Menace fans, here's your guide to the team's seventh appearance in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup!
The Menace's 2012 Open Cup run ended with a 2-0 loss on Minnesota Stars FC. Thank you for your support of Menace Soccer.
Game Time and Opponent
The Menace hosts the Minnesota Stars FC of the North America Soccer League on Tuesday, May 22 in the 2012 Open Cup’s second round. All of the Menace’s home matches start at 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium.
Tickets can be purchased online or bought at the match. Tickets are $9 for adults (ages 13 and older) and $7 for children ages 4-12. Ages three and under get in free. 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 soccer cup competition. It is open to all affiliated amateur and professional teams in the United States and this year marks the 99th running of the Open Cup.
In total, there are 64 teams that qualify for this year’s national tournament. The bracket includes 16 teams from Major League Soccer, ten from the United Soccer League-Pro, 16 USL Premier Development League teams, six from the North American Soccer League, six National Premier Soccer League teams, nine teams from the United States Adult Soccer Association, and one US Club Soccer team.
The 48 non-MLS teams compete in head-to-head matches until the field whittles down to 16, when they are joined by the MLS teams to form a 32-team bracket. Head-to-head play continues until one team is left standing.
Visit http://thecup.us for up-to-date results.
Des Moines Menace (PDL)
The Menace’s 19-year history is highlighted by 11 playoff runs, seven Open Cup berths and more than 50 alumni in the pros (including 22 in MLS).
Record (PDL)::2-2-1 Premier Development League
Goals Scored: 8
Goals Allowed: 6
Coaches: Head coach Laurie Calloway, assistant coach Neathan Gibson, goalkeeping coach Brandon Ermels
Points Leaders: Husref Jupic (eight points on four goals, including one goal in Open Cup play); Lebogang Moloto (seven points on three assists in league play and two goals in Open Cup play); Luis Piffer (five points on two gaosl and an assist)
Goalkeepers: In five regular season games the only Menace goalkeeper to play more than one match is Brian Billings. Xavier Audergon, Jonathan Viscosi, and Jhojan Obando have all played one. Billings also played all 120 minutes of the Menace’s first-round Open Cup match.
How It Qualified: The Menace is back in the tournament, thanks to the success of the 2011 season. With a 12-4 record in 2011, the Menace clinched one of two spots in the Cup reserved for the Premier Development League’s Heartland Division. The Menace advanced to the second round by defeating the Milwaukee Bavarians, 3-1, in a wild overtime match on May 15. Winning a blind draw, the Menace has been given the opportunity to host the second round of competition.
Minnesota Stars FC (NASL)
The 2011 North American Soccer League champions have been to the Open Cup once before. In 2010, they were defeated by AC St. Louis in the second round of the tournament.
Goals Scored: 14
Goals Against: 8
Coaches: Head coach Manny Lagos (unable to coach May 22, serving a suspension after being ejected from a 2010 Open Cup match), assistant coaches Carl Craig and Kevin Friedland
Leading Scorers: Amani Walker (nine points coming from three goals and three assists) and Kentaro Takada (with five points on two goals and an assist)
Goalkeepers: Matt VanOekel (4-0-3, 1.143 GAA)
How it qualified: In 2012 all 32 teams from the top three tiers of American soccer qualify for the Open Cup, including all NASL teams.
Though the two opponents have never met, they were ousted by the same team in the 2010 Open Cup. AC St. Louis beat the Des Moines Menace and the Minnesota Stars by identical 1-0 scores in the first and second rounds before suffering 0-2 loss against the Los Angeles Galaxy in the tournament’s third round.
The winner of this match advances to the third round, to face Real Salt Lake (MLS) on May 29. If the Menace wins it plays at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy Utah, kicking off at 7 p.m. MT. If the Stars advance they will host Real Salt Lake at National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn.
The winners of the 16 second-round games on May 22, get to play Major League Soccer teams the following week.
The 2011 U.S. Open Cup bracket is available at http://thecup.us.
Menace's History in the Open Cup
This is the Menace’s third straight Open Cup appearance – and the club’s seventh appearance in the last 11 seasons.
All-time Record in Open Cup
Against pro teams: 5-4
Against amateur teams: 3-2
1st round: vs. Milwaukee Bavarians (NPSL) W, 3-1 OT
2nd round: vs. Minnesota Stars FC
1st round: vs. Chicago Fire (PDL) L, 0-1
1st round: vs. AC St. Louis (USSF D-2) L, 0-1
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
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. Milwaukee Bavarians SC (USASA) L, 1-2 OT
1st round: vs. New Jersey Stallions (USL-2), W 3-1
2nd round: at Rochester Rhinos (USL-1), L 2-3