WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Tuesday, June 4, 2013 – For the Des Moines Menace, you could call this “the end of the road.”
In the final stop of a six-match road swing, the Menace travels to Atchison, Kan., tomorrow for a matchup with the Kansas City Brass. In the span of two weeks, the team has traveled to five different venues, facing three Premier Development League opponents, plus two professional sides in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Tomorrow marks the Menace’s last road action in a month. Next up: five straight matches at home, starting Saturday night against Springfield.
Des Moines’ most recent travels sent them north of the border. After an offense-filled 4-1 victory over winless Winnipeg on Thursday, the Menace went scoreless against defending Heartland Division champion Thunder Bay in a 2-0 loss on Saturday.
Premier Development League regular-season match: Des Moines Menace at Kansas City Brass
Date and Time: Wednesday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m. CDT
Venue: Benedictine College Soccer Complex (turf field) in Atchison, Kansas
ABOUT THE MENACE
- Looks to rebound from a 2-0 defeat at PDL rival Thunder Bay last Saturday.
- Has a record of 2-2-1 record in PDL play and 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 May 28.
- 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 BRASS
- Is 2-0-0 to start the season, including a 2-0 win at Springfield (Mo.) last night.
- Has six goals from three different players: Matthew McDevitt (three), Jordan Rideout (two) and Nate Opperman.
- Looks to build on last season’s 5-7-4 record and fifth place finish in the Heartland Division.
- Is led by third-year head coach Lincoln Roblee, who has compiled a 1-5 record against the Menace and 10-17-5 record overall.
- The Menace is 26-11-1 against Kansas City, in a series that began in 1998. This includes a 9-7-1 mark on the road.
- Menace won both matches with the Brass last season, 3-2 (May 19) and 2-1 (June 9) at Valley Stadium.
- Des Moines has found success recently, claiming a 48-17 scoring advantage and going 11-1-1 in the last 13 meetings.
- The Menace has gone 5-1-1 in its last seven matches at Kansas City. The Menace’s last road action against the Brass came more than two years ago (a 5-2 win on June 1, 2011 – one week after losing at Kansas City, 2-1, on May 25).
THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD
- This is Des Moines’ sixth straight road match in 16 days.
- In this time, Des Moines has travelled more than 3,500 miles and journeyed through five states – Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri and North Dakota – and two Canadian provinces – Manitoba and Ontario.
- The Menace has earned a PDL record of 1-2-0 and an Open Cup record of 1-1 during this road action.
UP NEXT: HOME, SWEET HOME
- On Saturday, June 8, the Menace returns home for a doubleheader with the Menace women.
- The women’s game against the Madison 56ers will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by the men’s revenge-match against Springfield (Mo.) at 7:30 p.m.
- The Menace celebrates Youth Soccer Night at Valley Stadium, with all youth players, coaches and referees getting in for free.
- Des Moines stays at home for its next four matches, starting with a rivalry bout with Heartland division front-runner Thunder Bay on Friday, June 14. The first 1,000 fans will receive a Maniac bobble-head. The rivals will play again the following night on Saturday, June 15, for Blackout Night, when fans wearing black get in for $5.
RECAP FROM SATURDAY AT THUNDER BAY
- The Menace was held in check by Thunder Bay in a 2-0 defeat at Fort William Stadium.
- Pedro Adan and Paul Dillon netted goals on set pieces. Dillon assisted Adan’s first-half score with a corner kick, and he made good on a free kick in the second half.
- The teams will meet again for a crucial June 14-15 doubleheader at Valley Stadium.
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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