Sean Hoek (center), Nico Wright and the Menace are coming off a win in the first round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Photo credit: Jonathan Krueger
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, May 17, 2013 – Fresh off a confidence-boosting win in the first round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the Des Moines Menace is poised to host WSA Winnipeg tomorrow.
The Menace looks to add three valuable points to its Premier Development League resume, one week after a disappointing draw in its league opener at Springfield (Mo.). The team’s first regular-season home action is sandwiched by a pair of Open Cup matches that come less than a week apart.
In the Cup’s opening round, Des Moines defeated Madison (amateur National Premier Soccer League), 1-0, on Wednesday at Valley Stadium. The victory set the stage for a round-two bout at Minnesota (professional North American Soccer League) on Tuesday (May 21), with the winner advancing to play at Major League Soccer’s Sporting Kansas City one week later.
Premier Development League regular-season match: WSA Winnipeg at Des Moines Menace
Date and Time: Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf field) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Doubleheader: The Menace women open at 4:30, with an exhibition against WSA Winnipeg.
ABOUT THE MENACE
- Seeking its first regular-season win of the young season (0-0-1 PDL).
- 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).
- Began 2013 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).
ABOUT WSA WINNIPEG
- Coming off a 3-8-5 season in which they finished sixth in the seven team Heartland Division of the Premier Development League.
- Eduardo Badescu, a former Winnipeg Fury player, has coached all three of the franchise’s PDL seasons.
- Have 15 players originally from Winnipeg including six who went through the World Soccer Academy (WSA).
- The Menace won (4-1) and drew (2-2) at Winnipeg last June, in the teams’ only 2012 meetings.
- Des Moines is undefeated (5-0-1) against Winnipeg in a series that began with the Menace taking a four-game sweep in the Canadian side’s inaugural 2011 season.
- Des Moines has outscored Winnipeg, 19-7, in six encounters.
- Fans get two games for the price of one, as the Menace women open their schedule with a 4:30 p.m. exhibition against WSA Winnipeg.
- The matches are presented by Vitamin Water and Powerade, and the first 300 fans receive magnet schedules.
UP NEXT: Open Cup Round 2
- On Tuesday, May 21, Des Moines will be invading Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium (St. Paul, Minn.) to battle pro side Minnesota United FC in the second round of the Lamer Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
- The Menace seeks vengeance after coming up short against Minnesota (2-0) last season at Valley Stadium, also in the second round of the Open Cup.
- Minnesota features Menace alumni Justin Davis (2007-08) and Luis Piffer (2010-12).
- A victory in Minnesota would set up a showdown with Major League Soccer’s Sporting KC on May 28.
RECAP FROM WEDNESDAY
- The Menace won its first Open Cup home match since 2006, topping the Madison 56ers, 1-0, at home. Des Moines, which had lost home Cup matches each of the last three years, is 9-7 all-time in the national tournament.
- Jimmy Tulloch headed in the match’s lone goal, from just outside the six-yard box in the 50th minute.
- Coach Jeffries collected his first win as Menace head coach.
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 record 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.
Des Moines Menace 2013 PDL Schedule (0-0-1)
Saturday, May 11 at Springfield Demize T, 1-1
Wednesday, May 15 Madison 56ers (OC) W, 1-0
Saturday, May 18 WSA Winnipeg 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Tuesday, May 21 at Minnesota United FC 7 p.m. at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium
Saturday, May 25 at St. Louis Lions 5 p.m. at Tony Glavin Soccer Complex
Tuesday, May 28 or Wednesday, May 29 U.S. Open Cup, third round
Thursday, May 30 at WSA Winnipeg 7 p.m. at Winnipeg Indoor Soccer
Saturday, June 1 at Thunder Bay Chill 6:30 p.m. at Chapples Park
Wednesday, June 5 at Kansas City Brass 7 p.m. at Benedictine College
Saturday, June 8 Springfield Demize 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Tuesday, June 11 or Wednesday, June 12 U.S. Open Cup, fourth round
Friday, June 14 Thunder Bay Chill 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, June 15 Thunder Bay Chill 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, June 22 Kansas City Brass 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, June 29 Twin Cities BK (E) 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, July 6 at St. Louis Lions 5 p.m. at Tony Glavin Soccer Complex
Tuesday, July 9 at Kansas City Brass 7 p.m. at Overland Park Soccer Complex
Saturday, July 13 Real Colorado Foxes 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, July 20 St. Louis Lions 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
All game times are central
Tentative games are italicized
OC = Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
E = Exhibition
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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