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Menace opens PDL season in Springfield

A year ago, the Springfield Demize took the season series against the Menace, including a 1-0 win in this match on June 8 at Valley Stadium. Nico Wright (pictured) and the Menace seek payback.
 
 
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, May 16, 2014 – The Des Moines Menace knows not to overlook the Springfield Demize in the teams’ 2014 Premier Development League season-opener tomorrow night.
 
From 2007 to 2011, the Menace had its way with the Demize. Des Moines won each of the Heartland Division teams’ first 11 encounters, outscoring Springfield by a staggering 40-3 landslide. In the last two years, though, the Demize has given the Menace fits. The team from southwest Missouri has scratched out a pair of 1-0 wins – in Springfield in 2012 and in West Des Moines in 2013. The teams have knotted things, 2-2-1, since the start of the 2012 season.
 
Tomorrow’s 7 p.m. match in Springfield is the first leg of the newly minted Kum & Go Kup. Starting this season, regular-season results will decide the cup’s champion. In 2014, these teams face one more time: June 21 at Valley Stadium.
 
Heading into the PDL season, Des Moines already has a win under its belt. On Wednesday, the home-side Menace ousted former division rival Real Colorado, 3-0, in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup’s second round. This sets the stage for the Menace’s next home action: May 28 against Minnesota United FC (North American Soccer League).
 
The United States Soccer Federation announced this afternoon that the winner of the May 28 match at Valley Stadium earns a fourth-round bout at defending Major League Soccer champion Sporting Kansas City, in June. A year ago, the Menace faced Sporting Kansas City in the Open Cup’s third round, after upsetting Minnesota.
 
 
 
PDL regular-season match: Des Moines Menace at Springfield Demize
Date and Time: Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Cooper Complex (turf) in Springfield, Mo.
 
 
 
ABOUT THE MENACE
-       Enters its 21st season with an all-time mark of 187-112-31.
-       Finished 2013 with a 6-6-2 record – third in the Heartland Division.
-       Roster features 10 returners, including 2013 all-PDL honoree, Brandon Fricke, and last year’s leading scorer, Nico Wright.
-       Is guided by second-year head coach Mike Jeffries.
 
ABOUT THE DEMIZE
-       Finished 2013 season 3-6-5 – sixth in the Heartland Division – after losing five of its last seven games.
-       Led by first-year head coach Ian Henry.
-       Best finish came in 2012 (5-7-4).
-       Is 16-78-17 in seven PDL seasons.
 
ALL-TIME SERIES
-       Des Moines leads the all-time series 13-2-1.
-       Springfield earned its first series win on May 9, 2012, and its first at Des Moines on June 8, 2013 (the teams’ last matchup). Eric Martin scored both goals in the 1-0 wins.
-       Des Moines leads on aggregate score, 46-6.
 
KUM & GO KUP
-       This rivalry trophy debuts in 2014.
-       The winner is determined by points earned in the regular-season games between the Menace and the Demize. Tie-breakers: 1. Aggregate goals scored; 2. Away goals scored; 3. Previous year’s series winner (Springfield in 2013).
-       Trophy will be presented at the conclusion of the season’s last meeting between the teams (June 21 at Valley Stadium).
-       Recognizes the communities’ support of Kum & Go’s success and growth.
-       The perennial trophy was generously provided by Custom Awards and Embroidery.
 
RECAP FROM WEDNESDAY
-       Defeated the Real Colorado Foxes in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup second round on Wednesday at Valley Stadium.
-       Nico Wright, Alec Bartlett and Sean Dong scored in the 3-0 win.
-       Menace hosts Minnesota United FC (NASL) on Wednesday, May 28 at Valley Stadium, for a 7:30 p.m. start in the Cup’s third round. This marks the third straight year these teams have met in the Open Cup.
-       The winner advances to a fourth-round matchup with Sporting Kansas City, in June.
 
UP NEXT: ROAD TRIP TO ST. LOUIS
-       The Menace continues the PDL season on the road, on Sunday, May 25 against the St. Louis Lions. Tony Glavin Soccer Complex in St. Peters, Mo., is the site of this 5 p.m. match.
 
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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