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Menace aims for PDL regular-season crown

Kids are invited to be part of the Menace's Human Tunnel before every home game. Photo credit: Josie Patton



WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Thursday, July 17, 2014 – The 2014 Premier Development League Playoffs roll into Des Moines next week, and the Des Moines Menace has the chance to secure the league’s best record heading into the postseason.


The recently crowned Heartland Division and Central Conference champs can seal the Premier Development League regular-season championship this weekend with two wins against WSA Winnipeg (2-8-2) at Valley Stadium. Friday’s and Saturday’s games kick off at 7:30 p.m.


The Menace (10-1-1) secured the division last Saturday (with a 1-1 draw against St. Louis) and the conference on Tuesday (with a 1-0 win in Springfield, Mo). Des Moines eyes its second PDL regular-season title, hoping to join the undefeated 2002 Menace in elite company.


The United Soccer Leagues announced yesterday Des Moines will host the Central Conference Championship next weekend at Valley Stadium. On Friday, July 25, the action begins at 4:30, with a matchup between the St. Louis Lions (Heartland Division runner-up) and the Michigan Bucks (Great Lakes Division champion). At 7:30, the Menace hosts K-W United FC, the Great Lakes Division’s second-place team. The conference semifinal winners face off on Saturday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m.

PDL regular-season match: WSA Winnipeg at Des Moines Menace
Date and time: Friday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Promotion: Post-game fireworks
Presented by: Frito-Lay
PDL regular-season match: WSA Winnipeg at Des Moines Menace
Date and time: Saturday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Promotion: Fan Appreciation Night
Presented by: Hussmann Industries
-       Is 10-1-1 in its 21st PDL season, and second under Mike Jeffries.
-       Riding an eight-game unbeaten streak
-       Has conceded only seven goals in PDL play – second best in the league.
-       Holds a 7-0-0 record when leading at half.
-       Chris Hellmann ranks in the PDL’s top 10 in points (21, fifth), goals (eight, seventh), shots (33, 10th) and assists (five, seventh). He ranks fifth with 1.91 points per game.
-       Has outscored PDL teams 14-2 in the first half. Holds an 11-5 edge in the second half.
-       Has the most shutouts in franchise history (eight).
-       2-8-2 in its fourth season.
-       Returner Moses Danto leads the team with five goals in nine games.
-       Comes off a mid-week game against the St. Louis Lions. WSA lost, 3-1.
-       Has lost five straight games.
-       Best season in franchise history was 2012 (3-8-5, 14 points).
-       Eduardo Badescu leads the team as head coach for the fourth year.
-       Des Moines leads the overall series, 9-0-1.
-       The Menace won in Winnipeg on July 5 (2-0) and July 6 (3-0).
-       The Menace leads the aggregate scoring in the series: 29-8.
-       Des Moines has scored two or more goals in all but one of the meetings (a 1-0 home win on May 18, 2013).
-       Heading into the final weekend of the PDL regular season, the Menace (10-1-1) has the league’s best record.
-       Contending with the Menace for the PDL’s regular-season crown are the Jersey Express (10-1-2), the Seacoast United Phantoms (9-1-2), the defending champion Austin Aztex (10-1-2) and FC Tucson (11-2-1).
-       In 20 previous seasons, the Menace has one regular-season title (2002) and one post-season championship (2005).
-       The Menace’s Chris Hellmann and Javi Lopez received PDL Team of the Week honorable mention last Thursday (July 10).
-       Hellmann has earned three Premier Development League nods in 2014, including Player of the Week (July 3) and a pair of honorable mentions (June 19 and July 10).
-       Nico Wright earned honorable mention on June 26 and July 3.
-       Sean Dong earned honorable mention on July 3.
-       Brandon Fricke, a 2013 all-PDL selection, was named to the league’s Team of the Week on June 12.
-       Des Moines completed a three-game sweep of the home-side Springfield Demize, 1-0.
-       Mueng Sunday scored the game-winner in the 52nd minute.
-       In the inaugural Kum & Go Kup series, the Menace outscored the Demize, 7-0.
-       The Menace hosts the Central Conference championships at Valley Stadium on July 25 and 26.
-       Friday’s semifinals begin with the St. Louis Lions facing the Michigan Bucks, starting at 4:30 p.m.
-       The semifinal action concludes with the Menace taking on K-W United FC at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
-       On Saturday, the Central Conference championship kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. In 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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