Sean Hoek (left) leads the Menace with two goals in league play. Photo credit: Art Schramm Photography
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, June 6, 2014 – For the first time in three years, the Des Moines Menace hosts a new divisional foe. Tomorrow, the 2-0-0 Menace welcomes the Chicago Inferno (0-1-2) – a third-year Premier Development League team seeking its first win as a member of the Heartland Division.
The Inferno looks to do something accomplished by none of the Heartland Division’s other current members. Thunder Bay (2000, 4-1), St. Louis (2006, 2-0), Springfield (2007, 1-0) and WSA Winnipeg (2011, 4-0) lost their first meetings with the Menace.
During the offseason, the Inferno moved from the Great Lakes Division. The Heartland Division picked up the Inferno after losing the Kansas City Brass (folded) and the Real Colorado Foxes (moved to the Mountain Division).
Entering its regular-season home opener, Des Moines is the only undefeated and untied side remaining in the 64-team PDL. Reigning champion Austin (4-0-1) lost this distinction last night in a scoreless draw at Mississippi.
PDL regular-season match: Chicago Inferno at Des Moines Menace
Presented by: Iowa Soccer
Date and time: Saturday, June 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 Minnesota TwinStars.
Promotion: Free admission for youth-soccer and high-school players, coaches and referees
ABOUT THE MENACE
- 2-0-0, entering its first PDL home action.
- Entered its 21st season with a 187-112-31 PDL record.
- Was eliminated from the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, in a third-round loss to Minnesota United FC on May 28.
- Sean Hoek leads the team with two PDL goals.
- Mike Jeffries is in his second year as head coach.
ABOUT CHICAGO INFERNO
- 0-1-2 in its third PDL season – 8-17-7 record overall.
- Sebastian Pineda scored the team’s lone goal, in a 2-1 loss to visiting WSA Winnipeg on May 22.
- Has two scoreless draws: May 17 at St. Louis and May 31 at home against Springfield.
- Hosts Des Moines on Tuesday, June 24 at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill.
- Dino Delevski is in his first season as head coach.
- Youth Soccer Night, presented by the Iowa Soccer Association.
- Free admission for youth and high-school players (in team jersey or shirt), coaches (showing coaching pass) and referees (showing badge).
RECAP FROM LAST SATURDAY
- The Menace beat the Minnesota United FC Reserves, 1-0, in a May 31 exhibition at Valley Stadium.
- Christian Castillo, named Man of the Match, scored off Jacob’s Speed deflection in the 40th minute.
UP NEXT: THUNDER BAY DOUBLE
- The Menace heads up to Thunder Bay, Ontario for two games against the arch-rival Chill.
- Games start at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, June 13, and Saturday, June 14.
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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