Albert Edward, shown with the ball in the Menace's May 28 Open Cup match at Sporting Kansas City, is the 32nd Menace player to go in the MLS draft.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 – Des Moines Menace alumni Zach Barnes and Albert Edward were selected in this afternoon’s Major League Soccer SuperDraft.
D.C. United selected Barnes, a midfielder from Creighton who played for the Menace in 2012, in the third round (56th overall). In the following round (68th overall), the Colorado Rapids called on Edward, a defender from the 2013 Menace who comes from NAIA power Lindsey Wilson (Ky.).
At least one Menace player has been drafted by an MLS team in 12 of the last 13 years (2011 is the exception). Every Menace team for the last 16 seasons (1998-2013) has included at least one MLS draft pick.
This year’s SuperDraft was split between two days, with the first two rounds announced in Philadelphia last Thursday (Jan. 16). Today’s selections were conducted via conference call.
Barnes and Edward are the 31st and 32nd Menace alums to be chosen in the MLS draft.
A late-season addition to the Menace’s 2012 team, Barnes appeared in one match with Des Moines, seeing 52 minutes of action.
Barnes was an all-Big East first team selection as a senior captain for the Bluejays. The native of Flower Mound, Texas, played his final two college seasons at Creighton after transferring from Southern Methodist.
Edward’s time with the Menace was shortened by injury. He was a defensive fixture in seven matches in the first half of the 2013 PDL season, logging 586 minutes and assisting one goal. Edward was a key part of the Menace’s run in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which ended with a third-round loss to eventual MLS Cup champion Sporting Kansas City.
A native of Brisbane, Australia, Edward is the lone NAIA player chosen in this year’s draft. In 71 college matches, he contributed four goals and seven assists. Lindsey Wilson compiled a 77-10-3 record in Edward’s four seasons; The Blue Raiders have advanced to the NAIA semifinals each of the last three years, winning the national championship in 2011.
Barnes is the fourth Menace alum drafted by D.C. United, joining Matt Nickel (2005), Lance Rozeboom (2012) and Matt Kuhn (2012). Edward is the third Menace product taken by Colorado, preceded by Mike Graczyk (2008) and Deshorn Brown, the sixth-overall pick of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. Brown burst onto the scene last season, leading the league’s rookies with 10 goals.
The 2014 MLS season begins in March. The Menace’s PDL season starts in May, and the organization will announce the 2014 schedule in the coming weeks.
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.