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Arch-rival Chill invades for two

 
 
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Thursday, June 13, 2013One rival comes in riding a five-game winning streak and sitting atop the Premier Development League’s Heartland Division. The other is fighting for playoff contention.
 
The stage is set for this Friday-Saturday doubleheader between the undefeated Thunder Bay Chill (5-0-0) and the Des Moines Menace (3-3-1) at Valley Stadium.
               
These matches come at a pivotal moment for the Menace, a team that has alternated wins and losses since a season-opening draw. With half the PDL schedule played and just a 3-3-1 record to show for it, Des Moines finds itself in a less-than-optimal position.
 
Taking two games and six points away from the division front-runner would get Des Moines back in the thick of the hunt for one of the division’s two playoff berths.
 
Head coach Mike Jeffries and the Menace are ready to put their last game behind them. The team is coming off a 1-0 loss to Springfield last Saturday – the franchise’s first non-win in eight home matches against the Demize.
 

 
Premier Development League regular-season match: Thunder Bay Chill at Des Moines Menace
Date and Time: Friday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf field) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Promotion: Bobblehead Night (first 1,000 fans)
 
 
Premier Development League regular-season match: Thunder Bay Chill at Des Moines Menace
Date and Time: Saturday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf field) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Promotion: Blackout Night (fans wearing black get $5 tickets)
 
 
 
ABOUT THE MENACE
-       Seeks to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to the Springfield Demize last Saturday.
-       Has scored 11 goals in PDL play, Jimmy Tulloch (two) is the only player to net multiple scores.
-       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 updated roster: www.MenaceSoccer.com/men/roster
 
ABOUT THE CHILL
-       Is undefeated in PDL play (5-0-0) and sitting atop the Heartland Division
-       Starting June 1 against Des Moines, has gone three straight matches without allowing a goal.
-       Is led in scoring (three goals apiece) by forward Sunny Omoregieby and veteran defender Nolan Intermoia, a member of the current PDL Team of the Week.
-       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 118-86-22 all-time.
 
PREVIOUS MEETING
-       The Chill opened its home schedule on June 1 by shutting out the Menace, 2-0.
-       Des Moines managed just two shots on frame; Pedro Adan and Paul Dillon scored for the Chill.
 
ALL-TIME SERIES
-       Des Moines leads the all-time series, 22-21-4.
-       The home side is 9-2-1 in the rivals’ last 12 meetings, with the Menace claiming a 2-1-1 record at Valley in the last two seasons.
-       Thunder Bay has been in control lately with an 8-2-2 mark and a 27-10 scoring advantage over the Menace in the last three seasons.
 
A .500 PATTERN
-       The Menace has fallen into an up-and-down pattern in PDL play. Since a season-opening tie, the team’s PDL results have been: win, loss, win, loss, win, loss.
-       The Menace has not scored in consecutive league matches since the streak began.
 
THIS WEEKEND’S PROMOTIONS
-       On Friday, the first 1,000 fans receive a bobblehead likeness of Menace mascot Maniac.
-       On Saturday, fans wearing black get in for $5. The Menace women open the action on Blackout Night, with a 4:30 p.m. exhibition against Iowa Rush.
 
UP NEXT: HOME STAND CONTINUES
-       The Menace stays at home for the next two weekends and four of the next five to wrap up the season.
-       Des Moines faces the Kansas City Brass next Saturday (June 22) at 7:30 as part of a doubleheader with the Menace women.
 
RECAP FROM LAST SATURDAY
-       The Menace fell to the Springfield Demize, 1-0, at Valley Stadium.
-       It was Springfield’s first-ever victory on Des Moines’ home-turf.
-       Eric Martin volleyed in the match’s lone goal in the 86th minute.
-       The Menace was shut out despite launching 15 shots in the game.
 
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 has announced its all-time team, chosen by staff members, with input from the fans.
 
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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