Chris Hellmann (kicking) and the Menace hosted Minnesota United FC on Wednesday. They welcome Minnesota's reserves on Saturday. Photo credit: Art Schramm Photography
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, May 30, 2014 – The Des Moines Menace may see a few not-so-new faces in tomorrow night’s exhibition opponent.
The Menace will face off against the Minnesota United FC Reserves, a newly formed National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) squad. While the team may be new, members of the squad, including Kentaro Takada, have played multiple games against the Menace.
Takada, part of Minnesota United FC, has played in three games against the Menace, including the full 90 minutes in Wednesday’s game at Valley Stadium in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup’s third round. The North American Soccer League squad beat the Menace, 1-0, with an 86th-minute goal by the team’s top-scorer, Christian Ramirez.
Tomorrow’s game will give Menace head coach Mike Jeffries the chance to rest some of his starters from Wednesday night. The Menace’s Premier Development League schedule picks back up on June 7, when the Heartland Division newcomer Chicago Inferno visits Valley Stadium.
Exhibition match: Minnesota United FC Reserves at Des Moines Menace
Presented by: Kum & Go
Date and Time: Saturday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf field) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Match preceded by: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular-season match at 4:30 p.m., between the Menace and the Chicago Red Stars Reserves
ABOUT THE MENACE
- Currently 2-0-0 in 21st season of PDL.
- Alec Bartlett, Nico Wright and Sean Hoek share the team lead with two goals apiece.
- Mike Jeffries is in his second year as head coach
ABOUT MINNESOTA UNITED FC RESERVES
- 2-1-0 in their first NPSL season.
- Led by head coach Donny Mark, a member of the 2001 Des Moines Menace.
ABOUT SATURDAY’S GAME
- Presented by Kum & Go.
- GameTruck Des Moines will be on hand from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. for fans to play the latest video games.
- Magnet schedules will be given to fans as they enter the stadium.
RECAP FROM WEDNESDAY
- Lost to Minnesota United FC (NASL), 1-0, in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup.
- Christian Ramirez’s 86th-minute goal sent the professional side to play Sporting Kansas City on June 18.
- Ralphie Lundy was named Man of the Match.
UP NEXT: PDL HOME OPENER NEXT SATURDAY
- Des Moines welcomes the Chicago Inferno on June 7.
- The game is set for 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium on Youth Soccer Night, presented by Iowa Soccer. Youth-soccer players, coaches and referees receive free admission.
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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