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Menace clashes with Lions

Jimmy Tulloch has a goal or assist in each of the Menace's last three outings. Photo credit: Jonathan Krueger
 
 
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, May 24, 2013 – In another Premier Development League bout sandwiched by Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches, the Des Moines Menace attempts to tame the St. Louis Lions tomorrow at 5 p.m. in St. Peters, Mo.
 
Four days after earning an upset win over pro side Minnesota United FC in the Open Cup’s second round, the Menace looks to gain three valuable points in league play. Tomorrow’s match is the second of six straight road matches for Des Moines.
 
On the horizon for head coach Mike Jeffries’ team: a highly anticipated, third-round Open Cup match against Major League Soccer’s Sporting KC in Kansas City, Kan., on Tuesday, May 28.
 
 
Premier Development League regular-season match: Des Moines Menace at St. Louis Lions
Date and Time: Saturday, May 25 at 5:00 p.m. CDT
Venue: Tony Glavin Soccer Complex (grass) in St. Peters, Mo.
 
 
 
ABOUT THE MENACE
-       Looking to build on its recent wins over WSA Winnipeg and Minnesota United FC.
-       Is 1-0-1 in the PDL and 2-0 in the U.S. Open Cup. All three wins have come by 1-0 counts.
-       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).
-       The updated roster: www.MenaceSoccer.com/men/roster
 
 
ABOUT THE LIONS
-       Have lost both PDL matches this season, allowing opponents four goals in each.
-       Looking to bounce back from a 3-11-2 record and last-place finish in the PDL Heartland Division a year ago.
-       Head coach Tony Glavin, in his eighth season as coach, has a 42-45-27 record with St. Louis.
 
 
ALL-TIME SERIES
-       Des Moines leads the all-time series, 5-4-8, including 3-2-4 at St. Louis
-       Against the Lions in 2012, the Menace won a pair of 4-1 matches (at home on May 12 and at St. Louis on July 15) and dropped a 2-1 decision at St. Louis on May 26.
-       Des Moines has dominated the series lately, winning five of the teams’ last six meetings.
 
 
UP NEXT: SPORTING KC IN SPORTING PARK
-       On Tuesday, May 28, the Menace head to the awe-inspiring Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., to battle Sporting KC of Major League Soccer in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
-       The Menace plays its first-ever match in an MLS venue.
-       Sporting KC, the reigning Open Cup champion, is 6-4-3, heading into a Sunday showdown with MLS Eastern Conference foe Houston (6-4-2) at Sporting Park.
-       Out of 16 PDL teams that entered the 68-team tournament, only four remain: Des Moines, Tucson FC (Ariz.), Ocean City (N.J.) and Reading (Penn.).
 
MENACE GOALKEEPERS TO PLAY IN FRONT OF HOMETOWN FANS
-       St. Louis native Mark Pais, a recent Tulsa grad and Des Moines’ No. 2 goalkeeper, is set to make his Menace debut tomorrow.
-       Scott Angevine, from Kansas City, Kan., will play against his former professional club on Tuesday. Angevine was on the roster for Sporting KC in 2012.
 
RECAP FROM TUESDAY
-       The Menace pulled the upset over the heavily favored pro side Minnesota United FC, 1-0, in the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
-       Brandon Fricke headed in the lone goal in the 86th minute off a corner by Jimmy Tulloch.
-       Scott Angevine collected five saves in the shutout.
 
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.
 
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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