Sean Hoek (17) and Jack Pearson (left) led the charge in the Menace's 3-0 win over RWB Adria on Snowvember 23 at Valley Stadium, clinching a spot in a regional final to be played this spring. Photo credit: Art Schramm Photography
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Wednesday, April 2, 2014 – The Des Moines Menace is coming to eastern Iowa on Sunday, April 27.
The University of Iowa Soccer Complex in Iowa City will be the site of a 3 p.m. match between the Menace and Chicago-based Schwaben AC. This is the championship of the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) National Cups, Region II Tournament. The winner receives one of the four spots in the 2014 Werner Fricker National Amateur Cup, set for late July in Salt Lake City.
The April 27 tilt concludes a regional tournament that opened last November. The final was originally scheduled for December; USASA Region II officials decided to postpone the match for warmer weather.
By winning in the quarterfinals and semifinals in the eight-team tournament last fall, the Menace and Schwaben AC secured spots in the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. This is the Menace’s fifth-straight – and ninth overall – berth in the 100-year-old tournament. In the 2013 U.S. Open Cup, the Menace earned a third-round bout with eventual Major League Soccer Cup champion Sporting KC. In front of more than 15,000 fans at Sporting Park on May 28, the pros defeated the amateur Menace, 2-0.
Schwaben AC returns to the U.S. Open Cup after a 50-year absence. The team’s last trip in the Cup ended in the 1964 tournament’s semifinals.
“This regional match in eastern Iowa gives Menace fans a rare opportunity to watch our team battle for a spot in a national tournament,” said Menace owner Kyle J. Krause. “Our players are excited to compete for the first time in Iowa City, and I want to thank the athletics staff at the University of Iowa for hosting this event.”
The Krause family has deep roots to the University of Iowa and the Hawkeyes’ athletic programs. Krause, the President and CEO of Kum & Go, L.C., graduated from Iowa in 1985. His wife, Sharon, received her Executive M.B.A. from Iowa in 1995. His father, William A. Krause (1935-2013), graduated from the school in 1957 – two years before he co-founded Kum & Go with his father-in-law, Tony S. Gentle.
The Krauses have a long-standing history of supporting the University of Iowa. For more than 50 consecutive years, W.A. Krause and his wife Nancy have contributed to the athletics program. In 2004, they made a $5 million gift commitment on behalf of their family to the University of Iowa Foundation, leading the renovation of the football team’s Kinnick Stadium. This equaled the largest gift ever made in support of the school’s athletic programs.
The family’s support of the university’s academic programs is also impressive. W.A. Krause established the Krause Faculty Fellowship at the U of I Henry B. Tippie College of Business. He created the Krause Challenge, an annual investment-management program for students at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and Drake University. In 2013, Kum & Go and the Krause Gentle Foundation donated $300,000 to fund the installation of a stock-market video wall at the Tippie College of Business. The family’s support of the University’s academic programs will continue this fall, when Kyle Krause begins serving on the business college’s advisory board.
Each year, Kum & Go shares 10 percent of its profits with charitable and educational causes in the communities the company serves. Kum & Go is the fifth-largest privately held, company-operated convenience-store chain in the United States.
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 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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