Last year, the Menace hoisted the inaugural Kum & Go Kup. The team looks to repeat against the newly renamed Springfield Synergy. Pictured left to right: Charlie Bales, John Lujano and Brandon Fricke.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, May 15, 2015 – If things go the Des Moines Menace’s way, a milestone victory will kick off the 2015 Premier Development League season.
Against the rebranded Springfield Synergy tomorrow, the Menace looks to capture the 200th regular-season win in franchise history. To date, the Michigan Bucks, with 223 wins, are the only PDL team that has reached this benchmark.
Tomorrow’s 7 p.m. season opener at Cooper Complex refuels the teams’ battle for the Kum & Go Kup, a rivalry trophy that debuted last season. In 2014, Des Moines swept its southwest-Missouri foes in three meetings, en route to the PDL’s regular-season crown. The teams meet four times in 2015.
Des Moines and Springfield are under the leadership of new coaches. Mike Matkovich is in his first year on the Menace sideline, and Andrew Bordelon is the newly appointed field general for the Synergy – a team with a new identity after eight losing seasons as the Springfield Demize.
Matkovich has already secured his first win with the Menace. On Wednesday night at Valley Stadium, the Menace edged the Madison Fire, 2-1, in the first round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. This sets up a second-round tilt at Saint Louis FC (United Soccer League) next Wednesday. The winner will host Minnesota United FC (National American Soccer League) on Wednesday, May 27.
PDL regular-season match: Des Moines Menace at Springfield Synergy
Date and Time: Saturday, May 17 at 7 p.m.
Venue: Cooper Complex (turf) in Springfield, Mo.
ABOUT THE MENACE
- Enters its 22nd season with an all-time PDL regular season mark of 199-113-32.
- Finished 2014 with a 12-1-1 record, clinching the PDL regular-season championship.
- Roster features 10 returners, including Charlie Bales, a fifth-year veteran, and Chris Hellmann, last year’s leader in goals and assists.
- Guided by first-year head coach Mike Matkovich, a former Major League Soccer coach who is assisted by Tony Jouaux and Jeremy Proud.
ABOUT THE SYNERGY
- Finished last season 4-5-4 – fourth in the Heartland Division.
- Led by new head coach Andrew Bordelon, who played two seasons for Springfield, including the team’s inaugural 2007 season, when he led the team in points scored.
- Best finish came in 2012 (5-7-4).
- 20-83-21 in eight PDL seasons.
- Des Moines leads the all-time series 16-2-1.
- Springfield earned its first series win on May 9, 2012, and its first win at Des Moines on June 8, 2013. Eric Martin scored both goals for Springfield in these 1-0 victories.
- Des Moines leads on aggregate score, 53-7 (17-4 in Springfield and 36-3 at home).
- Springfield has not scored more than a goal in a match against Des Moines.
- This is the first of four meetings this season.
- The Menace swept three meetings last year (by a 7-0 aggregate), securing the inaugural Kum & Go Kup.
KUM & GO KUP
- This rivalry trophy debuted in 2014.
- The winner is determined by points earned in the regular-season games between the Menace and the Synergy. Tie-breakers: 1. Aggregate goals scored; 2. Away goals scored; 3. Previous year’s series winner (Menace in 2014).
- The trophy will be presented at the conclusion of the season’s last meeting between the teams (July 14 at Cooper Complex).
- Recognizes the communities’ support of Kum & Go’s success and growth.
- The trophy was generously provided by Custom Awards and Embroidery.
RECAP FROM WEDNESDAY
- The Menace defeated the Madison Fire in the first round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at Valley Stadium.
- Vince Cicciarelli and Ramone Howell opened their scoring accounts from assists provided by Charlie Bales in a 2-1 win.
- The Menace (12-9 all-time in the Cup) extended its streak to four straight years of winning an Open Cup match.
UP NEXT: BACK TO MISSOURI FOR THE OPEN CUP
- The Menace continues their Open Cup run on the road, on Wednesday, May 20 against Saint Louis FC. World Wide Technology Soccer Park is the site of this Cup match.
- Menace travel to Saint Louis FC (USL) on Wednesday, May 20 for a 7:00 p.m. kick-off in the Cup’s second round. This is the first matchup between the two teams.
- The winner advances to the third round and will host Minnesota United FC (National American Soccer League), a team the Menace has faced in the Cup the last three years.
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 63-team 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.
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