Robby Thomas (left) and captain Zev Taublieb (right) close in on the ball in the Menace's 2-1 exhibition win over Twin Cities BK on June 29. Photo credit: Ally Fillmore
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, July 5, 2013 – It’s full throttle for the Des Moines Menace, as it pushes for the second and final playoff spot in the Premier Development League’s Heartland Division.
In its first road action in a month, the Menace (4-5-1) travels to St. Peters, Mo., for a 5 p.m. match with the St. Louis Lions tomorrow evening.
The Menace seeks vengeance against the Lions, after St. Louis dealt Des Moines its first loss (1-0) of the season on May 25 at Tony Glavin Soccer Complex.
St. Louis (3-6-1) comes into its matchup with third-place Des Moines, riding a favorable streak, having taken down the division’s first- and second-place teams in the past two weeks. The Lions defeated Real Colorado, 1-0, on June 22 and broke up Thunder Bay’s perfect record with a 3-2 victory over the Chill on June 30.
With only the top two teams from the Heartland advancing to the PDL playoffs, the Menace finds itself three points behind Real Colorado (5-2-1, 16 points), despite playing two more games, and just a single point ahead of Springfield (3-3-4, 12 points) in the division standings. Of the four remaining games for the Menace, one is against Real Colorado and one is at fourth place Kansas City (3-4-1, 10 points).
Premier Development League regular-season match: Des Moines Menace at St. Louis Lions
Date and Time: Saturday, July 6 at 5:00 p.m. CDT
Venue: Tony Glavin Soccer Complex (grass field) in St. Peters, Mo.
ABOUT THE MENACE
- Building on 1-0 victory over Kansas City Brass on July 22.
- Looks to win second straight PDL match for first time this season.
- 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 LIONS
- Carrying momentum from wins over Thunder Bay and Real Colorado.
- Has 13 total goals on the season from 9 different players, led by Vadim Cojocov with three.
- Cojocov earned a PDL Team of the Week nod last week after his two-goal performance against the previously unblemished Thunder Bay.
- Coached by Tony Glavin in his eighth season with a 45-51-28 all-time record.
- The Menace looks to avenge its 1-0 loss to the Lions on May 25.
- The lone goal was put in by Johan Sundberg in the 29th minute.
- The Lions found themselves shorthanded after Yannick Noumbi was ejected in the 64th minute and Steven Smith was red-carded in the 84th minute.
- A total of six yellow cards were issued, including one each to the Menace’s Nico Wright (12:00) and Karl Chester (88:00)
- The Menace led the overall series with the Lions, 8-5-4.
- Over the last seven games, the Menace have gone 5-2-0 and outscored the St. Louis 17-8.
- Des Moines has found success when visiting the Lions, tallying a 3-2-1 mark in its last six games as the visitor.
PUSH FOR PLAYOFFS
- Only the top two teams from the Heartland division get into the regional playoffs.
- The Menace currently sits in third place, three points behind Real Colorado and a single point ahead of the Springfield Demize.
- The Menace plays Real Colorado, for the first and only time this season, on July 13 at Valley.
- Real Colorado and Springfield face-off three times in the next seven days.
UP NEXT: LAST ROAD MATCH, SEASON ENDING HOME-STAND
- Des Moines faces the Kansas City Brass in a 7 p.m. match on Tuesday, June 9 at Overland Park Soccer Complex.
- The Menace returns to Valley Stadium to finish the regular season with back-to-back Saturday matches on July 13 and 20.
- Des Moines faces Real Colorado and St. Louis, respectively, to end its regular season.
RECAP FROM LAST SATURDAY
- The Menace scored multiple goals at Valley Stadium for the first time this season, as it knocked off Twin Cities BK, 2-1, in an exhibition match.
- Garrett Halfhill scored in the 36th minute, and Jimmy Tulloch put in the game-winner in the 73rd off a pass from David Santamaria.
- Tyler Tumberg scored the single goal for Twin Cities in the 64th minute.
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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