Nico Wright and the Menace got past Real Colorado in their first Open Cup action last May. Entering its 10th Open Cup, the team carries a three-match Cup winning streak against amateur teams in the Cup.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Thursday, April 9, 2015 – For the third straight year, the Des Moines Menace’s home schedule will commence with a match in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
On Wednesday, May 13, the Menace will host the Madison Fire in an Open Cup first-round match. All of the Premier Development League team’s 2015 home matches start at 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium.
The United States Soccer Federation yesterday announced the matchups for the 102nd annual edition of the national championship. The tournament field includes 91 teams – 11 more than in 2014, and a participation record for the fourth consecutive year.
Des Moines, the defending PDL regular-season champion, is one of 19 teams representing the amateur league in this year’s Cup. The spots were earned by the American teams with the best records last season.
The Fire – the Menace’s third Wisconsin-based Open Cup opponent in the last four years – is a United States Adult Soccer Association team making its debut in the national tournament. Des Moines looks to continue its recent success against teams from the Badger State. The Menace escaped with a 3-1 overtime win against the home-side Milwaukee Bavarians on May 15, 2012. Exactly one year later, the team opened its home slate with a 1-0 victory over the Madison 56ers.
This marks the Menace’s 10th berth in the Open Cup. It extends Des Moines’ Cup streak to six years, and it continues the organization’s streak of hosting Cup matches in all 10 appearances. Des Moines is 11-9 all-time in the Open Cup, with a 5-2 mark against fellow amateur teams. The Menace is 7-5 in home Cup matches (4-2 against amateur teams at home).
A year ago, the Menace received a bye in the tournament’s first round, before downing the Real Colorado Foxes, 3-0, on May 14 at Valley Stadium. A couple weeks later, Minnesota United FC – the pro team the Menace upset in 2013 to earn a match at Sporting KC – got payback in a 1-0 win on the Menace’s home turf.
This time around, the winner of the May 13 match in West Des Moines will play one week later at USL (pro) expansion team Saint Louis F.C. On May 14, U.S. Soccer will announce the third-round match-ups, to be played on May 27. On May 21, the federation will release the potential pairings for the fourth-round, to be played June 16-17, when Major League Soccer teams enter the tournament.
The 2015 U.S. Open Cup championship will take place on Sept. 29 or 30. Last year, former Menace teammates went head-to-head in the Open Cup final. On Sept. 16, Lamar Neagle (2007-08 Menace) and Seattle Sounders FC earned the franchise’s fourth title with a 3-1 overtime, road triumph over Danny Cruz (2008 Menace) and the Philadelphia Union.
Des Moines Menace 2015 PDL Schedule
Wednesday, May 13 Madison Fire (OC) 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, May 16 at Springfield Synergy 7 p.m. at Cooper Complex
Saturday, May 23 WSA Winnipeg 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, May 30 Springfield Synergy 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, June 6 #Muskegon Risers 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Tuesday, June 9 at Chicago Fire U23 10 a.m. at Toyota Park
Saturday, June 13 at St. Louis Lions 5 p.m. at Tony Glavin Complex
Friday, June 19 at Thunder Bay Chill 6:30 p.m. at Chapples Park
Sunday, June 21 at WSA Winnipeg 7:30 p.m. at Waverley Soccer Complex
Friday, June 26 Springfield Synergy 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, June 27 Thunder Bay Chill 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, July 5 at St. Louis Lions 5 p.m. at Tony Glavin Complex
Saturday, July 11 St. Louis Lions 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Tuesday, July 14 at Springfield Synergy 7:30 p.m. at Cooper Complex
Friday, July 17 Chicago Fire U23 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, July 18 Chicago Fire U23 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
All game times are central # = Exhibition OC = U.S. Open Cup
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 65-team United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL). The Menace’s women’s team, preparing for its fourth season, is part of the 80-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.