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Menace's playoff run begins in Michigan

Goalkeeper Paul Blanchette (left) and the Menace are headed back to the PDL Playoffs, one year after winning a thrilling shootout against K-W United FC in the first round. Photo credit: Jeff Bales
 
 
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Monday, July 20, 2015 – It’s been quite a ride for the 2015 Des Moines Menace, and it will continue this weekend in Pontiac, Mich.
 
Making its 13th appearance in the Premier Development League Playoffs, the Menace journeys to Ultimate Soccer Arenas – the home of the 2015 PDL regular-season champion Michigan Bucks.
 
Friday, July 24 – PDL Central Conference Semifinals
-       5:30 p.m. EDT.: Des Moines Menace (Heartland Division champion) vs. winner of Tuesday-night play-in match in Waterloo, Ont., between Canadian club K-W United FC (second place in Great Lakes Division) and Forest City London (third place in Great Lakes Division)
-       8 p.m. EDT: Michigan Bucks (Great Lakes Division champion) vs. Thunder Bay Chill (second place in Heartland Division)
 
Saturday, July 25 – PDL Central Conference Championship
-       7:30 p.m. EDT: Friday’s winners face off
 
 
Entering the postseason, Des Moines (11-2-1) carries an eight-match winning streak – a franchise mark set on Saturday in a 3-0 home win over Chicago. The Menace is looking to follow a path similar to Michigan’s tracks a year ago, when the Bucks won the conference’s postseason crown on the Menace’s home turf (2-0 win over the Menace on July 26) and hoisted the championship trophy on their home field the next weekend (1-0 over the Kitsap Pumas on Aug. 3). Des Moines claimed the PDL’s regular-season championship last year with a 12-1-1 record; Michigan claims it this year, with an 11-1-2 mark.
 
At a site to be determined, the Premier Development League Playoffs culminate with semifinals on Friday, July 31 and the championship match on Sunday, Aug. 2.
 
“We’re excited to be back in the PDL postseason,” Menace general manager Matt Homonoff said. “The Central Conference is always very competitive, and we’re hoping this year we can earn the conference’s spot to move on in the tournament. We would love to bring the championship weekend to our community.”
 
 
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, part of the 80-team Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL), has completed its fourth season. 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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