WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Wednesday, May 7, 2014 – With the Werner Fricker National Amateur Cup calling, the Des Moines Menace and Schwaben AC need a replay to crown the United States Adult Soccer Association’s Region-II champion.
After weather forced these teams to nullify their April 27 regional final in Iowa City, USASA Region-II officials have re-scheduled the match to Sunday, June 1 at 1 p.m. The teams will return to the University of Iowa Soccer Complex, for a 90-minute match. The winner advances to the national amateur cup, set for late July in Salt Lake City. The Werner Fricker National Amateur Cup comprises the champions from each of the USASA’s four regions.
The April 27 match was abandoned, following a 150-minute delay. Des Moines and Schwaben AC battled to a scoreless draw at halftime, when lightning cleared the venue. Mother Nature threw a wrench in finally crowning a champion. Heavy rain started to pour as soon as the teams exited the field, and hail and a tornado warning ensued.
The Menace and Schwaben qualified for this year’s U.S. Open Cup by advancing to the USASA Region-II final last fall. Before these teams reunite, they will play in the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Next Wednesday (May 14) at 7:30 p.m., in the Cup’s second round, the Menace hosts the Real Colorado Foxes (Premier Development League) at Valley Stadium. Schwaben also hosts an Open Cup match on May 14, welcoming the Dayton Dutch Lions (USL-Pro) for a 4 p.m. start in Buffalo Grove, Ill.
In one week, fans will get their first chance to see the 2014 Menace at Valley stadium. Making its ninth appearance in the U.S. Open Cup, Des Moines is looking to build upon last year’s run in the tournament. In 2013, the U.S. Open Cup gave the Menace the opportunity to play Sporting Kansas City in front of 15,000 fans at Sporting Park on May 28. The amateurs held their own in a 2-0 loss to the eventual MLS Cup champions.
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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