Nico Wright (right) has scored in each of the Menace's two wins over the Kansas City Brass. Photo credit: Molly Ward
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Tuesday, July 9, 2013 – As the Des Moines Menace travels to its final road match of the Premier Development League regular season, every player on the team knows that winning tonight in Overland Park, Kan., is an absolute must.
The Menace (5-5-1) goes into its 7 p.m. match with the Kansas City Brass looking to finish a season sweep. Des Moines has already defeated Kansas City on the road (5-1 on June 5) and at home (1-0 on June 22).
With Thunder Bay securing one of the Heartland division’s two playoff berths, Des Moines finds itself in a three-team race for the final spot. Trailing Real Colorado (7-2-1, 22 points) by just six points, Des Moines needs a win against the fourth-place Brass (4-5-1, 13 points) to stay relevant in the postseason discussion.
Mike Jeffries’ side enters the game riding its first PDL winning streak of the season. The team closes with matches at Valley Stadium: this Saturday against Real Colorado and the following Saturday (July 20) against St. Louis.
Premier Development League regular-season match: Des Moines Menace at Kansas City Brass
Date and Time: Tuesday, July 9 at 7 p.m. CDT
Venue: Overland Park Soccer Complex (turf field) in Overland Park, Kansas
ABOUT THE MENACE
- Building on its first back-to-back PDL victories this season, 1-0 over Kansas City on June 22 and 1-0 against St. Louis on July 6.
- Is led in scoring by Jimmy Tulloch with four goals and two assists.
- Is 5-0-1 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
- Split a weekend series in Winnipeg, winning, 3-2, last Saturday and falling, 4-6, on Sunday.
- Scoring leader Matt McDevitt is tied for 11th in the PDL with 17 points (eight goals and an assist).
- Sits in fourth-place in the Heartland Division, three points behind Des Moines.
- Is led by third-year head coach Lincoln Roblee, who holds a 14-22-6 all-time record.
- The Menace looks to continue its success against Kansas City, after defeating the Brass, 5-1, on June 5 in Atchison, Kan., and at Valley Stadium, 1-0, on June 22.
- Jamaican comrades Jimmy Tulloch and Nico Wright have been Brass-beaters, scoring two goals each against Kansas City, including Wright’s game-winner in the 81st minute on June 22.
- Kansas City’s only goal against the Menace came on a penalty kick by McDevitt.
- Des Moines goalkeeper Scott Angevine has collected two wins against his former PDL team.
- The Menace has dominated the series lately, winning 14 of the last 16 meetings (14-1-1).
- Des Moines has been an unwelcome guest for the Brass, winning six of the last eight games as the visitor (6-1-1).
- When a combined four or more goals are scored, the Menace holds a perfect record since 2007 (10-0-0).
- The Menace leads the all-time series 26-11-1.
PUSH FOR THE PLAYOFFS
- Only the top two teams from the Heartland Division get into the regional playoffs.
- The Menace currently sits in third place, six points behind Real Colorado and three points ahead of the Brass.
- The Menace plays Real Colorado, for the first and only time this season, on Saturday at Valley Stadium.
- Thunder Bay (11-1-0) has secured one of the two playoff spots in the division.
UP NEXT: SEASON-ENDING HOME-STAND
- Des Moines faces Real Colorado at Valley Stadium this Saturday in a 7:30 showdown that could decide the final playoff spot.
- Saturday is “Paint the Stadium Red: Night. Fans wearing red clothing to the match will be admitted for only $5.
RECAP FROM LAST SATURDAY
- The Menace secured its first PDL winning streak in exactly one year, with a 1-0 revenge victory over the St. Louis Lions in St. Peters, Mo.
- Chris Harmon scored the game-winner in the 82nd minute.
- Lions defender Joshua Ward was ejected in the 40th minute and eight cautions were given throughout 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 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 is a member of 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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