In the rivals' most recent encounter, Real Colorado secured a 2-1 win in this July 13 match, erasing the Menace's 2013 PDL playoff hopes.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – In each of the last two Premier Development League seasons, the Real Colorado Foxes have eliminated the Des Moines Menace from playoff contention.
Now, Des Moines will try to return the favor. Tomorrow at Valley Stadium, the Menace looks to knock the Foxes out of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The winner earns a date with Minnesota United FC, of the North American Soccer League, in the Cup’s third round.
The 7:30 p.m. grudge match will be the rivals’ lone meeting this season. After five seasons competing with the Menace in the PDL Heartland Division, Real Colorado moved to the PDL’s newly formed Mountain Division in the offseason.
“This is a fresh day and a new game,” Menace head coach Mike Jeffries said. “We’re both different teams. Some of the guys last year had a taste of the successful run in the Open Cup, and we’re going to try and push to repeat that.”
A year ago, the Menace pulled out an upset at Minnesota United FC in the Cup’s second round, earning a May 28 matchup at eventual Major League Soccer champion Sporting KC. The Menace goes into tomorrow’s match knowing that a win over the Foxes sets up a May 28 home match against Minnesota United. If Real Colorado wins, the Foxes travel to Minnesota for the third round.
Real Colorado Foxes at Des Moines Menace
Date and Time: Wednesday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Competition: 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, second round
ABOUT THE MENACE
- Returns to the Open Cup after being eliminated by Sporting Kansas City, 2-0, in the third round last year.
- Qualified through the United States Adult Soccer Association, by advancing to the USASA Region II final last fall.
- Enters its 21st PDL season with an all-time mark of 187-112-31, seeking its 12th playoff berth (and first since 2011). Finished last season 6-6-2.
ABOUT THE FOXES
- Qualified for Open Cup by finishing the 2013 season with a mark of 9-3-2 – one of the top 19 points totals among American clubs in the PDL.
- Started the 2014 PDL season 0-1-1 with a draw and loss at home in the opening two games against the expansion Albuquerque Sol F.C.
- Made the PDL playoffs in 2009, 2012 and 2013.
- New to the PDL’s Mountain Division after five seasons in the Heartland Division.
- Veteran Julian Donaldson returns for sixth season with Foxes. He is tied with Oliver Gore on the Foxes’ career points chart (19).
- The all-time series is tied at 2-2-4 including a 2-2-2 mark at Valley Stadium.
- Des Moines edged Real Colorado for a playoff spot in 2011, on a tie-breaker (these teams did not face each other that season); The Foxes turned the tables on the Menace in 2012 and 2013.
- In their last meeting, on July 13, 2013, the Foxes knocked the Menace out of playoff contention with a 2-1 win at Valley Stadium.
- The two sides tied three times in the span nine days from June 4-12 during the 2010 season.
- In 2009, the Menace defeated the inaugural Foxes twice, including a 2-1 result on July 25 in the PDL playoffs.
LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP
- In its 101st year, is the oldest and most storied running soccer tournament in American soccer.
- Second oldest consecutive-running tournament in the world.
- Is a single-loss elimination style tournament with 80 teams – the most in the event’s history.
- Welcomes the country’s 16 Major League Soccer teams in the fourth round (June).
- The winner receives $250,000 and a berth in the CONCACAF Champions League; runner-up gets $60,000; last amateur team left standing receives $15,000.
- D.C. United won the 2013 Open Cup final by a 1-0 score over Real Salt Lake.
MENACE IN THE OPEN CUP
- Making its fifth straight appearance in the U.S. Open Cup and ninth overall.
- The franchise’s first four cup berths came in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006.
- Is 10-8 all-time in the national tournament, including a 4-2 mark against amateur teams (6-6 mark versus pro teams) and a 6-4 record at home (4-4 on the road).
- The Menace has hosted an Open Cup match in five straight seasons.
FOXES IN THE OPEN CUP
- In their fourth straight (and overall) appearance in the U.S. Open Cup.
- Record all-time: 1-3 – only win came as a 5-0 over the DV8 Defenders (USASA) in 2011
- Losses in the Open Cup have come from Georgia Revolution (National Premier Soccer League; 2013), 4-3, KC Athletics (USASA; 2012), 3-1, and Kitsap Pumas (PDL; 2011), 3-1.
UP NEXT: PDL OPENER ON SATURDAY
- The Menace starts regular-season play in Springfield, Mo., on Saturday (May 17). This is the second consecutive year the Menace opens the season on the road against the Demize. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Cooper Complex.
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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