Albert Edward, shown on the attack against Sporting KC on Tuesday, assisted Husref Jupic for the final score of a 4-1 win at Winnipeg last night. Photo credit: Jonathan Krueger
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, May 31, 2013 – The Canadian highway from Winnipeg, Man., to Thunder Bay, Ont., stretches 440 miles. The Des Moines Menace hopes it connects the team from one Premier Development League victory to another.
After burying WSA Winnipeg, 4-1, last night, the Menace makes eastbound tracks today for a Saturday-night bout with the rival Thunder Bay Chill. Des Moines (2-1-1, seven points) looks to expand its one-point lead over Thunder Bay (2-0-0) – the Heartland Division’s champions for five of the last six seasons.
Chris Harmon, Brandon Fricke and Karl Chester scored in the opening 11 minutes last night, leading the way in the Menace’s first win in three PDL road matches. Husref Jupic capped the scoring with a late goal, and Des Moines launched 13 shots on frame against an overmatched Winnipeg side.
Des Moines seeks its first win in Thunder Bay since 2009, when the Menace went on to claim the division title and advance to the PDL’s elite eight.
Premier Development League regular-season match: Des Moines Menace at Thunder Bay Chill
Date and Time: Saturday, June 1 at 6:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Fort William Stadium (turf field) in Thunder Bay, Canada
ABOUT THE MENACE
- Seeking to build on its 4-1 win over WSA Winnipeg on Thursday.
- In PDL play, has scored six goals – each from a different player.
- Advanced to the third round of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – a run that ended with a 2-0 loss at Sporting Kansas City (Major League Soccer) on Tuesday.
- 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 THE CHILL
- Opened the season with a pair of 2-1 victories at WSA Winnipeg last weekend.
- Has received goals from four different players.
- Looks to repeat recent success, including a 13-2-1 record last season and Heartland Division crowns in five of the last six seasons. Won the PDL title in 2008 and finished second in 2010.
- Head coach Tony Colistro, the only head coach in the Chill’s history (2000-present), is 112-86-22 all-time.
- The Menace went 1-2-1 against Thunder Bay last season while being outscored 8-4.
- Des Moines leads the all-time rivalry 22-20-4, though the team is 9-13-3 in matches at Thunder Bay.
- Thunder Bay has been in control lately with a 7-2-2 mark and a 25-10 scoring advantage over the Menace in the past three seasons.
- The Menace plays just one match in Thunder Bay this season, marking only the second time (2000) in the all-time series that the Menace goes up to Thunder Bay for a stand-alone match. These teams have played doubleheaders in Thunder Bay each season from 2001-12.
- In two weeks, the Menace hosts the Chill for a Friday-Saturday doubleheader at Valley Stadium (June 14-15).
A LONG WAY FROM HOME
- The Menace has traveled more than 2,750 miles since starting their road swing on May 21, including over 1,500 miles in the past five days.
- Des Moines has journeyed through five states – Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri and North Dakota – and two Canadian provences – Manitoba and Ontario.
- The Menace has earned a 2-2 record during this voyage.
UP NEXT: BACK TO KC, START OF HOME STAND
- On Wednesday (June 5), Des Moines finishes its longest road trip of the season with a return to the Kansas City area – this time for a PDL match in Atchison, Kan., against the Kansas City Brass.
- The Menace returns home to Valley Stadium for a five-game home stand, starting with a grudge match against Springfield (Mo.) on Saturday, June 8at 7:30 p.m.
RECAP FROM THURSDAY
- The Menace struck early and often, bulging the net three times in the opening 11 minutes of the match, defeating WSA Winnipeg 4-1.
- Chris Harmon, Brandon Fricke and Karl Chester unleashed the early scoring onslaught with Husref Jupic adding an insurance goal in the 86th minute.
- Goalkeeper Mark Pais collected his first win for the Des Moines.
RECAP FROM TUESDAY
- Before an audience of 15,621 in the magnificent Sporting Park (Kansas City, Kan.), Des Moines’ run in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup came to an end with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of MLS power Sporting Kansas City.
- Star forwards Kei Kamara and Claudio Bieler 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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