On July 25, 2014, the Menace and K-W United battled for 120 scoreless minutes in a thrilling shootout pulled that ended with the Menace on top. The teams meet again on Friday.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Wednesday, July 22, 2015 – Please stop us if this sounds familiar: On Friday, the Des Moines Menace and K-W United FC will clash in the Premier Development League Playoffs.
These teams reunite in Pontiac, Mich., one year after the Menace eked out a dramatic, shootout win over K-W United at Valley Stadium. Hosted by the Michigan Bucks, this Central Conference semifinal is set for 5:30 p.m. EDT at Ultimate Soccer Arenas.
To make the rematch possible, K-W United needed to win a play-in match last night. In Waterloo, Ont., the home side ousted Forest City London, 2-0, in a battle between the Central Conference’s second- and third-place teams. Both goals came in the second half from Ben Polk, who led K-W with nine goals in the regular season.
Finishing strong, Des Moines and K-W United closed their schedules with identical 11-2-1 records. The Menace is on an eight-match winning streak that started on June 21. K-W United is undefeated in 11 straight matches since opening with a 2-2-0 mark in May.
In Friday’s nightcap semifinal at Ultimate Soccer Arenas, defending PDL champion Michigan (11-1-2, clinching the PDL regular season) hosts the Thunder Bay Chill (9-2-3). With a spot in the league’s final four on the line, the semifinal winners face off Saturday night at 7:30 EDT.
Friday, July 24 – PDL Central Conference Semifinals
- 5:30 p.m. EDT.: Des Moines Menace (Heartland Division champion) vs. K-W United (second 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
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.
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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