The Menace opened the 2013 Open Cup with a 1-0 win over the Madison 56ers.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Thursday, April 24, 2014 – Familiar foes will reunite on Wednesday, May 14, when the Des Moines Menace hosts the Real Colorado Foxes in the second round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. This 7:30 p.m. grudge match will be the Menace’s first action this season at Valley Stadium.
For the Menace, the matchup represents an unexpected shot at redemption against a team that has kept Des Moines out of the Premier Development League playoffs the last two seasons. When the Foxes moved from the PDL’s Heartland Division to the Mountain Division during this offseason, it appeared these teams wouldn’t see each other in 2014.
That changed this morning, when the United States Soccer Foundation announced the format and draw for the 101st annual event, recognized as the organization’s national championship. The tournament is open to all amateur and professional teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. A total of 80 teams – 16 more than last year – will compete in this year’s Cup.
The Menace makes its ninth appearance in the Open Cup. After the Foxes (9-3-2) beat out the Menace (6-6-2) for a 2014 Cup berth during the 2013 PDL season, the Menace had one last opportunity to extend its Cup streak to five straight berths.
Last fall, Des Moines fielded a United States Adult Soccer Association team in the USASA National Cups, Region II Tournament, and the Menace clinched an Open Cup spot by advancing to the regional final. The Menace’s USASA entry battles for the regional title this Sunday at 3 p.m., facing Schwaben AC (Ill.) in Iowa City.
The 2013 Open Cup was a memorable one for the Menace, which won a pair of matches to advance to a third-round encounter with Sporting Kansas City on May 28. In front of more than 15,000 fans at Sporting Park, the eventual Major League Soccer champions won, 2-0.
“We are excited to once again represent Iowa in the nation’s oldest and most prestigious soccer tournament,” Menace general manager Matt Homonoff said. “It will not be lost on anyone who has followed us that this is a chance for revenge against the team that has kept us out of the PDL playoffs the last two seasons. Our fans, staff and players alike can look forward to a great game at Valley Stadium on May 14.”
The 2014 U.S. Open Cup starts on May 7. The United States Soccer Federation has not yet announced the third-round pairings for May 28. Major League Soccer’s 16 American clubs enter in the fourth round, to be played in June.
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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