The Menace has won four straight Open Cup duels with amateur teams, including this 2-1 home win over the Madison Fire in 2015. The team hopes to keep the streak alive on May 11 against FC Wichita.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Wednesday, April 6, 2016 – Each of the last four years, the Des Moines Menace has claimed at least one victory in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Will the streak continue in 2016?
We’ll find out in Kansas on Wednesday, May 11, when the Menace faces host FC Wichita. The winner of this first-round match will host Tulsa Roughnecks FC (professional United Soccer League) on May 18.
The United States Soccer Federation this morning announced the matchups for the first two rounds of the 103rd annual U.S. Open Cup, which includes 89 teams.
Making its seventh straight appearance in the Open Cup, the Menace is one of 19 Premier Development League teams in this year’s competition. The coveted spots went to the American teams with the best records last season, and the Menace punched its return trip by finishing 2015 with an 11-2-1 record and a repeat as Heartland Division champion.
Open Cup debutant FC Wichita – one of 15 National Premier Soccer League teams in the field – won the 2015 NPSL South Central Conference championship in its inaugural season (11-3). Unlike the Menace, the Kansas side will have a league game under its belt before the Open Cup. FC Wichita opens the NPSL season on May 6 with a road match against the Little Rock Rangers; the Menace begins PDL play on May 21 at Valley Stadium, hosting Chicago Fire U23.
This is the Menace’s 11th berth in the Open Cup, and Des Moines has hosted at least one Cup match in all 10 of its previous appearances. The Menace’s all-time Open Cup record is 12-10, including 4-5 on the road. The franchise is 6-2 against fellow amateur teams.
The Menace’s only previous Open Cup road match against an amateur team came in 2012, when the visitors struck twice in overtime to topple the Milwaukee Bavarians, 3-1. Des Moines’ last loss to an amateur team in the Open Cup came in 2011, when Chicago Fire U23 left Valley Stadium with a 1-0 win.
A year ago, the Menace extinguished the Madison Fire, 2-1, on May 13 at Valley Stadium. The Menace lost by an identical score one week later, falling at Saint Louis FC in overtime.
On May 12, U.S. Soccer will announce the third-round pairings, to be played June 1. On May 19, the federation will release the fourth-round matchups, set for June 15, when Major League Soccer teams enter the tournament.
The Cup’s July 20 quarterfinals and Aug. 10 semifinals set the stage for a Sept. 21 final – one year after Sporting Kansas City hoisted the cup after emerging victorious from a marathon shootout with the host Philadelphia Union.
Des Moines Menace 2016 PDL Schedule
Wednesday, May 11 # at FC Wichita 7 p.m. at Stryker Complex
Saturday, May 21 Chicago Fire U23 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, May 28 at St. Louis Lions 5 p.m. at Tony Glavin Complex
Saturday, June 4 Kokomo Mantis FC 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Friday, June 10 at Thunder Bay Chill 6:30 p.m. at Fort William Stadium
Saturday, June 11 at Thunder Bay Chill 6:30 p.m. at Fort William Stadium
Tuesday, June 14 at WSA Winnipeg 7 p.m. at Waverly Soccer Complex
Saturday, June 18 St. Louis Lions 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Friday, June 24 WSA Winnipeg 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, June 25 WSA Winnipeg 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Tuesday, June 28 at Chicago Fire U23 11 a.m. at Toyota Park
Friday, July 1 at Kokomo Mantis FC 6 p.m. at Kokomo Municipal Stadium
Saturday, July 2 at Kokomo Mantis FC 6 p.m. at Kokomo Municipal Stadium
Saturday, July 9 Thunder Bay Chill 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Friday, July 15 ^ Toledo United FC 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, July 16 St. Louis Lions 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
All game times are listed in Des Moines time
# = Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup ^ = Exhibition
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. The Menace men’s team competes in the Premier Development League (PDL) and is set to begin its 23rd season in 2016. Starting their fifth season this year, the Menace women’s team is part of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL). With the continuously loyal support, the Menace men’s and women’s teams play their home games at the Valley Stadium in West Des Moines to provide family-fun entertainment. The Menace organization provides the growth of the game of soccer in Iowa with their youth soccer programs, including Junior Menace (ages 3-9), Menace Youth Academy (ages 10+), and other various youth tournaments, camps and clinics.
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