The Menace's USASA entry, shown here in a Nov. 16 win over the Kansas City Athletics, will vie for a regional crown on Sunday, April 27 in Iowa City. Photo credit: Art Schramm Photography
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – In the span of two weeks, soccer fans will have three chances to watch the Des Moines Menace at no cost.
The free action starts this Sunday (April 27) in Iowa City, when the Menace battles for a regional title and a spot in the United States Adult Soccer Association’s (USASA) national tournament. The Menace’s schedule continues with back-to-back Saturday tilts at Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines.
Sunday, April 27 at 3 p.m.: Menace vs. Schwaben AC (Ill.)
Competition: The championship match of the USASA National Cups, Region II Tournament
Venue: Iowa Soccer Complex (2665 Prairie Meadow Drive in Iowa City), grass field
Details: Sunday’s match concludes a regional tournament that opened last fall. By winning in the quarterfinals and semifinals in the eight-team tournament in November, the Menace and Schwaben AC secured berths in the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. They’re competing for more than a regional title: the winner also earns one of four spots in the 2013 Werner Fricker National Amateur Cup, set for late July in Salt Lake City.
Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m.: Menace vs. Drake University
Venue: Cownie Soccer Park (2600 Hartford Avenue in Des Moines), Field 7 (grass)
Details: The Menace, Iowa’s Premier Soccer Team, opens its May schedule against the state’s only NCAA Division-I men’s soccer team. The scrimmage, originally to take place on Drake’s home stadium at Cownie, has been moved to an adjacent pitch, due to field conditions following the harsh winter.
Saturday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m.: Menace vs. Imperio
Venue: Cownie Soccer Park (2600 Hartford Avenue in Des Moines), Field 7
Details: The reigning champion of the Des Moines International League, Imperio looks to knock off the Menace.
The Menace will soon learn its fate in the upcoming Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The United States Soccer Federation will announce the pairings by tonight. In its 101st year, the annual national tournament will have 80 teams – 16 more than last year, when the Menace advanced to a third-round matchup with eventual Major League Soccer champion Sporting Kansas City (a 2-0 loss on May 28, 2013 at Sporting Park).
The first two rounds for the 2014 U.S. Open Cup are set for Wednesday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 14.
Des Moines opens the Premier Development League season on Saturday, May 17 at Springfield (Mo.) and Sunday, May 25 at St. Louis. The Menace’s first scheduled home action at Valley Stadium includes a May 31 exhibition with the Minnesota United FC Reserves, and a June 7 regular-season home opener with the Chicago Inferno, a PDL Heartland Division newcomer.
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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