The Menace hosted WSA Winnipeg on May 18, winning 1-0. Photo credit: Jonathan Krueger
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Thursday, May 30, 2013 – Returning to action just 48 hours after playing in a Major League Soccer venue, the Des Moines Menace dives back into the Premier Development League schedule.
The Menace takes the pitch tonight against a familiar WSA Winnipeg squad, only 12 days after Des Moines beat the Manitobans, 1-0, at Valley Stadium. Des Moines’ Canadian tour continues on Saturday, with a rivalry match against the Thunder Bay Chill.
On Tuesday, the Menace took on MLS power Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. After falling behind in the 12th minute, Des Moines hung with the pros but was unable to find an offensive rhythm. Sporting KC eliminated the Menace from the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, 2-0.
Premier Development League regular-season match: Des Moines Menace at WSA Winnipeg
Date and Time: Thursday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m. CDT
Venue: Winnipeg Outdoor Soccer Complex (turf field) in Winnipeg, Canada
ABOUT THE MENACE
- Has earned a 1-1-1 record in PDL play this season. The team’s most recent league match was a 1-0 loss at St. Louis on May 25.
- Plays its fourth match in 10 days, starting the second half of six straight road matches.
- David Santamaria (May 11) and Taylor Diem (May 18) are the only Menace players to score in 2013 PDL action.
- 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
- Has yet to secure a point in PDL matches this season (0-3-0 record).
- All losses have been by one goal (a pair of 2-1 losses to Thunder Bay last weekend and 1-0 at Des Moines).
- Moses Danto has scored both of WSA Winnipeg’s goals.
- Eduardo Badescu, a former Winnipeg Fury player, has coached all three of the franchise’s PDL seasons collecting a 6-12-17 record during his time.
- The Menace defeated Winnipeg 1-0 in the teams’ PDL opener on May 18 at Valley Stadium. Taylor Diem headed in the only goal, assisted by a corner kick from Jimmy Tulloch.
- Des Moines has yet to lose to WSA, acquiring a 6-0-1 record and outscoring the Canadians 20-7 in a series that started in 2011.
- WSA’s only non-loss (a 2-2 draw) against Des Moines came on June 2, 2012 at Winnipeg Soccer Complex. Late goals by Risto Laetti and Jeffrey Kyei salvaged a tie for the Menace, which had won 4-1 the previous night.
UP NEXT: CANADIAN ROAD TRIP CONTINUES
- The Menace takes the 440-mile trek across Ontario to invade Thunder Bay in the rivals’ first bout this season.
- After its third road match in five days, Des Moines travels to Atchison, Kan., on June 5 to play the Kansas City Brass.
- The team’s next home action is Saturday, June 8 against Springfield. This 7:30 p.m. match on Youth Soccer Night opens a stretch of five straight home tilts in June.
RECAP FROM SPORTING PARK
- Des Moines’ Open Cup run came to an end before an audience of 15,621 in the magnificent Sporting Park with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of MLS power Sporting Kansas City.
- Star forwards Kei Kamara and Claudio Bieler each tallied goals in the victory.
- The Menace went 2-1 in the Open Cup this year with wins over amateur club Madison and pro side Minnesota.
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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