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Open Cup home opener

Menace defender Taylor Diem (6), a native of Middletwon, Wis., will go up against his hometown team. Diem assisted David Santamaria in the Menace's 1-1 season-opening draw on Saturday.
 
 
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Tuesday, May 14, 2013 – For the second straight year, the Des Moines Menace’s Open Cup journey begins with a May 15 match against a National Premier Soccer League team from Wisconsin.
 
Des Moines’ Premier Development League side advanced to the second round of the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, with a wild, 3-1 overtime win at Milwaukee. This time around, the Menace opens at home – four days ahead of the team’s regular-season home opener.
 
The winner between the Madison 56ers and the Menace – the only Open Cup action tomorrow, and the first-ever meeting between these clubs – earns a second-round match at pro side Minnesota United F.C. on May 21.
 
A year ago, Minnesota (North American Soccer League) ousted Des Moines, 2-0, in the cup’s second round.
 
 
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup: Madison 56ers at Des Moines Menace
Date and Time: Wednesday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf field) in West Des Moines, Iowa
 
 
Eying the organization’s first Open Cup home win since 2006, Des Moines is 8-7 in seven previous appearances. This includes a 5-4 mark at home, including cup losses at Valley Stadium in each of the last three years.
 
ABOUT THE MENACE
-       Opened the PDL season with a 1-1 draw on Springfield on Saturday (May 11)
-       Finished 8-5-3 in 2012, missing the Heartland Division’s second and final playoff spot by a single point to Real Colorado (8-4-4).
-       Is under the direction of a new general manager (Matt Homonoff) and head coach (Mike Jeffries). The last time Des Moines did this, in 2005, the team ended the season as PDL champion (GM Alan Oatsvall and coach Casey Mann).
-       Welcomes back eight returners, including three Iowans who have spent multiple years with the team: Charlie Bales (hometown: Cedar Rapids; 2011-2013 with Menace), Brandon Fricke (Grimes; 2010-13) and Husref Jupic (Johnston; 2010-13).
 
 ABOUT THE 56ERS
-       Open 2013, after a 17-6 season as 2012 champions of the National Premier Soccer League’s Midwest Region; claimed third place in the NPSL last year.
-       Head coach Jim Launder led the University of Wisconsin-Madison to their only NCAA Division-I championship, in 1995.
-       Are looking to advance to the second round of the Open Cup for the second time in three years.
-       Feature 17 returning players, with a roster that includes Creighton forward Carlos McCrary, who played for the Menace in the 2012 cup.
 
LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP
-       Celebrates its 100th year, is the oldest and most storied running soccer tournament in American soccer.
-       Is a single-loss elimination style tournament with 68 teams – the most in the event’s history.
-       Welcomes the country’s 16 Major League Soccer teams in the third round (May 28).
-       The winner receives $250,000 and a berth in the CONCACAF Champions League; runner-up gets $60,000; last amateur team left standing receives $15,000.
 
MENACE IN THE OPEN CUP
-       Making its fourth straight appearance in the U.S. Open Cup and eighth overall.
-       Is 8-7 all-time in the national tournament.
-       The team has a coach, a front-office member and a player who have each been part of Open Cup championship teams:
o    Head coach Mike Jefferies won the Open Cup as an assistant coach with the Chicago Fire in 1998 and 2000.
o    Menace general manager Matt Homonoff was in the front office of 2008 Open Cup champ D.C. United.
o    Goalkeeper Scott Angevine got a medal as part of Sporting KC, the 2012 champion.
 
COMING UP: PDL HOME OPENER ON SATURDAY
-       On Saturday, May 18, the Menace welcomes WSA Winnipeg for a men’s-women’s doubleheader. The women kick off at 4:30 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30. The first 300 fans will receive magnet schedules.
-       On Saturday, May 25, the men’s and women’s Menace teams will play in St. Louis.
 
RECAP FROM LAST SATURDAY
-       The Menace came away from their season opener with a single point after tying PDL opponent Springfield (Mo.) 1-1 at Cooper Stadium.
-       The lone Menace goal was scored on a volley by David Santamaria, assisted by Taylor Diem in the 29th minute.
-       The Demize’s equalizer came from Mark Heath-Preston in the 83rd minute.
-       MAN of the MATCH, presented by Seneca Companies, went to Goalkeeper Scott Angevine, whose five saves kept the Menace in the match.
 
CELEBRATING 20 SEASONS
-       The Menace has 11 playoff berths and eight Open Cup appearances in the organization’s storied history, with a 181-106-29 from 1994-2012.
-       More than 60 Menace alumni have played professionally, with more than 20 suiting up for Major League Soccer teams
-       To commemorate this anniversary season, the Menace will announce its all-time team, chosen by staff members, with input from the fans.
-       The team invites all former players and coaches to return for a Menace Alumni Night on June 15. During halftime of that night’s match with Thunder Bay, the organization will recognize those who have contributed to the team’s success.
 
 
MENACE HEAD COACH MIKE JEFFRIES
-       Announced by Menace owner Kyle Krause as the team’s new head coach on Jan. 8, 2013.
-       Has more than 20 years’ experience as a professional player and coach.
-       Is assisted by Menace goalkeeping coach Matt Kennedy.
-       His 10-plus years in Major League Soccer include three seasons (2001-03) as head coach of the Dallas Burn and three stints with the Chicago Fire.
-       Was an assistant coach in Chicago from 1998-2000 and from 2008-10; served as the Fire’s director of player personnel from Oct. 2010 until Sept. 2012.
-       Led Dallas to the MLS playoffs in 2001 and 2002 and was nominated for MLS Coach of the Year in 2002.
-       Part of Chicago’s inaugural 1998 team that won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and the MLS Cup; The Fire repeated as Open Cup champ in 2000.
-       Served as a scout for the U.S. Men’s National Team during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
-       A former member of the United States Men’s National Team (1984-85) and the 1983 NCAA Player of the Year (Duke).
-       Played in North America’s top pro ranks from 1984-88. The first pick of the 1983 Major Indoor Soccer League Draft, he played in MISL for the Minnesota Strikers (1984-87) and the Dallas Sidekicks (1988). In the final season of the original North America Soccer League, he scored two goals in 10 matches for the 1984 Minnesota Strikers.
 
 
 
 
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 enters the Women’s Premier Soccer League in 2013, after debuting as the Women’s League Soccer 2012 champions. 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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