Fernando Machado (shown heading the ball) has received PDL honors for the first time in his two seasons with the Menace.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Wednesday, July 1, 2015 – Announced today by the Premier Development League, Des Moines Menace defender Fernando Machado is on the PDL Team of the Week, and teammates Shawn Claud Lawson and Leigh Veidman are honorable-mention selections.
Machado assisted Veidman’s 12th-minute goal in the Menace’s 2-0 win over previously unbeaten Thunder Bay on Saturday. Lawson scored the game-winner in a 3-1 defeat of Springfield on Friday.
Last weekend’s home sweep puts the Menace in a favorable position heading down the season’s home stretch. Des Moines (6-2-1, 19 points), Thunder Bay (6-2-3, 21 points) and Chicago (5-3-2, 17 points) are jockeying for the Heartland Division’s two playoff berths. With five games left on its schedule, the Menace has more remaining opportunities than their competition. Thunder Bay won at Chicago, 2-0, today, one week before these teams reunite on Canadian soil.
A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil who attends Ashford (Clinton, Iowa), Machado is the second Menace player to make the league’s team of the week. A Menace octet has received PDL honors, with Veidman twice earning honorable mention.
HONOR ROLL: PDL TEAM of the WEEK
- Mark Heath Preston (May 20)
- Fernando Machado (July 1)
HONOR ROLL: PDL HONORABLE MENTION
- C. Nortey (May 27)
- Alec Bartlett (June 3)
- Leigh Veidman (June 17 and July 1)
- Vince Cicciarelli (June 17)
- Brett Lane (June 24)
- Shawn Claud Lawson (July 1)
UP NEXT: In the span of a week, the Menace plays its next two matches against the St. Louis Lions – this Sunday at Tony Glavin Complex and Saturday, July 11, at Valley Stadium.
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. In 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, in 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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