WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, June 20, 2014 – On June 8, 2013, the Des Moines Menace lost its perfect 8-0-0 home record against the Springfield Demize, as the Demize won, 1-0, for the first time on the Menace’s home field. Des Moines’ loss meant the franchise’s first winless year against Springfield.
In 2014, Des Moines has the opportunity to flip the script, while winning some hardware in the process.
The Kum & Go Kup, a regular-season series between Des Moines and Springfield, will find its first home Saturday night. The Kum & Go Kup, new to the 2014 season, is a celebration of Kum & Go’s growth and success in its two largest markets. Kum & Go is the fifth-largest privately held convenience-store chain in the United States and has more than 420 locations in 11 states.
Des Moines leads the season series, with a 2-0 win in Springfield on May 17 in the teams’ season-opener. A win, draw, or one-goal loss for Des Moines ensures the trophy stays with the Menace for the first year.
The Menace will make a quick turnaround, as the team leaves Monday for a Tuesday-night match against the Chicago Inferno. Des Moines will go for the regular-season sweep of the Inferno with Tuesday’s 7:30 game at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill. The Menace beat Chicago, 3-0, on June 7.
PDL regular-season match: Springfield Demize at Des Moines Menace
Date and time: Saturday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Presented by: CBRE / Hubbell
Preceded by: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular-season match at 4:30 p.m., between the Menace and the Madison 56ers
Promotion: $5 admission for fans wearing red
ABOUT THE MENACE
- Tied for the PDL Heartland Division lead (St. Louis, 3-1-3) with 12 points and a 4-1-0 record.
- Leading scorer Chris Hellmann, an honorable mention selection for the current PDL Team of the Week, has tallied a goal in each of the last three games.
- Held the PDL’s only unbeaten and untied record before losing last Friday in Thunder Bay; bounced back with a 3-2 win the next night.
- Is guided by second-year head coach Mike Jeffries.
ABOUT THE DEMIZE
- 2-3-3 (nine points) – fourth in the Heartland Division.
- Led by first-year head coach Ian Henry.
- Coming off a 2-0 win at Chicago on Tuesday.
- Is undefeated in four of its last five outings.
- Best finish came in 2012 (5-7-4).
- Des Moines leads the all-time series 14-2-1.
- The Menace took the first 2014 regular-season match, 2-0, on May 17 at Cooper Complex in Springfield, Mo.
- Des Moines leads on aggregate score, 48-6.
KUM & GO KUP
- This rivalry trophy debuts in 2014.
- Des Moines leads the cup standings with a win and two away goals.
- 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).
- The trophy will be on display in the plaza until 6:45 p.m. to take pictures with the fans.
- The perennial trophy was generously provided by Custom Awards and Embroidery, a locally owned company based in Urbandale.
RECAP FROM LAST WEEKEND
- Split the weekend doubleheader in Thunder Bay.
- Hellmann tallied the only goal in Friday’s 3-1 defeat to the Chill.
- Ralphie Lundy, Javi Lopez and Hellmann powered in the goals for Saturday’s 3-2 rebound win.
- Saturday’s win was the first in Thunder Bay in its last nine tries, dating back to June 13, 2009.
UP NEXT: DES MOINES TO GIVE “CHILLING” RECEPTION
- Des Moines travels to Chicago for a Tuesday night game at the Chicago Inferno. Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., is the site of the 7:30 match.
- The Menace will hosts the Thunder Bay Chill on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, 29, both kicking off at 7:30 p.m.
- The June 28 game is part of a tripleheader with the Iowa girl’s high school all-star game at 2 p.m. and the Menace women facing the Kansas City Shock at 4:30 p.m.
- June 29 will feature the Iowa boy’s high school all-star game at 5 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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