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Menace, RWB Adria battle for Cup spot

Sean Hoek, Rodrigo Espriu and Michael Noonan provided the goals in the Menace's 4-2 semifinal win on Nov. 16. Photo credit: Art Schramm / Wing Nutt Photography
 
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 – The stakes are high tomorrow, when the Des Moines Menace and RWB Adria meet for the first time. A place in the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup goes to the winner of this semifinal in the National Cups, Region II Open Cup, sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).
 
Entering the 7 p.m. match at Valley Stadium, the Menace knows this represents the organization’s last chance to secure its fifth-straight berth in the U.S. Open Cup. RWB Adria, a storied club from Chicago, eyes its second USASA Region II Tournament championship of 2013, after winning a title this spring.
 
Des Moines, which has made eight Open Cup appearances, advanced to tomorrow’s semifinal match by rallying to defeat the Kansas City Athletics, 4-2, at Valley Stadium on Saturday.
 
RWB Adria has appeared in the Open Cup on six occasions, including a first-round shootout loss to Pittsburgh (USL-Pro) in the 2013 Cup. In this fall’s tournament, the reigning Illinois State Cup champions opened with a 4-1 win at Milwaukee on Nov. 10.
 
In an all-Chicago semifinal, Schwaben AC hosts the AAC Eagles on Sunday. The tournament’s semifinal winners square off in a championship match, to be played the weekend of Dec. 7-8, at a site to be determined.
 
 
RWB Adria at Des Moines Menace
Competition: United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) National Cups, Region-II Tournament, semifinals
Date and Time: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. CST
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf field) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Tickets: $5 for ages 19-older; Free for 2013 season-ticket holders and for ages 18-under.
Details: Fans can sit on either side of the field and are encouraged to sit on the east bleachers (behind the player benches). The concession stand close to the east bleachers will be open.
 
 
 
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ABOUT THE MENACE
-       Mike Jeffries, who returns for his second season as the Menace head coach, will lead this team.
-       The roster, announced before the first round, includes 18 former Menace players (Premier Development League team and Menace Academy) and seven current college players.
-       Each of the Menace’s last 12 PDL teams has at least one representative.
-        Four members of Des Moines’ 2005 PDL championship team are on the roster: Tomas Boltnar, Luke Frieberg, Ross Moffat and Armin Mujdzic.
-       Each Menace team from 2006-08 is represented by seven players in this group.
 
ABOUT RWB ADRIA
-       Founded in 1959 by Croatian immigrants in Chicago, RWB (Red, White and Blue) Adria has built a reputation as one of the top amateur soccer teams in the country.
-       RWB Adria has won the Croatian North American Soccer Tournament on 12 occasions – second to only Toronto Croatia.
-       Head coach is Sinisa Alebic.
-       According to the team website, the roster comprises players who were born in at least eight different countries.
-       Claimed the 2013 USASA Open Cup Region II Cup championship with a 6-5, overtime win over the Dearborn Stars (Mich.) on June 23.
 
THE MENACE IN THE U.S. OPEN CUP
-       Des Moines is aiming for its fifth-straight berth in U.S. Open Cup and ninth overall.
-       In May 2013, the Menace advanced to a third-round Open Cup match at Sporting Kansas City (Major League Soccer) on May 28. In front of their home crowd at Sporting Park, the defending Cup champs defeated the Menace, 2-0.
-       The franchise’s first four cup trips came in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006.
-       The Menace is 10-8 all-time in the national tournament, including a 6-6 mark against pro teams (4-2 versus amateur teams).
 
RWB ADRIA IN THE U.S. OPEN CUP
-       RWB Adria has made six appearances in the U.S. Open Cup, including trips to the national semifinals in 1978 and 1991and a close loss in the 2013 tournament.
-       In 1991, RWB Adria was disqualified for using a player not registered by the United States Soccer Federation. The Brooklyn Italians, who lost to RWB Adria 1-0 in the semis, went on to win the championship.
-       RWB Adria was knocked out of the first round in 1996 (3-0 to El Paso USISL), 2007 (4-1 to Carolina USL-1), 2008 (2-1 in OT to Rochester USL-1) and 2013 (1-1 PK shootout loss to Pittsburgh USL-Pro).
 
NEXT UP IN THE TOURNAMENT
-       The winner advances to the tournament final, set for Dec. 7 or Dec. 8 (site TBD); The two teams that reach the final receive spots in the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
-       In the tournament’s other semifinal, Schwaben AC hosts the AAC Eagles on Sunday (Nov. 24) in an all-Illinois matchup.
 
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 21st 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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