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Menace exits Open Cup

Logan McDaniel, the Menace's Mr. B Man of the Match, rockets a shot in Tuesday']s 2-0 Open Cup loss to Minnesota Stars FC. Photo credit: Molly Ward / Jolesch Photography
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Tuesday, May 22, 2012 – For the third straight year, a shutout loss at home has bumped the Des Moines Menace from the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

This time around, short-handed Minnesota Stars FC knocked out the Menace with a 2-0 second-round defeat tonight at Valley Stadium.

Minnesota, the defending North American Soccer League champion, scored a goal in each half and put the defensive clamps on the Menace, to advance to a third-round matchup with Real Salt Lake (Major League Soccer) on May 29.

“They’re not the league champions for nothing,” Menace head coach Laurie Calloway said of his team’s professional counterparts, who are undefeated (4-0-3) in NASL play. “They were very well organized. A lot of credit goes to them.”

The Stars played the final 50 minutes at a disadvantage, after Cristiano Dias was sent off for striking the Menace’s Renan Ramos. Still, they held the upper hand, showing a more physical, bigger, stronger and faster presence.

Miguel Ibarra assisted Simone Bracalello in the 19th minute, and he added the final dagger in the 84th minute, when he freed himself and tucked the ball inside the near post, out of Menace goalkeeper Jhojan Obando’s reach.

Minnesota defender Justin Davis, who played for the Menace in 2007-08, played all 90 minutes in his return to Des Moines. He shared some advice for the current members of his former Premier Development League team, as they look for opportunities to play professionally.

“The more they play, the more they’ll learn. This is a good place to be,” Davis said. “The road to the pros is very difficult – I’m a good example of that. It’s important to take advantage of all your opportunities.”

Davis is in his second season with Minnesota. He was chosen by Real Salt Lake in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, but he did not make the team’s roster. Next week, he gets to prove he deserves another look.

“It’s an opportunity to show that I’ve grown as a player, to show I can make an MLS roster,” Davis said. “I’m just calling it ‘going full circle’ in my career, to come back here and now to play Real Salt Lake. It was cool to be back. The organization’s still first-class. It’s nice to come back someplace where I had a lot of fun.”

Minnesota Stars FC returns to Valley Stadium for a July 14 exhibition that closes the Menace’s home schedule.

Des Moines (2-2-1 PDL) advanced to tonight’s opportunity with a 3-1 overtime win over the host Milwaukee Bavarians in first-round play on May 15.

The Menace is 8-7 all-time in the Cup, with a 5-5 mark against pro teams. Des Moines suffered 1-0 losses in the first round of the 2010 (AC St. Louis) and 2011 (Chicago Fire PDL) tournaments.

MR. B MAN of the MATCH goes to: Logan McDaniel, for his dynamic play in the Menace midfield. The winger is a recent grad of Loyola Marymount University who was chosen by the Portland Timbers in the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft.

UP NEXT: Diving back into the league schedule, the Menace is on the road the next two weekends. Des Moines faces the St. Louis Lions on Saturday, in a 5 p.m. match at Tony Glavin Complex in St. Peters, Mo.
“One positive – let’s face it – is the loss allows us to emphasize, to concentrate on first place in the league,” Calloway said.

The team faces WSA Winnipeg on June 1-2, and is back at Valley Stadium on Saturday, June 9 for a 7:30 match against Kansas City on Youth Soccer Night, presented by the YMCA. All youth-soccer players and coaches receive free admission to the June 9 match.

Match: Des Moines Menace vs. Minnesota Stars FC
Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Competition: 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup second round
Venue: Valley Stadium in West Des Moines, Iowa
Attendance: 2,268
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 70s and clear

Scoring Summary:     1   2    F
MENACE                      0   0    0    
MN                               1   1    2         
MN – Simone Bracalello (Miguel Ibarra) 19:00; Ibarra 84:00

Stats Summary: MENACE / MN
Shots: 10 / 11
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 3 / 3
Fouls: 13 / 9
Offside: 0 / 0

Misconduct Summary: Menace Yellow Card: Husref Jupic 27:00; Javi Lopez 73:00; Lebogang Moloto 79:00; MN Yellow Cards: Brian Kallman 52:00; Kevin Venegas 85:00; MN Red Card: Cristiano Dias 40:00
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, in its inaugural season, is part of the five-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.

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