WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, June 21, 2013 – Elite youth-soccer teams from across the Midwest descend upon Des Moines this weekend. For the first time since 2007, our community hosts the US Youth Soccer Region II Championships, welcoming more than 200 teams from 14 state associations.
Hosted by the Iowa Soccer Association, the action opens tomorrow at Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines and Hidden Valley Soccer Complex in West Des Moines.
This is one of four regional championships that make up the 2013 US Youth Soccer National Championship Series – the country’s oldest and most prestigious national youth soccer tournament.
Schedule, maps and general information
Social Event this Saturday
All participants are invited to the Des Moines Menace’s doubleheader on Saturday at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines. The Menace women play the Quad City Eagles at 4:30 p.m., followed by the men’s 7:30 match against the Kansas City Brass. The teams compete in the Women’s Premier Soccer League and the Premier Development League.
The US Youth Soccer Region II Championships’ players, coaches, team managers, referees and volunteers will all receive a free ticket to Saturday’s Menace games. These complimentary tickets will be distributed at check-in.
Thank you to many dedicated people who are making this possible, including members of the Iowa Soccer Association, the Des Moines Area Sports Commission (part of the Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau) and the US Youth Soccer Regionals Local Host Organizing Committee.
Best wishes to the event’s approximately 4,000 players and coaches with us from the following state associations: Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio North, Ohio South, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The Menace Academy has two teams among this select group: the U13 boys and U18 boys, both reigning Iowa State Cup championship teams coached by Tomas Boltnar.
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. In 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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Featuring top U13-U19 boys and girls teams, the regional action’s pool play goes from Saturday through Monday, followed by semifinals on Tuesday and regional champions on Wednesday. The age-group winners go on to the US Youth Soccer National Championship, set for July 23-28 in Overland Park, Kan.