Teammates swarm Brandon Fricke (center) after his game-winning goal on May 21. Photo credit: RySiPhoto.com
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Tuesday, May 28, 2013 – With a game-winning header, Des Moines Menace defender Brandon Fricke sent the Menace past pro side Minnesota United FC and into the unexplored territory of Sporting Park.
The historic goal, combined with Fricke’s stringent defense, was enough to land him the honor of being named TheCup.us Player of the Round.
The second-year captain and fourth-year Menace player collected his first Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup goal off a corner kick from Jimmy Tulloch in the 86th minute of last Tuesday’s 1-0 win in St. Paul, Minn. Fricke timed his run perfectly, redirecting the cross just inside the left post, but outside the reach of the extended arms of Minnesota keeper Matt VanOekel.
Fricke edged out Reading United goalkeeper John McCarthy for the honor for round two, with Des Moines teammate Scott Angevine landing third in the voting. The award is voted on by staff of TheCup.us and a select panel from the North American Soccer Reporters.
The Grimes native, who played for Sporting Kansas City’s academy, now leads the Menace to face Sporting KC in Des Moines’ first-ever match in an MLS venue. The third-round Open Cup match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.
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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