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Menace swings through Canada for two

 
 
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Thursday, June 18, 2015 – The host of World Cup fever this summer is the site of the Des Moines Menace’s Premier Development League action this weekend.
 
The Menace is headed to Canada, embarking on an 1,800-mile roadtrip that will wind through Ontario and Manitoba. Des Moines will see the Heartland Division teams that enter the weekend in first place – the arch-rival Thunder Bay Chill (4-0-2) tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. EDT – and last-place – winless WSA Winnipeg (0-6-2) on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
 
Winnipeg has been a hub of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup this month, hosting seven group-stage matches, including the United States’ Cup-opening 3-1 win over Australia on June 8. The Menace will spend Saturday night at the hotel that hosted the German and Japanese teams this month.
 
This northern trek concludes a four-match road swing for the Menace, which improved to 3-1-1 with a 5-1 victory at St. Louis last Saturday. Mike Matkovich’s team is back home for a Friday-Saturday doubleheader at Valley Stadium. Springfield visits on June 26 and Thunder Bay invades on June 27.
 

 
Des Moines Menace at Thunder Bay Chill
Date and Time: Friday, June 19 at 7:30 p.m. EDT
Venue: Fort William Stadium (turf) in Thunder Bay, Ont., Canada
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
 
 
Des Moines at WSA Winnipeg
Date and Time: Sunday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Waverley Soccer Complex (turf) in Winnipeg, Man., Canada
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
 

 
ABOUT THE MENACE
-       3-1-1, in fourth place in the Heartland Division.
-       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 CHILL
-       4-0-2 – first in the PDL Heartland Division.
-       Midfielder Sergio Campano Franco leads the team in points (10) with five goals – including one in  each of the Chill’s last three matches.
-       Giovanni Petraglia is in his first season as head coach, succeeding Tony Colistro who was head coach for the franchise’s first 15 seasons.
-       Premier Development League champions in 2008 and finalists in 2010 and 2013.
-       Finished third in the division last season (6-1-7, 19 points), missing out on the postseason for the first time in eight years.
 
ALL-TIME SERIES: MENACE VS. CHILL
-       The Menace regained the series lead (25-23-4) with three wins last season.
-       Des Moines topped Thunder Bay on the road in a 3-2 win on June 14, followed by back-to-back wins at Valley Stadium on June 28 (1-0), and June 29 (2-1).
-       The win on June 14 snapped a five-year, eight-match winless streak at Thunder Bay.
-       The Menace received its only regular-season loss last season at Thunder Bay on June 13, 3-1.
-       Menace midfielder Christopher Hellmann scored in all of the teams’ meetings last season.
 
ABOUT WSA WINNIPEG
-       In sixth place in the Heartland Division at 0-6-2.
-       Lost home matches to Thunder Bay, allowing eight goals in two games on June 13 (4-0) and June 14 (4-1).
-       Moses Danto leads the team in points (five) with two goals and one assist.
-       Finished last season 2-2-10.
-       Best season in franchise history was 2012 (3-8-5, 14 points).
-       Eduardo Badescu is the only head coach in the franchise’s five PDL seasons.
 
ALL-TIME SERIES: MENACE VS. WSA WINNIPEG
-       Des Moines leads the series, 12-0-1 (37-8 aggregate score), with a 6-0-1 mark in road matches.
-       Menace forward C. Nortey scored the lone goal of the match in these teams’ last meeting, at Valley Stadium on May 23.
-       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.
 
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.
-       Vince Cicciarelli and Leigh Veidman received honorable mention on June 17.
 
 RECAP FROM SATURDAY
-       Breaking out of a goal drought, the Menace defeated the St. Louis Lions, 5-1, in St. Peters, Mo.
-       Chris Hellmann, Vince Cicciarelli (two goals), Matthew Gweh, and an own goal from St. Louis contributed to an impressive score line.
 
UP NEXT: HOME SWEET HOME
-       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 tickets 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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