Menace interns Tyler Peeler and Jeremy Reinert will bring you a player spotlight each week during the 2012 season; this week features the captain of the Des Moines Menace, Brandon Fricke.
Just 20 years old, Brandon Fricke has veteran experience in the Premier Development League, serving as the captain for the 2012 Des Moines Menace.
In his third season with the Menace, Fricke has played every minute since joining the team on May 9 in Springfield, Mo. Fricke earned Mr. B Man of the Match honors for controlling the midfield in that night’s 1-0 loss against the Demize.
“It’s an honor to be captain,” said Fricke. “I’ve moved up through the ranks so I know what the coaches want. I’ve seen great leaders before me. It’s an honor to lead these guys.”
Despite being named captain of this year’s squad, Fricke is still humble enough to learn from his teammates. He said he admires the leadership and every-day workmanship displayed by Jack Pearson, who is back for his third Menace season after playing for the PDL’s Victoria Highlanders last year.
The Grimes native and former all-state team captain with Dallas Center - Grimes is grateful for the opportunity the Menace provides him.
“I like to play in front of hometown fans,” said Fricke, a junior-to-be at Butler University in Indianapolis. “It’s not just a club to stay fit over the summer. It’s a professional environment. It’s a place to win a PDL championship.”
In 2005 the Menace did just that. The success of that season proves it can be done, but Fricke knows the first step toward a championship is making the playoffs.
“I’d like to continue to lead these guys,” said Fricke. “To get to the playoffs is our one (team) goal at this point.”
Sharing the team’s vision for the postseason, Fricke has a couple general objectives for the team.
“Get better and become more of a family.”
Fricke is welcomed onto the field by young fans in the pre-game Menace Human Tunnel.