Jimmy Tulloch scored two goals in the Menace's 5-1 win at Kansas City on Wednesday. Photo credit: Pat Ward
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, June 7, 2013 – A four-weekend home stand is a welcome sight for the Des Moines Menace.
Tomorrow, the Menace (3-2-1) has its first of five straight home matches, welcoming a Springfield (Mo.) Demize (1-1-1) team that fought back for a draw with Des Moines earlier this year. This is the Menace’s first home action in three weeks.
Des Moines returns from a six-game road swing that sent the team throughout the Midwest and into Canada during a two-and-a-half-week stretch. During this stretch, the Menace earned a 2-2 record in Premier Development League matches and went 1-1 against professional teams in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Saturday is Youth Soccer Night with the Menace. All youth-soccer players, coaches, and referees get into Valley Stadium for free. The Menace women open with a 4:30 p.m. match against the Madison 56ers.
Premier Development League regular-season match: Springfield (Mo.) Demize at Des Moines Menace
Date and Time: Saturday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf field) in West Des Moines, Iowa
ABOUT THE MENACE
- Seeks to build on its 5-1 triumph over Kansas City Brass on Wednesday.
- Has a balanced offensive attack; Jimmy Tulloch, who scored twice on Wednesday, is the team’s only multi-goal scorer in PDL play.
- 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 June 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 DEMIZE
- Looks to rebound from a 2-0 home defeat to the Kansas City Brass on Monday.
- Has received goals from four different players, topped by Eric Martin (two goals).
- Has yet to play a road match.
- Is led by first-year head coach Sean Fraser, formerly a professional soccer player with the Edmonton Drillers of the Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League.
MENACE VS. DEMIZE IN 2013
- Home-side Springfield scored late to salvage a 1-1 draw on May 11 in the teams’ season opener.
- The lone Menace goal came from a volley by David Santamaria in the 29th minute.
- Springfield got the equalizer on a counter-attack by Mark Heath-Preston in the 86th minute.
- This is the teams’ second and final meeting of 2013.
- The Menace also holds the all-time series 13-1-1.
- Des Moines is perfect at home against the Demize, with a 7-0-0 record and a scoring advantage of 32-2.
- The Menace is 2-1-1 in its last four meetings with the Demize, after winning the first 11 encounters.
- The Menace has five straight home games to finish out June, including four PDL matches and an exhibition with Twin Cities BK.
- Des Moines has played only one of its first six PDL matches on friendly ground.
- The Menace has six of its final eight PDL matches at Valley Stadium.
- The Menace went 5-1-2 at Valley Stadium last season, following a 7-1-0 home mark in 2011.
- On Saturday, the Menace celebrates Youth Soccer Night. All youth-soccer players, coaches and referees will be admitted to the game free of charge.
- All YMCA of Greater Des Moines members will also be admitted free, when they show proof of membership.
UP NEXT: HOME SWEEET HOME
- The Menace returns to Valley Stadium for back-to-back matches against arch-rival Thunder Bay next Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15.
- Bobblehead Night strikes on Friday, June 14, with the first 1,000 fans receiving a limited-edition Maniac (mascot) bobblehead.
- On Saturday, June 15, the Menace looks to blackout the stadium with five dollar tickets for anyone wearing black. Des Moines will also be celebrating Menace Alumni Night.
RECAP FROM WEDNESDAY
- The Menace secured its third PDL victory Saturday, thrashing the Brass, 5-1, in Atchison, Kan.
- Jimmy Tulloch scored twice, with Nico Wright, Fatai Alabi, and Zac Portillos each also scoring.
- The Menace found an offensive rhythm, launching 11 shots on frame and spending the majority of the game on Kansas City’s half of the pitch.
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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