These Menace starters gave fans plenty to cheer about in a 14-0 exhibition win. Pictured left to right: Deshorn Brown, Uriah Polley, Diego Marroquin, Coady Andrews, Lebogang Moloto and Luis Piffer
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, June 4, 2011 – The Des Moines Menace went international in the team’s final preparations before crossing the Canada border for four Premier Development League matches next week.
The Menace players came on in waves, as did the goals, in tonight’s 14-0 win over Des Moines International. The exhibition, played in front of 3,754 fans at Valley Stadium, showcased players from more than 20 different countries.
Des Moines head coach Laurie Calloway put 38 players into the match in his last chance to evaluate the team before its league action in Winnipeg (June 7-8) and Thunder Bay (June 10-11).
“The way we utilized it, I feel (the match) was a good experience,” Calloway said. “We gave the fans some goals tonight. It’s a confidence booster for our guys, and a good training exercise."
Deshorn Brown, who has scored six goals in five PDL matches, dazzled fans tonight with a hat-trick performance. The speedy Jamaican’s three goals came in a span of nine minutes and put the Menace up 6-0 in the 31st minute. Brazilian Luis Piffer followed with back-to-back goals that stretched the lead to eight.
Newcomer Otis Williams, from England, was the team’s other multi-goal scorer.
Calloway played his starters in the first third of the match, and brought in wholesale lineup changes in the 30th and 60th minutes. Members of the Menace Academy’s U19 team finished the exhibition, getting ready for tomorrow’s Iowa Soccer Association State Cup final.
The Menace’s opponent, also known as Ecuador Des Moines, is a team in the Des Moines International League. Its roster includes local players originally from Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Sudan and Zambia.
MR. B MAN of the MATCH goes to: Deshorn Brown, the team’s leading scorer, who found the back of the net in the 22nd, 24th and 31st minutes.
UP NEXT: Des Moines tours Canada to face PDL newcomer WSA Winnipeg (Tuesday and Wednesday) and the arch-rival Thunder Bay Chill (Friday and Saturday). Fans and the media can follow all Menace action – home and away – with live in-game tweets at www.Twitter.com/MenaceSoccer.
The Menace is back at Valley Stadium on Tuesday, June 14, hosting Chicago Fire PDL in the first round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The team plays all home matches at 7:30 p.m.
Match: Des Moines Menace vs. Des Moines International
Date: Saturday, June 4, 2011
Competition: Exhibition Match
Venue: Valley Stadium in West Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 80s, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 9 5 14
DM INTL 0 0 0
MENACE – Bryan Perez 5:00; Lebogang Moloto (John Sosa) 14:00; Coady Andrews (Uriah Polley) 17:00; Deshorn Brown (Husref Jupic) 22:00; Brown (Jupic) 24:00; Brown (Perez) 31:00; Luis Piffer (Gabe Lopez) 35:00; Piffer (Lopez) 41:00; Otis Williams 45:00; Brady Blankenship 49:00; Otis 56:00; Gerard Barbero 58:00; Adam Glanzer 80:00; Justin Webber 82:00.
(4-1-0 regular season; 2-0-0 at home and 2-1-0 on the road)
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace competes in the 64-team United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL), the highest amateur level of soccer in North America. The Menace plays its home matches in a fun, family-friendly environment at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines. The organization promotes a healthy lifestyle through its popular youth programs, including the Menace Academy (select soccer for ages 9-19), camps, clinics and tournaments.