The Menace swept WSA Winnipeg in four matches last season, winning by a combined 12-0 score.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, May 22, 2015 – There was plenty to celebrate the last time the Des Moines Menace hosted WSA Winnipeg. In an emphatic finish to the 2014 schedule, the Menace clinched the Premier Development League’s regular-season title by sweeping the Canadians on July 17 (5-0) and 18 (2-0).
WSA Winnipeg returns to Valley Stadium tomorrow night for a 7:30 match that opens the Menace’s 2015 PDL home schedule. Looking to stay undefeated against Winnipeg, Des Moines tries to build on a 11-0-1 series lead (and 36-8 aggregate score) accumulated over the last four seasons.
The Menace hops back into league play after its run in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup was cut short. Host Saint Louis FC dealt the underdog Menace a 2-1 overtime defeat in the Cup’s second round – one week after the Menace won by the same score against the Madison Fire at Valley Stadium.
Last Saturday, the Menace opened the PDL slate with a 1-0 win at Springfield (Mo.). Mark Heath Preston was named to the PDL Team of the Week after scoring the match’s lone goal.
Des Moines will be at home the next three Saturdays. On the horizon are a May 30 rematch with Springfield and a June 6 exhibition against Muskegon.
WSA Winnipeg at Des Moines Menace
Date and Time: Saturday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Competition: PDL regular season
Preceded by: 4:30 p.m. Women’s Premier Soccer League match between the Des Moines Menace and the Minnesota TwinStars
ABOUT THE MENACE
- In its 22nd season, carries an all-time PDL regular-season mark of 200-113-32.
- The defending PDL regular-season champion (12-1-1)
- 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 WSA WINNIPEG
- Finished last season 2-2-10.
- Best season in franchise history was 2012 (3-8-5, 14 points).
- The Menace hosts Winnipeg’s fifth game in seven days. WSA plays at Chicago Fire U23 today after opening with three losses: Sunday (1-0) at St. Louis; Tuesday (4-0) and Wednesday (5-2) at Springfield.
- Eduardo Badescu is the only head coach in the franchise’s five PDL seasons.
- Des Moines leads the series, 11-0-1 (36-8 aggregate score), with a 5-0-0 mark in home matches.
- The Menace took four wins in 2014, at Winnipeg on July 5 (2-0) and July 6 (3-0) and at Valley Stadium on July 18 (5-0) and July 19 (2-0).
- The teams’ only tie came on June 2, 2012 in Winnipeg; with late goals from Risto Laetti and Jeffrey Kyei, the Menace forced a 2-2 draw after trailing by two goals.
- Des Moines has scored at least four goals in a game on five occasions against Winnipeg.
RECAP FROM WEDNESDAY
- On Wednesday, the Menace’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup run came to an end in a 2-1overtime loss against Saint Louis FC in Fenton, Mo.
- Chris Hellmann converted a penalty kick in the 85th minute to send the game into overtime.
- Jermie Lynch of Saint Louis FC notched the game winner in the 97th minute.
- The Menace holds a 12-10 overall record in the U.S. Open Cup.
UP NEXT: STAYING AT HOME
- The Menace is at home May 30 (Springfield) and June 6 (Muskegon).
- The team’s next road action is June 9 against Chicago Fire U23. This opens a stretch of four straight matches on the road.
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 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.
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