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Jeffries to lead USL PRO expansion team

Mike Jeffries departs the Menace to join the Charlotte Independence, one of 12 new USL PRO teams in 2015. Charlotte is affiliated with the Colorado Rapids (MLS).

 

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 – Mike Jeffries will be the first head coach for the Charlotte Independence when the USL PRO expansion team debuts in 2015.
 
Jeffries, the 2014 Premier Development League Coach of the Year, departs the Des Moines Menace after compiling an 18-7-3 PDL mark in two seasons with the organization. In 2014, Jeffries guided the 12-1-1 Menace to the league’s regular-season championship.
 
“The Menace would like to thank Coach Jeffries for two great seasons in Des Moines,” Menace general manager Matt Homonoff said. “Mike’s commitment to excellence both on and off the field was a key factor in our organization’s recent success and we wish him the best as he embarks on a new challenge in USL PRO.”
 
Under Jeffries, the Menace earned its first postseason win in five years (July 25, 2014 over K-W United FC) and played its first-ever match in a Major League Soccer venue (May 28, 2013 against Sporting Kansas City in Sporting Park).
 
This new opportunity marks a return to the professional level for Jeffries, who has more than 20 years’ experience as a pro player and coach. He has spent nine seasons on MLS sidelines – from 1998-2000 and 2008-2010 as an assistant coach with the Chicago Fire, and from 2001-2003 as the head coach with the Dallas Burn, his last stint as a head coach for a professional team.
 
The search is underway for the Menace’s next head coach. The 2015 PDL season kicks off in May.
 
 
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. Entering its 22nd season, the Menace men’s side competes in the 64-team United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL). The Menace’s women’s team, preparing for its fourth season, is part of the 70-team Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL). From May to July, 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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