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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, June 5, 2015 – Tomorrow is fans’ last chance to catch the Des Moines Menace’s Premier Development League team at Valley Stadium until the end of the month.
The Menace hosts the first-year Muskegon (Mich.) Risers at 7:30 on Youth Soccer Night. Players and coaches wearing their team jerseys get in for $1.
The Risers’ roster features 10 international players, as well as former Major League Soccer striker Jamar Beasley, the brother of retired U.S. Men’s National Team member DeMarcus Beasley.
Starting Tuesday against Chicago Fire U23, the Menace will play four road matches in 13 days. Mike Matkovich’s team will be back at Valley Stadium on June 26 (Springfield) and June 27 (Thunder Bay).
Muskegon Risers at Des Moines Menace
Date and Time: Saturday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Preceded by: 4:30 p.m. Women’s Premier Soccer League match between the Des Moines Menace and the Chicago Red Stars Reserves
Promotion: Youth Soccer Night: $1 admission to players and coaches in their team jerseys
ABOUT THE MENACE
- 2-0-1 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.
- Has not allowed a goal through its first three PDL matches.
- 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 MUSKEGON RISERS
- Michigan-based team that is highlighted by Jamar Beasley, who has scored nearly 200 goals as a professional with 18 teams. Beasley burst on the scene as an 18-year-old MLS phenom with the New England Revolution in 1998.
- The Risers’ most recent game was last Saturday (May 30). Home-side AFC Ann Arbor scored in the 94th minute to win 2-1. AFC Ann Arbor’s Jay McIntosh tapped in the game-winner, following a rebound of his penalty kick that was initially blocked by Risers keeper Reece Richardson
- Brogan Shrimpton scored the lone goal for the Risers off an assist from Jamie Waters.
PDL HONOR ROLL
- Mark Heath Preston was named to the PDL Team of the Week on May 20.
- C. Nortey received honorable mention on May 27.
- Alec Bartlett received honorable mention on June 3.
RECAP FROM LAST SATURDAY
- The Menace tied at home to Kum & Go Kup rival Springfield (Mo.) on May 30.
- Menace keeper Paul Blanchette posted a shutout with six saves on the night.
- The Menace opens a stretch of four straight matches on the road. The Menace will return to home action on June 26, when it takes on Springfield for the third time this season.
- The following day, the Menace will face Thunder Bay Chill to cap off a tripleheader that opens with the Iowa High School All-Star Games (girls at 2:30 and boys at 4:30).
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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