC St. Louis has struggled this season, but fields plenty of talent, including former MLS player Alec Duffy. AC St. Louis lost in an exhibition match earlier this season, 2-1, against the Kansas City Wizards of the MLS.
Goals Scored: 7
Goals Against: 17
Leading Scorers: Gauchinho (three points, one goal, one assist), five players tied with one goal each
Goalkeeper: Alec Duffy is the starting goalkeeper for AC St. Louis. There are no stats available for the goalkeeper. Duffy played for the New York Red Bulls of the MLS last season.
How it qualified: AC St. Louis received an automatic bid to the cup because they are affiliated with the USSF-Division 2 Pro League. Each U.S. team in the league received a bid to the Open Cup.
The winner of this matchup will advance to the second round, which will take place on June 22. The winner will take on either NSC Minnesota, of the USSF-Division 2 Pro League, or the Kansas City Athletics of the USASA. AC St. Louis dropped a 3-2 decision to NSC Minnesota on May 28. The rest of the 2010 U.S. Open Cup bracket is shown here.
Menace's History in Open Cup
This marks the first time Des Moines has qualified for the U.S. Open Cup since 2006. The Menace also qualified in 2002, 2003 and 2005. In 2002, the team was led by current coaches Laurie Calloway and Neathan Gibson. That year the team went unbeaten in the PDL regular season. Des Moines advanced to the fourth round in 2005 and 2006, where it was eliminated by the Kansas City Wizards both times. The Menace won the PDL championship in the 2005 season.
All-time Record in Open Cup
1st round: vs. New Jersey Stallions (USL-2), W 3-1
2nd round: at Rochester Rhinos (USL-1), L 2-3
1st round: vs. Milwaukee Bavarians SC (USASA) L, 1-2
1st round: vs. Pittsburgh RiverHounds (USL-2) W, 1-1 (4-2)
2nd round: vs. Charleston Battery (USL-2) W, 3-2
3rd round: at Atlanta Silverbacks (USL-1) W, 5-1
4th round: at Kansas City Wizards (MLS) L, 1-6
1st round: vs. Croatian Eagles (USASA) W, 4-1
2nd round: vs. Dallas Mustang Legends (USASA) W, 3-2
3rd round: at Minnesota Thunder (USL-1) W, 1-0
4th round: at Kansas City Wizards (MLS) L, 2-3
ABOUT THE MENACE: Preparing for its 17th season as Iowa’s Premier Soccer Team, the Des Moines Menace competes in the 68-team Premier Development League (PDL), the highest amateur level of the United Soccer Leagues (USL). The Menace plays its home matches in a fun, family-friendly environment at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines.
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