WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 – Following their successful inaugural season, the Des Moines Menace women are stepping it up in 2013.
After cruising to the 2012 Women’s League Soccer championship, the Menace enters the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) for the 2013 season. With more than 70 teams, the WPSL is the largest national women’s soccer league in the world.
Opening with a May 18 exhibition against WSA Winnipeg, the Menace women will continue playing home matches at Valley Stadium. Their 4:30 p.m. matches will come three hours before the Menace men play their Premier Development League (PDL) matches, giving fans two games for the price of one. The Menace will announce the schedule in March.
Related Link: WPSL home page
The WPSL features regional divisions, with a national champion determined in a playoff at the end of the season. The league follows a schedule similar to the PDL, with the season starting in May and concluding in late July. As part of the Midwest Division, the Menace will face teams from Kansas City, Madison, Quad City (Illinois) and St. Louis in a home-and-home regular season.
“Our new league will provide us with more regional play along with a playoff format that will give our fans and players more opportunities to watch and play quality matches,” head coach Kevin Schalk said. “This season will give us a chance to play for two national titles, with the Women's Open Cup and a league championship in California. I look forward to the challenges ahead in both league and non-league competition.”
Schalk guided the inaugural Menace women to the title of the five-team WLS. Des Moines outscored its competition 41-5 and finished with a 7-1 mark.
Related Link: 2012 season recap
“I am excited for our organization and our fans to enter in to the second year of competition on the women's side,” Schalk said. “We will have a very good team and they will have the responsibility to carry the tradition and standard of play that the team set last season in its inaugural year. I look forward to coaching many of our returning players again as well as our new players from some of the best programs both regionally and at the national stage.”
The newly overhauled MenaceSoccer.com launched today. The new-look website is part of the Menace’s 2013 plans to create nine total websites promoting the organization’s teams and youth programs. Fans of the Menace’s top flight teams can also go directly to MenaceSoccer.com/Women and MenaceSoccer.com/Men.
The team’s multi-ticket packages offer even more value in 2013. While adult season tickets stay at $80, the price for youth season tickets has dropped from $45 to $20. Starting this season, youth pricing (previously for ages 4-12) is for ages 5-18. Flex packs offer five tickets for $30, a change from $45 for six tickets during previous seasons.
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. Entering its 20th season, the Menace men’s side competes in the 65-team United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL). The Menace’s women’s team debuted in 2012, winning the Women’s League Soccer championship. 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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