The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup returns to Valley Stadium!
"Open Cup-date" posted Thursday, May 19:
Menace fans, thanks for joining us for last night's huge win -- our franchise's first home victory over a pro side since 2005. By defeating Tulsa, 2-0, your team has set up another home date with a USL team -- San Antonio FC. The winner of this anticipated June 1 match advances to a fourth-round trip to Houston Dynamo (MLS!).
"Cupset" recaps from around the Web:
Des Moines hosts Tulsa Roughnecks FC, from the professional United Soccer League. The second-round matchup – the Menace’s first home action of 2016 – begins at 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium (4440 Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines, Iowa).
If Des Moines beats Tulsa Roughnecks FC on May 18, the Menace will host a June 1 match against the winner of Wednesday’s "Alamo Derby" between Corinthians FC and San Antonio FC.
Season-ticket holders receive free admission to all U.S. Open Cup matches played at Valley Stadium. Single-game tickets are available for purchase at the Valley Stadium ticket window, starting 90 minutes before the game. Tickets are $10 for adults (ages 13+); $5 for youth (ages 5-12); and children under five years of age get in for free.
About the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Dating back to 1914, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is in its 103rd year of competition. With 91 teams this year, the Cup is open to Open Division local qualifiers and teams from the Premier Development League (PDL), National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), United Soccer League (USL), North American Soccer League (NASL) and Major League Soccer (MLS).
The first round consists of qualifying teams from the NPSL, PDL, USASA, USCS and USSSA; teams from the USL (17), NASL (9) and MLS (17) enter in the second, third and fourth round respectively. The tournament began on May 11 and will conclude with the championship game held on September 21.
The champion receives $250,000 and a berth in the 2017-18 CONCACAF Champions’ League; runner-up gets $60,000; the team that advances the furthest from each lower division receives $15,000.
Des Moines Menace
The Menace punched its ticket for the franchise’s seventh straight (and 11th overall) appearance in the U.S. Open Cup, by finishing atop the Premier Development League’s Heartland Division (11-2-1) in 2015.
Record (PDL): Regular-season begins on May 21
Coaches: Led by second-year head coach Mike Matkovich, who is assisted by Greg Hennelly, Mark Heath Preston and Leigh Veidman.
Point Leaders: Mark Heath Preston and Leigh Veidman are the 2016 team’s top returning scorers (Heath Preston, five goals; Veidman, three). They tallied the Menace’s two goals in the team’s May 11 win in Wichita.
Goalkeepers: Nico Campbell suited up for all 90 minutes of the Menace’s only 2016 game so far. Last season, Campbell played in five of the 14 games for the Menace and had 12 saves.
First Round: Des Moines rallied for a 2-1 road victory over FC Wichita (NPSL) on the road on May 11 at Stryker Complex in Wichita, Kan.
Tulsa Roughnecks FC
Tulsa joined the professional United Soccer League in 2015. All USL teams automatically qualify for the U.S. Open Cup, as long as they are not majority-owned by a higher-level outdoor professional league team.
Record (USL): 2-6-1
Coaches: Head coach David Irving is in his second year with Tulsa. Last season, Tulsa finished 11-11-6 and just missed a playoff spot by three points. Irving is assisted by Tom Taylor, Ryan Ego, Mac Orr and Koby Smith.
Point Leaders: Sammy Ochoa leads the team with 12 points (five goals, two assists). Last year, Ochoa led the way with 21 points (nine goals, three assists), with Brady Ballew behind him (16 points on six goals, four assists).
Goalkeepers: Alexander Mangels has played six of the nine games of Tulsa’s 2016 season, while Jake Feener suited up for the other three. Mangels and Feener have combined for 50 saves (Mangels, 40; Feener, 10).
Menace’s History in the Open Cup
This is the Menace’s 11th berth in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
All-time Record in Open Cup
Against pro teams: 6-8
Against amateur teams: 7-2
1st round: at FC Wichita (NPSL) W, 2-1
1st round: vs. Madison Fire (USASA) W, 2-1
2nd round: at Saint Louis FC (USL) L, 2-1 OT
2nd round: vs. Real Colorado (PDL) W, 3-0
3rd round: vs. Minnesota United FC (NASL) L, 0-1
1st round: vs. Madison 56ers (NPSL) W, 1-0
2nd round: at Minnesota United FC (NASL) W, 1-0
3rd round: at Sporting Kansas City (MLS) L, 0-2
1st round: vs. Milwaukee Bavarians (NPSL) W, 3-1 OT
2nd round: vs. Minnesota Stars FC (NASL) L, 0-2
1st round: vs. Chicago Fire (PDL) L, 0-1
1st round: vs. AC St. Louis (USSF D-2) L, 0-1
1st round: vs. Croatian Eagles (USASA) W, 4-1
2nd round: vs. Dallas Mustang Legends (USASA) W, 3-2
3rd round: at Minnesota Thunder (USL-1) W, 1-0
4th round: at Kansas City Wizards (MLS) L, 1-2
1st round: vs. Pittsburgh RiverHounds (USL-2) W, 1-1 (4-2)
2nd round: vs. Charleston Battery (USL-2) W, 3-2
3rd round: at Atlanta Silverbacks (USL-1) W, 5-1
4th round: at Kansas City Wizards (MLS) L, 1-6
1st round: vs. Milwaukee Bavarians SC (USASA) L, 1-2 OT
1st round: vs. New Jersey Stallions (USL-2), W 3-1
2nd round: at Rochester Rhinos (USL-1), L 2-3 OT
Roughnecks’ History in the Open Cup
This is the Roughnecks’ second appearance (and first road match) in the Cup.
2nd round: vs. Seacoast United Phantoms (PDL), W 1-0
3rd round: vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC (USL), L 0-1
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 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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