The Menace will be back in black this Saturday. Fans wearing black receive discounted tickets.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, May 29, 2015 – In the second leg of the 2015 Kum & Go Kup series, the Des Moines Menace hosts the Springfield Synergy tomorrow night – just two weeks after the Menace earned the upper hand in a season-opening win in Missouri.
Entering the 7:30 Premier Development League matchup at Valley Stadium, the Menace leads the all-time series, 17-2-1 lead (8-1-0 at home). In home matches against the Synergy (named the Springfield Demize for the last eight seasons), the Menace has averaged four goals per outing, racking up a 36-3 scoring advantage.
Des Moines swept Springfield last season, claiming the inaugural Kum & Go Kup with a pair of road wins (on May 17, 2-0, and July 15, 1-0) and an emphatic 4-0 home victory on June 21.In the teams’ latest meeting, the Menace opened the 2015 schedule with a 1-0 win on May 16, thanks to a goal in the 50th minute from Mark Heath Preston – a former Springfield player who subbed in at halftime.
This is the Menace’s second of three straight Saturdays at home. After hosting the Muskegon Risers on June 6, the team hits the road for four straight PDL matches. The Menace returns to Valley Stadium to host Springfield on June 26 in the third of four matches that will decide the 2015 Kum & Go Kup.
Springfield Synergy at Des Moines Menace
Date and Time: Saturday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Preceded by: 4:30 p.m. Women’s Premier Soccer League match between the Des Moines Menace and the Kansas City Courage
Promotion: Blackout Night: $5 tickets to fans wearing black
- 2-0 PDL regular season record
- Entered its 22nd season with an all-time PDL regular-season mark of 199-113-32.
- 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 THE SYNERGY
- Coming off two home wins against WSA Winnipeg.
- J.J. Jeffries, Sam Riley, Murillo Ceruli, and Alex Shackley scored in a 4-0 win on May 19.
- Alec Nagel, Murillo Ceruli, Alex Shackley, Josh Alderson, and Drake Trease scored in a 5-2 win on May 20.
- Finished last season 4-5-4 – fourth in the Heartland Division.
- Led by new head coach Andrew Bordelon
- Carries a 2-1 record into its first road action of the season.
- Best finish came in 2012 (5-7-4).
- Des Moines leads the all-time series 17-2-1 (8-1-0 at home).
- Mark Heath Preston, a former Springfield player, notched the lone goal of the game against the Synergy on May 16.
- 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 in the 1-0 results.
- Des Moines has outscored Springfield 36-3 at home.
- This is the second of four meetings this season.
- The Menace swept three meetings last year, 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 Demize. 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 traveling trophy was generously provided by Custom Awards and Embroidery.
RECAP FROM SATURDAY
- The Menace opened PDL regular-season home action with a 1-0 win over WSA Winnipeg.
- Menace struck in the third minute, with goal from C. Nortey, who was assisted by Raul Gonzalez.
- The chippy match saw 10 cautions, with six of them coming in the first half.
- The Menace is at home June 6 against the Muskegon Risers on Youth Soccer Night.
- The team’s next road action is June 9 against Chicago Fire U23. This opens a stretch of four straight matches on the road. The Menace will return home action on June 26, when it takes on Springfield for the third time this season.
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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