WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, June 28, 2013 – A break from its Premier Development League schedule allows the Des Moines Menace to play an exhibition with a great cause.
Fresh off its first home victory in over a month, the Menace (4-5-1 PDL) hosts the Twin Cities BK Voyageurs in a 7:30 exhibition match tomorrow night at Valley Stadium. This match helps raise awareness and money for Hemophagocytic LymphoHistiocytosis (HLH), a rare but potentially fatal blood condition.
Wrapping up a five-match home stand, tomorrow’s exhibition comes a week after a 1-0 Menace win over Kansas City. On June 22, Nico Wright’s 81st-minute header ended the Menace’s home scoring drought. Regaining relevance in the race for one of the Heartland Division’s two playoff berths, Des Moines faces four must-win matches in the final month of the season.
Exhibition match: Twin Cities BK Voyageurs at Des Moines Menace
Date and Time: Saturday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf field) in West Des Moines, Iowa
ABOUT THE MENACE
- Looks to keep momentum from its 1-0 victory over Kansas City on June 22.
- Is 4-0-1 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 VOYAGEURS
- In its first season, with aspirations of joining the PDL.
- Is coached by former Menace player Donny Mark (2001), one of more than 70 Des Moines alumni who have played professionally. Mark, who earned an NCAA championship with Connecticut in 2000, played for four pro teams from 2001-04: the Minnesota Thunder, the Carolina Dynamo and clubs in China and Australia.
- Is a charitable organization run by the family of the late Megan Hoogeveen, who lost her battle with HLH on June 29, 2011.
- Focused on raising money and awareness for HLH.
DES MOINES MENACE BLOOD DRIVE
- The first-ever Menace Blood Drive is run by LifeServe Blood Center,from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Valley Stadium parking lot.
- Participants will receive a free Menace T-shirt and a complimentary game ticket.
- The 2:30 p.m. girls East-West Cup will begin the triple header at Valley, followed by the 4:30 boys East-West cup. Both all-star matches are presented by Soccer Connections.
- Hussmann Industries is the presenting sponsor of the 7:30 Menace game.
UP NEXT: LAST AWAY GAMES
- Des Moines will travel to St. Louis for a 5 p.m. showdown with the Lions next Saturday, July 6.
- The Menace returns to the road after spending four straight weekends playing at Valley Stadium.
- The Menace travel to Kansas City to battle the Brass on Tuesday, July 9.
RECAP FROM LAST SATURDAY
- The Menace ended their three-game skid with a 1-0 victory over the Kansas City Brass at Valley Stadium.
- Nico Wright headed in the lone goal off a service from Shadow Sebele in the 81st minute.
- Wright’s goal was the first Menace goal at home in just over 400 minutes.
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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