WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, June 21, 2013 – Looking to get back to its winning ways, the Des Moines Menace welcomes the Kansas City Brass for a 7:30 tilt tomorrow at Valley Stadium.
The Menace (3-5-1) is overdue for offense, being winless and scoreless at home since its 1-0 victory over WSA Winnipeg on May 18.
A bout with Kansas City (3-2-1) could be what the Menace players need to pull out of their rut. The Menace’s last goals came against the Brass on June 5, in a 5-1 beat-down in Atchison, Kan.
With 10 points apiece, Des Moines and Kansas City are tied for third place in the Premier Development League’s Heartland Division. The Brass has played three fewer matches than the Menace, and gained momentum last night in a 3-2 home win over the Real Colorado Foxes.
Premier Development League regular-season match: Kansas City Brass at Des Moines Menace
Date and Time: Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf field) in West Des Moines, Iowa
ABOUT THE MENACE
- Seeks its first home goal and victory since defeating WSA Winnipeg, 1-0, on May 18.
- Is 3-0-1 when scoring a goal in PDL play; Has been shut out in all five PDL losses.
- Advanced to the third round of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, falling to Sporting Kansas City (Major League Soccer), 2-0, 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).
ABOUT THE BRASS
- Looks to keep momentum from a 3-2 victory over Real Colorado on Thursday.
- Matthew McDevitt leads with four goals; Jordan Rideout is second with two goals.
- Kyle Cumings, a Menace Academy grad from Norwalk who played for the Menace PDL side from 2008-10, has played in two matches for the Brass.
- Is 2-0-0 in road matches this season.
- Is led by third-year head coach Lincoln Roblee, who owns a 13-19-6 all-time mark.
- The Menace scorched the Brass, 5-1, on June 5 in Atchison, Kan.
- Jimmy Tulloch led the scoring parade with a pair of goals, while Nico Wright, Fatai Alabi, and Zac Portillos each added a goal.
- Matthew McDevitt got the Brass’s lone goal on a penalty kick in the 53rd minute.
- The Menace also holds the all-time series lead, 26-12-1.
- Starting July 7, 2007, the Menace has gone 15-1-1 against the Brass.
- Des Moines has won its last 11 home matches with Kansas City, racking up a scoring margin of 40-7. The Brass’s last win in Des Moines came on July 3, 2004.
- The Menace hosts participants from the US Youth Soccer Region II Championships – an event hosted by the Iowa Soccer Association. More than 200 top-flight U13-U19 boys and girls teams from 14 state associations are competing in the Midwest Regionals, from Saturday through Wednesday.
- The Menace women open a doubleheader, with a 4:30 p.m. match against the Quad City Eagles.
- Saturday’s presenting sponsor is Sterling Hotel and Suites.
UP NEXT: EXHIBITION FOR A CAUSE
- The Menace returns to Valley Stadium for an exhibition with Twin Cities BK next Saturday (June 29) at 7:30.
- The Menace hosts the 2013 Iowa High School All-Star Games, presented by Soccer Connections. Girls will kick off at 2:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 4:30.
- On June 29, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Des Moines Menace Blood Drive will be set up in the Valley Parking Lot. All participants receive a free Menace T-shirt and complimentary game ticket.
- Des Moines welcomes supporters of Megan’s Legacy, a charity run by the family of the late Megan Hoogeveen, who lost her battle to Hemophagocytic Lymphohisiocystosis (HLH) on June 29, 2011. The group’s mission is to raise money and awareness for HLH.
RECAP FROM LAST WEEKEND
- The Menace dropped a pair of 2-0 matches against Thunder Bay last Friday and Saturday.
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 70 Menace alumni have played professionally, with more than 25 suiting up for Major League Soccer teams
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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