Brandon Fricke (8) scored the first goal in this 3-0 Menace win over Chicago on Saturday, June 7. Jordan Becker (left) assisted Fricke's score. Phot credit: Art Schramm Photography
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Thursday, June 12, 2014 – Des Moines Menace defender Brandon Fricke has earned a spot on the Premier Development League Team of the Week, announced today by the United Soccer Leagues.
This is the first PDL weekly honor for Fricke, who was an all-league selection in 2013. The Menace captain anchors a stingy defense that has yet to allow a goal in three PDL matches – all wins.
Fricke scored the first goal in Des Moines’ 3-0 home win over the Chicago Inferno last Saturday (June 7). After receiving a knock-down header from Jordan Becker in the 32nd minute, Fricke slid in to poke the ball into the back of the net.
A Grimes native preparing for senior season at Butler, Fricke is in his fifth year with the Menace. He has been a constant for his hometown team, logging more than 3,000 minutes – including the full 90 minutes in each of the Menace’s matches this season.
Fricke is the only member of a Heartland Division team on the current PDL Team of the Week. In 2013, fellow defender Taylor Diem was the only Menace player to receive this honor.
UP NEXT: THUNDER BAY FOR TWO
- Des Moines will try to take over first place with two games in Thunder Bay this weekend against the Chill. Games on Friday and Saturday start at 7:30 p.m. EDT.
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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