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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Thursday, July 24, 2014 – Des Moines Menace defender Grant Bell is on the Premier Development League Team of the Week, announced today by the United Soccer Leagues.
Bell was instrumental in the Menace’s two home wins last weekend against WSA Winnipeg. He scored the second goal (his first in a Menace uniform) in a 5-0 win on Friday (July 18) and helped the team clinch the PDL’s regular-season title the next night in a 2-0 result – the Menace’s 10th shutout of the season.
A Little Falls, Minn., native preparing for his junior season at Bradley, Bell has been a steady presence in a Menace backline that has allowed only seven goals in 14 matches.
The Menace (12-1-1) hosts the PDL’s Central Conference championship the next two days. Each of the event’s four teams is represented on the current PDL Team of the Week. Michigan’s Dzenan Catic, who scored five goals to win the PDL Golden Boot, is the Player of the Week. St. Louis goalkeeper Iain McTurk and K-W United FC’s Stefan Vukovic are also on this team for the PDL’s final week of the regular season.
Bell is one of seven Menace players to receive weekly recognition in 2014. Michael Semenza, who scored a goal in each of last weekend’s wins, is an honorable-mention selection for this week.
MENACE ON THE PDL HONOR ROLL
- Chris Hellmann, the team’s leader in goals (nine) and assists (seven) has three PDL nods in 2014, including Player of the Week (July 3) and a pair of honorable mentions (June 19 and July 10).
- Brandon Fricke, a 2013 all-PDL selection, was named to the league’s Team of the Week on June 12.
- Javi Lopez received PDL Team of the Week honorable mention on July 10.
- Nico Wright earned honorable mention on June 26 and July 3.
- Sean Dong earned honorable mention on July 3.
UP NEXT: MENACE HOSTS PDL PLAYOFFS AT VALLEY STADIUM
- Friday at 4:30 p.m.: Michigan Bucks (Great Lakes Division champion) vs. St. Louis Lions (Heartland Division runner-up)
- Friday at 7:30 p.m.: Menace (Heartland Division champion) vs. K-W United FC (Great Lakes Division runner-up)
- Saturday at 7:30 p.m.: Central Conference final between the two semifinal winners
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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