WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 – The Des Moines Menace has competed in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup each of the last four years. The franchise’s hopes of continuing this streak next year now rest on the shoulders of a team competing in a tournament this fall.
The competition: The National Cups, Region II Open Cup, sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).
On the line: A berth in the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – the century-old national tournament that gives amateur teams like the Menace the chance to face soccer’s professional giants. The two teams that advance into this fall’s eight-team regional tournament are each guaranteed a spot in the 2014 U.S. Open Cup.
Menace fans are invited to Valley Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 16, when Des Moines’ USASA entry hosts the Kansas City Athletics at 2 p.m. Admission is $5 for ages 19 and older; It is free for 2013 season-ticket holders and for ages 18 and younger.
With a win in the first round of this eight-team competition, the Menace would return to Valley Stadium one week later; A win on Nov. 23 would set up a home date (venue to be determined) for the regional final on Dec. 7 or 8.
This Menace team will have a familiar look. Head coach Mike Jeffries will rely on a mix of Menace alumni and current local college players.
The last time the Menace competed in this tournament was in April 2011, when Des Moines’ USASA team defeated the Athletics, 7-1, to clinch a spot in that year’s U.S. Open Cup.
This event, moved to the fall for one year, gives new life to the Menace’s cup streak. During the 2013 season, Des Moines’ 6-6-2 regular-season mark was not enough to clinch one of the Premier Development League’s 16 spots for next year’s U.S. Open Cup.
Des Moines has made eight appearances in the Open Cup (2002-03; 2005-06; 2010-13). In this year’s competition, the Menace advanced to the third-round, facing the defending cup champ on May 28. Against Sporting Kansas City, the underdog Menace had a sporting chance at an upset in front of more than 15,000 fans at Sporting Park. Goals by Major League Soccer all-stars Kei Kamara (12th minute) and Claudio Bieler (70th) stood as the only scores in the Menace’s first-ever match in an MLS stadium.
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 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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