The Menace's season is almost here, and here are some exciting changes fans can expect in 2012. We'll see you at Valley Stadium for Opening Weekend this Friday and Saturday, when we host Real Colorado to open the Premier Development League schedule.
THE INAUGURAL MENACE WOMEN'S TEAM
Des Moines joins Women's League Soccer
What is the WLS?A five-team amateur league featuring top-caliber women’s players. The Menace joins teams from Indiana and Ohio, contending for a league title determined by regular-season record.
When are the games?All four Menace women’s games are played at 4:30 p.m. prior to the men’s 7:30 p.m. games at Valley Stadium. The season opens May 19 at home and ends July 22 on the road. Each WLS team plays a home-and-home series with every other team in the league.
Who is the head coach?Kevin Schalk, the Menace’s Youth Development Director, is the head coach. What can fans expect from their new women’s team? “We have a very technical and fast team coming in so we will play an attacking style to excite the fans with plenty of goals,” Schalk said. “We will do our best to get [the fans] ready for the men’s side.”
CALLOWAY CLOSES IN ON RECORD
Laurie Calloway needs only five wins to become
the winningest coach in Menace history
How many games have the Menace won under Calloway? Calloway is 44-14-12 in two stints as the Menace’s coach (2001-02 and 2010-present). He was named the PDL’s Coach of the Year after the Menace’s undefeated season in 2002.
What is Calloway’s career record?In a coaching career that started in 1978, the native of Birmingham, England has amassed a 224-155-45 mark. He coached the San Jose Clash the first two seasons of Major League Soccer and led the Clash to the first win in MLS history.
Who has the most wins entering 2012? Casey Mann, who coached the Menace from 2005 to 2009, holds the current record. In five seasons, he guided the Menace to a 48-17-13 mark and the 2005 PDL title.
KIDS, GET READY FOR STREET SOCCER!
Introducing the Menace Street Soccer Zone
presented by Principal Financial Group
What is that big white thing by the Menace’s inflatables at home games? It’s a street-soccer court! Measuring 25 feet by 40 feet, this court will be at Menace home games and at community events.
What is street soccer? Coming in many different styles around the world, street soccer is an increasingly popular version of The World’s Game. Street Soccer encourages creativity, fluid play and a focus on foot skills. It can be played on a variety of hard surfaces, with or without a fancy setup like our new court.
Who can play? While all fans can participate in street soccer, the game is largely intended for youth-soccer players who want to play 3v3 or 4v4 pick-up games. The Menace will provide the ball and a referee to ensure safe play that gives everyone a chance to play.
EXPERIENCE THE WORLD'S FOOD
Bringing cuisine from around the globe to Menace games
What is the Menace World Food Experience? Here’s your chance to try international foods for free, thanks to local restaurants who will be providing samples. At most Menace games this season, we’ll set up the World Food Experience in the plaza area near the concession stand.
Why are you doing this? The theme of Menace Soccer is “Experience the World’s Game.” Soccer – football to most of the world – is a truly universal sport, reflected by the more than 30 nationalities of Menace players through the years. In 2012, we’re giving fans the chance to experience the world’s game while eating the world’s food!
What can fans expect? A tasty variety, from one game to the next. Mexican, Italian, Bosnian, Japanese, Ecuadorian, you name it! Thank you to our local restaurant partners for bringing the Menace World Food Experience to our fans!
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. The Menace men’s side competes in the 73-team United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL). The Menace’s women’s team prepares for its inaugural season, as part of the six-team Women’s League Soccer. The Menace teams play their 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, Junior Menace and tournaments.
SEASON TICKETS AVAILABLE: Season-ticket holders experience 10 Menace home matches, (plus any Open Cup and playoff matches at home) and receive a VIP parking pass and three pregame catered meals. Get tickets online or call (515) 457-6163.
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