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Menace, Lions try to find edge

Alec Bartlett headed in this goal in the Menace's 3-0 Open Cup win on May 14. Des Moines looks to build on its season-opening momentum. Photo credit: Joe Nalefski
 
 
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, May 23, 2014 – A year after splitting their season series, the Des Moines Menace and the St. Louis Lions renew their rivalry on Sunday (May 25) in St. Peters, Mo.
 
This marks the third straight year the Lions host the Menace on Memorial Day weekend, and Des Moines is looking to turn the tables. Sunday’s tilt comes exactly one year after the shorthanded Lions beat the Menace, 1-0. St. Louis also defeated the Menace – by a 2-1 count – on May 26, 2012.
 
The Menace won its most recent match in St. Peters, on July 6 last year, when Chris Harmon’s late goal allowed the Menace to escape with a 1-0 result following a lightning delay. Two weeks later, the teams closed the Premier Development League season with a see-saw battle at Valley Stadium. The Lions rallied three times to scratch out a 3-3 draw.
 
Des Moines is back home Wednesday (May 28), hosting a third-round Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match against Minnesota United FC (North American Soccer League). The winner of the 7:30 p.m. match at Valley Stadium advances to reigning Major League Soccer champions Sporting Kansas City on June 18 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.
 
 
PDL regular-season match: Des Moines Menace at St. Louis Lions
Date and Time: Sunday, May 25 at 5 p.m.
Venue: Tony Glavin Soccer Complex (grass) in St. Peters, Mo.
 
 
 
ABOUT THE MENACE
-       Opened the PDL season with a 2-0 win at Springfield (Mo.) on May 17.
-       Is guided by second-year head coach Mike Jeffries.
-       Entered its 21st season with an all-time mark of 187-112-31 (6-6-2 in 2013, third place in the PDL Heartland Division).
 
ABOUT THE LIONS
-       Started the season at home on May 17, with a scoreless draw against Chicago.
-       Host WSA Winnipeg on Saturday (May 24) at 5 p.m.
-       Head coach Tony Glavin has guided the team for all nine of its PDL seasons.
-       Feature 10 returners from 2013 team that finished 4-7-3.
 
ALL-TIME SERIES
-       The teams split series 1-1-1 in 2013.
-       Des Moines leads the all-time series 9-5-8.
-       Des Moines leads in aggregate scoring 44-28.
-       The Menace has an 8-2-3 edge in the last 13 meetings.
 
RIVALRY BRINGS PHYSICALLITY
-       In 2013, the two teams combined for 80 fouls, 20 cautions and three ejections in three games.
-       In the 2013 season finale, the teams combined for 37 fouls – the second highest in history against lions
-       The teams combined for 43 fouls on July 24, 2011 in St. Louis in a 1-0 Menace win that clinched a playoff berth.
 
RECAP FROM MAY 17
-       Sean Hoek and Nico Wright fueled a fast start on the way to a 2-0 victory over the Springfield Demize, in the first leg of the inaugural Kum & Go Kup.
-       Hoek started the scoring in the seventh-minute; Wright added his goal in the ninth.
 
UP NEXT: DOUBLE DOSE OF MINNESOTA
-       The Menace takes a break from PDL action to play host to Minnesota United FC. Minnesota United FC (NASL) comes down for Wednesday’s (May 28) U.S. Open Cup third round. The winner takes on Sporting KC. On Saturday (May 31), the Minnesota United FC Reserves (National Premier Soccer League) come to Valley Stadium for an exhibition. Both games start at 7:30 p.m.
 
 
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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