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Fricke earns all-league status

 
 
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Wednesday, July 31, 2013 – Talk about elite company.
 
Des Moines Menace captain Brandon Fricke is one of the top 11 performers for the 64-team Premier Development League, which announced the 2013 All-PDL Team this afternoon.
 
The all-league recognition comes one day after the announcement that Fricke is a 2013 all-conference selection. More than 1,200 players suited up for PDL teams this season, and the postseason honors are based on a vote by team management.
  
Since joining the team as an 18-year-old at the end of the 2010 season, Fricke has been a constant, dependable presence in the Menace defense. In four seasons, the Grimes native has logged more than 3,000 minutes in a Menace uniform.
 
In 2013, Fricke collected two goals in 1,147 minutes of PDL action. He scored a monumental goal in the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, earning “Player of the Round” honors for the national tournament. In the 86th minute of a May 21 match at heavily favored Minnesota United FC, Fricke headed in the night’s only score, sending the Menace on to a primetime matchup one week later at Sporting Kansas City. Fricke and the Menace held their own against the reigning Cup champions. They lost 2-0 in the organization’s first-ever match in a Major League Soccer venue – Sporting Park, the site of tonight’s Major League Soccer All-Star Game.
 
Fricke, who prepares for his junior season at Butler, has grown into a leadership role, sporting the captain’s band for his hometown club each of the last two seasons. Last week, he was named the 2013 Defender of the Year for a team that finished 6-6-2.
 
The Menace congratulates Fricke on becoming the franchise’s third player to earn all-league accolades, joining John Sosa (2011) and Tomas Boltnar (2003, 2005, 2006). Three additional Menace players have earned all-conference recognition: Logan McDaniel (2010), Joe Salem (2008) and Danilo Oliveira (2006). The league did not start the annual tradition of naming all-conference teams until 2003.
 
Joining Fricke on the Central Conference’s postseason team – one of four for the PDL – are six opponents from the Heartland Division: WSA Winnipeg’s Tyson Farago and Moses Danto, Thunder Bay’s Nolan Intermoia and Axel Sjoberg, Kansas City’s Jordan Green and Real Colorado’s Oliver Gore. The Great Lakes Division has four members on this team. Fricke and Sjoberg are the conference’s only carryovers to the all-league team.
 
2013 All-PDL Team
GK – Chad Bush, Ottawa Fury
D – Taian de Souza, Panama City Beach Pirates
D – Brandon Fricke, Des Moines Menace
D – Damion Lowe, Reading United AC
D – Axel Sjoberg, Thunder Bay Chill
MF – Paul Islas, Fresno Fuego
MF – Bobby Jhutty, Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23
MF – Jason Plumhoff, Reading United AC
F – Peter Caringi, Baltimore Bohemians
F – Carl Haworth, Ottawa Fury
F – Kristopher Tyrpak, Austin Aztex
 
 
 
2013 PDL Central Conference Team
GK – Tyson Farago, WSA Winnipeg
D – Brandon Fricke, Des Moines Menace
D – Tyler Hemming, Forest City London
D – Nolan Intermoia, Thunder Bay Chill
D – Axel Sjoberg, Thunder Bay Chill
MF – Bryan Ciesiulka, Chicago Fire
MF – Jordan Green, Kansas City Brass
MF – Matt Walker, Michigan Bucks
F – Moses Danto, WSA Winnipeg
F – Oliver Gore, Real Colorado Foxes
F – Zach Steinberger, Michigan Bucks
 
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ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. In its 20th season, the Menace men’s side competes in the 64-team United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL). The Menace’s women’s team played in the 2013 Women’s Premier Soccer League playoffs, 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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