Mike Matkovich (white shirt) watches the action in the Menace's 4-1 win over St. Louis on July 11. Photo credit: Antonio Rodriguez
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 – In his first year on the Des Moines Menace’s sideline, Mike Matkovich guided his side to a division title. He looks to build on this success in his second year with the Premier Development League team.
Menace owner Kyle Krause today announced that Matkovich has signed a one-year contract to continue as the team’s head coach.
Matko’s Menace finished last season on a franchise-record, eight-game winning streak that sealed a repeat as Heartland Division champion. Unfortunately, the Menace’s red-hot streak was frozen in the first round of the league playoffs. A loss to eventual PDL champ K-W United FC left Matkovich hungry for next season.
“I’m excited to be back,” Matkovich said. “We had a good year, but now it’s time to get to work. I’m excited for the challenge. We’re ready to go a step further and bring the championship back to Des Moines.”
The Menace finished the regular season at 11-2-1, bringing Matkovich’s all-time PDL coaching mark to 89-15-10. After guiding Chicago Fire U23 through six successful seasons, (2002-2006; 2014) he is within striking distance of his 100th regular-season win.
Also on Matkovich’s resume are six seasons with Major League Soccer teams. He was an assistant coach with Toronto FC in 2007, Chivas USA in 2008 and the Chicago Fire in 2009-10 and 2012-13.
“We are pleased to welcome Coach Matkovich back for the 2016 season,” said Menace general manager Matt Homonoff. “Fans who had the opportunity to see us play this past season saw a team that was consistently organized and never outworked – testaments to the excellent job by Matko and his staff. We look forward to more success in both league and Open Cup play next year.”
In his first season with the Menace, Matkovich was assisted by Tony Jouaux and Jeremy Proud. Jouaux, who spent the four previous seasons with the Chicago Fire, has since returned to the MLS ranks. Last month, he was named the New York Red Bulls’ strength and conditioning coach.
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. Preparing for its 23rd 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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