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Menace enters Lions' den

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, June 12, 2015 – Looking to bounce back from its first Premier Development League loss in 14 outings, the Des Moines Menace tries to roar its way to three points against the St. Louis Lions in a 5 p.m. showdown tomorrow at Tony Glavin Complex.
The Lions (1-3-1) – who finished last season in second place behind the Menace in the Heartland Division – are eager to claw their way out of last place.
On the heels of a 2-1 road loss at Chicago Fire U23 on Tuesday morning, the Menace is 2-1-1. The Lions are also coming off a loss at Chicago (3-1 on June 7), and they host the Fire on Sunday.
Wrapping up a four-match road swing, the Menace visits Canada next weekend. Des Moines takes on Thunder Bay on June 19 and battles WSA Winnipeg on June 21. The Menace returns to Valley Stadium for a Friday-Saturday doubleheader, hosting Springfield on June 26 and Thunder Bay the next night.

Des Moines Menace at St. Louis Lions
Date and Time: Saturday, June 13 at 5 p.m.
Venue: Tony Glavin Complex (grass) in St. Peters, Mo.
Competition: Premier Development League regular season


-       2-1-1, in fourth place in the Heartland Division (3-2 aggregate score).
-       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.
-       Finished last season second in the Heartland Division with a 6-4-4 record, clinching the franchise’s second playoff berth.
-       1-3-1 in their tenth season.
-       Starting a three-game home stand.
-       Tony Glavin is in his tenth year as head coach.
-       On a four-match unbeaten streak (2-0-2) against St. Louis, Des Moines leads the overall series, 10-5-10.
-       The Menace rallied for a 1-1 tie in the teams’ last meeting on July 12, 2014, clinching the Heartland Division title at Valley Stadium.
-       Des Moines holds a 46-32 scoring advantage.
-       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.
-       The Menace lost in an early morning matchup 2-1 on the road against Chicago, giving up penalty kicks in the 45th and 62nd minutes.
-       On his 27th birthday, Leigh Veidman scored in the 69th minute just four minutes after being subbed into his Menace PDL debut.
-       The Menace played with 10 men for an entire half after goalkeeper Nico Campbell was shown a second yellow card in first-half stoppage time.
-       This is the Menace’s first loss since a 3-1 setback at Thunder Bay on June 13, 2014
-       Des Moines takes on the Thunder Bay Chill on June 19 and faces WSA Winnipeg on June 21.
-       The Menace will be back at Valley Stadium for an action-packed Friday-Saturday doubleheader.
-       On June 26, the Menace hosts the Springfield Synergy, and fans wearing red get $5 for this Kum & Go Kup clash.
-       On June 27, the Menace battles the arch-rival Thunder Bay Chill in the nightcap of 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. In its 21stseason, the Menace men’s side competes in the 64-team United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL). The Menace’s women’s team played in the 2013 Women’s Premier Soccer League playoffs, after debuting as the Women’s League Soccer 2012 champions. 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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