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PDL Playoffs within Menace's reach

Fernando Machado (left) and the Menace have their eyes on a return to the postseason.
 
 
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, July 10, 2015 – Two more wins and the Des Moines Menace returns to the Premier Development League Playoffs. Three more wins and the Menace repeats as Heartland Division champion.
 
Starting a stretch of four games in eight days to close the regular season, the Menace takes on the St. Louis Lions tomorrow night at 7:30. These teams rematch at Valley Stadium, only six days after the visiting Menace downed the Lions, 2-0.
 
Des Moines (7-2-1, 22 points) controls its postseason destiny. In the hunt for the division’s two playoff berths, the Menace is right behind first-place Thunder Bay (7-2-3, 24 points) and ahead of Chicago (5-4-2, 17 points). The Menace could finish the season with as many as 34 points – four more than Thunder Bay’s maximum and eight more than Chicago’s.
 
Mike Matkovich’s Menace finishes its schedule with a Tuesday road match at Springfield (Mo.) and a July 17-18 home doubleheader against Chicago.
 

St. Louis Lions at Des Moines Menace
Date and Time: Saturday, July 11 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 Fire and Ice SC
 
 

 
ABOUT THE MENACE
-       7-2-1, second place in the Heartland Division.
-       Unbeaten in its last 12 PDL home matches (since a 2-1 loss to Real Colorado on July 13, 2013).
-       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).
-       Chris Hellmann leads the team in points (eight) on three goals and two assists.
-       Vince Cicciarelli, Mark Heath-Preston, Leigh Veidman, Javi Lopez are all on four points with two goals apiece.
-       Has let in only six goals on the season, a mark bested by only one team in the PDL – the Kitsap Pumas, who have only conceded four goals.
-       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 LIONS
-       4-7-2, in fifth place.
-       Finished last season second in the Heartland Division with a 6-4-4 record, clinching the franchise’s second playoff berth.
-       Jeffrey Tryon leads the team in points (10) on three goals and four assists.
-       Tony Glavin is in his tenth year as head coach.
 
ALL-TIME SERIES
-       On a six-match unbeaten streak (4-0-2) against St. Louis, Des Moines leads the overall series, 12-5-10.
-       Chris Hellmann and Garet Christianson notched goals in a 2-0 road victory on July 5.
-       Goals from Chris Hellmann, Vince Cicciarelli (two), Matt Gweh, and an own goal contributed to a 5-1 romp in St. Louis on June 13.
-       The Menace rallied for a 1-1 tie on July 12, 2014, clinching the Heartland Division title at Valley Stadium.
-       Des Moines holds a 53-33 scoring advantage.
 
HEARTLAND DIVISION STANDINGS (through Thursday)
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1.     Thunder Bay Chill (24 points in 12 games played; 7-2-3)
2.     Des Moines Menace (22 points in 10 games played; 7-2-1)
3.     Springfield Synergy (18 points in 13 games played; 5-5-3)
4.     Chicago Fire U23 (17 points in 11 games played; 5-4-2)
5.     St. Louis Lions (11 points in 13 games played; 4-7-2)
6.     WSA Winnipeg (2 points in 11 games played; 0-9-2)
 
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.
-       Brett Lane received honorable mention on June 24.
-       Fernando Machado was named to the PDL Team of the Week on July 1.
-       Leigh Veidman and Shawn Claud Lawson received honorable mention on July 1.
 
 RECAP FROM LAST SUNDAY
-       The Menace topped St. Louis 2-0 at Tony Glavin Soccer Complex in St. Peters, Mo.
-       Chris Hellmann opened the scoring in the 52nd minute by slotting away a penalty kick.
-       In the 80th minute, Garet Christianson scored his first Menace goal (assisted by Nick Jones) to put the game out of reach.
 
UP NEXT: AIMING FOR THE TOP
-       Des Moines closes its road schedule on Tuesday at Springfield. The Menace has already clinched the Kum & Go Kup in its four-game season series with the Synergy, whose only home blemish (5-1-0) is a season-opening, 1-0 loss to the Menace.
-       The Menace closes its PDL season at home in a July 17-18 double-header, taking on Chicago Fire U23.
 
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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