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Menace faces must-win against Foxes

Goalkeeper Scott Angevine has posted three straight shutout wins. Photo credit: Lifetouch
 
 
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, July 12, 2013 – With all postseason hopes resting on a single game, the Des Moines Menace must achieve a feat it hasn’t accomplished since 2009.
 
Simply put, the Menace must defeat the Real Colorado Foxes.
 
The Menace (6-5-1) puts its Premier Development League season on the line tomorrow night against the Foxes (7-2-2) in a 7:30 battle at Valley Stadium.
 
In the two sides’ only meeting this season, the Foxes look to secure a second–place finish in the Heartland Division and claim the final berth in the Central Conference playoffs. Real Colorado currently sits four points ahead of Des Moines in the division standings and has three games left to play, compared to the Menace’s two.
 
 
A victory would keep Des Moines’ playoff aspirations alive. But with either a tie or a loss, the Menace would be eliminated from postseason possibility. 
 
Riding a three-match winning streak, the Menace hasn’t allowed a goal in 284 minutes of PDL action.
 
 
Premier Development League regular-season match: Real Colorado Foxes at Des Moines Menace
Date and Time: Saturday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf field) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Promotions: “Paint the Stadium Red:” Wear red, get a $5 ticket
 
 
 
ABOUT THE MENACE
-       Building on season-long three-game winning streak; Has won its last three in shutout fashion
-       Is led in scoring by Nico Wright (three goals), Fatai Alabi, Chris Harmon and Jimmy Tulloch (two each).
-       Is 6-0-1 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).
-       The updated roster: www.MenaceSoccer.com/men/roster
 
ABOUT THE FOXES
-       Coming off a 2-2 draw at Springfield on Thursday.
-       Oliver Gore leads the PDL with 12 goals, including four goals in a 4-3 win over St. Louis on June 2.
-       Has conceded seven goals in six road matches, going 3-2-1 away from home.
-       Is under the leadership of former professional soccer player Stoner Tadlock, in his first year as head coach.
 
ALL-TIME SERIES
-       The Menace leads the all-time series 2-1-4, including a 2-1-2 mark at Valley Stadium
-       The two sides tied three times in the span nine days from June 4-12 during the 2010 season.
-       Des Moines edged Real Colorado for a playoff spot in 2011; The Foxes turned the tables on the Menace last season.
-       In 2009, the Menace defeated the inaugural Foxes twice, including a 2-1 result on July 25 in the PDL playoffs.
 
RACE FOR SECOND PLACE
-       Only the top two teams from the Heartland Division get into the postseason.
-       The Menace sits in third place, four points behind Real Colorado.
-       Des Moines has one game remaining after Saturday: a July 20 showdown with St. Louis at Valley Stadium. Real Colorado closes with back-to-back home bouts against Kansas City on July 20 and 21.
-       A tie or loss to Real Colorado would eliminate the Menace from postseason berth.
-       Thunder Bay (11-1-0) has secured one of the division’s two playoff spots.
 
SATURDAY’S PROMOTIONS
-       Help the Menace “Paint the Stadium Red” by wearing red.
-       All fans wearing red will receive $5 tickets.
-       The gates open at 6:30, and bobbleheads will be handed out while supplies last.
-       The game is presented by Kum & Go.
 
UP NEXT: SEASON-ENDING FAN APPRECIATION MATCH WITH FIREWORKS
-       Des Moines ends its 2013 regular season with a home finale at 7:30 next Saturday against the St. Louis Lions.
-       Last chance to catch home Menace action this season.
-       A fireworks display will follow the match.
-       Special promotions will happen throughout the match.
 
RECAP FROM TUESDAY
-       The Menace extended its winning streak with a 2-0 victory over the Kansas City Brass.
-       Des Moines swept the Brass this season, 3-0, for the second straight year.
-       Nico Wright’s 17th-minute score was his third straight opening-score against Kansas City this season.
-       Fatai Alabi added an insurance goal in the 66th minute.
-       Kansas City ends its season scoring only one goal against the Menace in three games.
 
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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A victory would keep Des Moines’ playoff aspirations alive. But with either a tie or a loss, the Menace would be eliminated from postseason possibility.  


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