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Menace rolls into season's last week

The Menace is heading into a large week, with a playoff spot and a division crown up for grabs.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Monday, July 13, 2015 – Controlling its postseason destiny and riding a wave of momentum, the Des Moines Menace has a clear path to its goals.


In the final week of the Premier Development League regular-season, the red-hot Menace needs one more victory to guarantee a return to the playoffs, and two more wins to repeat as Heartland Division champion. Des Moines (8-2-1, 25 points) plays at Springfield (Mo.) tomorrow and hosts Chicago on Friday and Saturday.

On a five-game winning streak, the Menace is in the driver’s seat. However, Thunder Bay (7-2-3) and Chicago (6-4-2) look to bump the Menace in this three-team race for the division’s two postseason berths.
This weekend’s doubleheader against Chicago Fire U23 at Valley Stadium looms large. First, though, the Menace needs to survive tomorrow’s bout with a much-improved Springfield side. In its season finale, the Synergy (5-5-3) eyes the franchise’s first winning campaign since joining the league in 2007.
Des Moines has already clinched this season’s Kum & Go Kup series against Springfield. The Menace hoisted the traveling trophy after a 3-1 home win over the Synergy on June 26. The teams battled to a scoreless draw at Valley Stadium on May 30, and the Menace escaped with a 1-0 win in Missouri on May 16. Since that season-opening loss, Springfield has claimed a perfect home record (5-0-0).

Des Moines Menace at Springfield Synergy
Date and Time: Tuesday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Cooper Complex (turf) in Springfield, Mo.
Competition: Premier Development League regular season

-       8-2-1, first place in the Heartland Division.
-       Has won five straight since a 2-0 loss at Thunder Bay on June 19.
-       Unbeaten in its last 13 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).
-       Sharing the team lead with three goals each: Vince Cicciarelli, Mark Heath Preston, Chris Hellmann and Leigh Veidman.
-       Has allowed only seven goals, second in the PDL to only the Kitsap Pumas, who have 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.
-       5-5-3, in fourth place in the Heartland Division.
-       On a five-match home winning streak since opening the season with a 1-0 loss to the Menace on May 16.
-       Has already secured the franchise’s best season (previously 5-7-4 in 2012).
-       Coming off a pair of two-goal home wins (3-1 over Thunder Bay on June 29 and 2-0 over St. Louis on July 2).
-       Alex Shackley and Phillip Woods share the team lead with six points each.
-       Led by first-year head coach Andrew Bordelon.
-       Des Moines leads the all-time series 18-2-2 (9-1-1 at home and 9-1-1 away).
-       This is the teams’ fourth meeting this season. Des Moines holds a 2-0-1 edge in 2015.
-       Mark Heath-Preston, a former Springfield player, notched the lone goal of the game against the Synergy on May 16.
-       The two foes tied 0-0 at Valley Stadium on May 30.
-       Javi Lopez, Shawn Claud Lawson and Mark Heath Preston scored in a 3-1 Menace win that clinched the Kum & Go Kup on June 26 at Valley Stadium.
-       Des Moines has outscored Springfield 39-4 at home and 8-4 on the road.
-       The Menace swept three meetings last year, securing the inaugural Kum & Go Kup.
-       This rivalry trophy debuted in 2014.
-       The winner is determined by points earned in the regular-season games between the Menace and the Demize. Tie-breakers: 1. Aggregate goals scored; 2. Away goals scored; 3. Previous year’s series winner (Menace in 2014).
-       Recognizes the communities’ support of Kum & Go’s success and growth.
-       The traveling trophy was generously provided by Custom Awards and Embroidery.
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1.     Des Moines Menace (25 points in 11 games played; 8-2-1)
2.     Thunder Bay Chill (24 points in 12 games played; 7-2-3)
3.     Chicago Fire U23 (20 points in 12 games played; 6-4-2)
4.     Springfield Synergy (18 points in 13 games played; 5-5-3)
5.     St. Louis Lions (11 points in 14 games played; 4-8-2)
6.     WSA Winnipeg (2 points in 12 games played; 0-10-2)
-       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.
-       The Menace inched closer to the playoffs with a 4-1 come-from-behind win over the St. Louis Lions at Valley Stadium.
-       Ramone Howell equalized in the eighth minute. Leigh Veidman, who came on for an injured Howell, put the Menace up for good with a spectacular goal in first-half stoppage time.
-       Vince Cicciarelli padded the lead in the first minute of the second half, and Mark Heath Preston (who subbed for Cicciarelli) closed the scoring in the 83rd minute.
-       The Menace wraps up the regular season this weekend with a pivotal Friday-Saturday doubleheader against Chicago Fire U23.
-       Friday is Fireworks Night and Saturday is Fan Appreciation Night, with both matches starting at 7:30.
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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