Scott Angevine looks to send the ball downfield in the Menace's 1-0 Open Cup win at Minnesota on May 21. Photo credit: Necessary Exposure
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Monday, May 27, 2013 – A visit home often brings about a feeling of comfort and relaxation. For Des Moines Menace starting goalkeeper Scott Angevine, those emotions might be missing as the team hits the road for one of the most anticipated matches in Menace history.
The Kansas City, Kan., native prepares to square off against his former team, Sporting Kansas City, tomorrow at Sporting Park.
“There is a little feeling of revenge, I’m not going to lie,” said Angevine. “But I just want to play well.”
2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, third round: Des Moines Menace at Sporting Kansas City
Date and Time: Tuesday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Sporting Park (grass field) in Kansas City, Kan.
The Menace faces Sporting KC in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Premier Development League team earned this coveted trip with a dramatic, 1-0, upset of heavily favored Minnesota United FC (the 2012 finalists in the second-division North American Soccer League) last Tuesday in St. Paul.
Angevine is a product of Sporting KC’s system. As a senior, he led Blue Valley Northwest High School to the 2007 Kansas class-6A state championship. After one year at Northern Illinois, Angevine transferred to Coastal Carolina, where he quickly became a standout for the Chanticleers, all while rising through Sporting’s academy during his summers between college seasons.
Achieving one of his lifelong dreams, Angevine signed with Sporting KC on July 26, 2012. Injuries to Sporting goalies Eric Kronberg, Jon Kempin and Scott Spangler opened the door.
After signing his month-long deal, Angevine did not see any league action for his hometown team, which went on to win last year’s Open Cup. He backed up 2012 MLS Goalie of the Year Jimmy Nielsen, who played every minute during this stretch.
Angevine went on to spend short stints on the rosters of the Columbus Crew (as an understudy to Menace alum Andy Gruenebaum) and the Portland Timbers. He served as an MLS pool keeper – a goalie who trains with a particular team, but is available for use by any club that needs him.
Joining the Menace this spring, Angevine had no idea that his journey would take him back to play against the team he had grown up watching.
“It’s definitely going to be a weird feeling returning to that stadium for the opposing side,” Angevine said. “But everything happens for a reason, and I’m happy to be playing with the team I’m with.”
With help from a solid defensive unit led by Sporting Academy alum Brandon Fricke, Angevine has claimed clean sheets in both rounds of the Open Cup and has held his last three opponents scoreless. He has a 0.25 goals against average in four appearances this season.
“The team is very excited to pit themselves against MLS talent,” said Angevine. “Almost everyone here wants to play on that level.”
Menace intern Jordan Guy, a student at Iowa State University, wrote this story.