Jack Pearson (4), Sean Hoek (17) and company secured the Menace's 2014 Open Cup berth, by winning this Nov. 23, USASA Region II semifinal match against RWB Adria, 3-0. Photo credit: Art Schramm / Wing Nutt Photography
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 – The Des Moines Menace will have to wait until next year to compete for a regional championship. The final for the National Cups’ Region II Tournament, which was originally scheduled for this coming weekend, will be played in the spring.
Representatives from the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) have postponed the match. In April or May, the Menace and Schwaben AC will meet on a neutral site between their home bases of Des Moines and Chicago.
The teams will compete for more than the regional title. Also on the line is a spot in a bigger event: The winner earns a berth in the Werner Fricker National Amateur Cup, a four-team tournament held in Salt Lake City in July.
By winning in the quarterfinals and semifinals of this fall’s USASA Region II Tournament, the Menace and Schwaben AC have already secured spots in the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Des Moines secured its fifth-straight – and ninth overall – berth in the 100-year-old U.S. Open Cup, which provides amateur teams an opportunity to test themselves against professional sides, including Major League Soccer giants. With a blend of former Menace Premier Development League players and current AIB College players, the team won at Valley Stadium on back-to-back Saturdays.
On Nov. 16, the Menace rallied past the Kansas City Athletics, 4-2. A week later, on a bone-chilling night, Des Moines left a snow-covered field with a 3-0 win over RWB Adria and a Cup berth. This gritty group showed a second-half resolve in both matches, outscoring the opposition 6-0 after halftime.
Schwaben AC is headed back to the U.S. Open Cup for the first time in 50 years. On Nov. 24, Schwaben AC punched its ticket with a 3-1, Chicago showdown, win over the AAC Eagles. A couple weeks earlier, the team opened with a 2-1 victory over FC Indiana.
Stay tuned to MenaceSoccer.com for updates on the time and place for the USASA Region II championship match.
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.