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Menace hunts for another home "Cupset"

From The Des Moines Register's archives: This story is from the Menace's most recent home win over a pro team -- the Charleston Battery, on June 29, 2005.
 
 
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Tuesday, May 17, 2016 – It’s been more than a decade since the Des Moines Menace’s last home win against a professional team in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
 
This could change tomorrow night, when the upset-minded Menace welcomes Tulsa Roughnecks FC to Valley Stadium.
 
At stake for the Menace is an opportunity to host a third-round match against the winner of tomorrow night’s “Alamo Derby” between Corinthians FC of San Antonio (amateur National Premier Soccer League) and San Antonio FC (professional United Soccer League).
 
The last time the Menace overcame a professional team at home was back in 2005, when the eventual Premier Development League champs upset three pro teams. In the first and second rounds of the Cup, the Menace took down the Pittsburgh RiverHounds and the Charleston Battery at Waukee Stadium. A third-round road win against the Atlanta Silverbacks set up the franchise’s first matchup with a Major League Soccer team. Kansas City knocked the Menace from the 2005 U.S. Open Cup (and also in 2006 and 2013).
 
In 10 previous Cup appearances, the Menace has collected six wins against professional teams – the second-highest total by an amateur side. Des Moines gets a shot at a team that has found the going rough in its second USL season. With four losses by a single goal, Tulsa is 2-6-1 and has yet to play in a 2016 match decided by more than two scores.
 
This is the first of two Menace home matches in four days. Des Moines opens its Premier Development League season on Saturday against Chicago Fire U23.
 
 

 
Tulsa Roughnecks FC at Des Moines Menace
Date and Time: Wednesday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Competition: 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, second round
 

 
 
ABOUT THE MENACE
  • Two-time defending Premier Development League Heartland Division champion, coming off an 11-2-1 season.
  • Makes its 11th U.S. Open Cup appearance – all in the last 15 years.
  • Opens its 23rd PDL season on Saturday, against Chicago Fire U23 at Valley Stadium.
  • Led by second-year head coach Mike Matkovich, who is assisted by Greg Hennelly, Mark Heath-Preston, Chris Rennie and Leigh Veidman.
 
ABOUT TULSA ROUGHNECKS FC
  • Tulsa joined the professional United Soccer League in 2015, finishing its inaugural season 11-11-6.
  • One of 17 USL teams in the 2016 U.S. Open Cup.
  • 2-6-1, coming off a 2-1 road loss to Swope Park Rangers (Sporting Kansas City affiliate) on Saturday.
  • Snapped a five-match winless streak with a 2-1 win at Seattle Sounders 2 (coached by former Menace and MLS standout Ezra Hendrickson) on May 4.
  • Will be back at home this Saturday to face Saint Louis FC – the team that bumped the Menace from the 2015 Open Cup.
  •  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).
  • Head coach David Irving is in his second year with Tulsa, and is assisted by Tom Taylor, Ryan Ego, Mac Orr and Koby Smith.
 
LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP
  • In its 103rd straight year of competition.
  • With 91 teams this year, the Cup comprises 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), Major League Soccer (MLS).
  • The winner 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.
  • Sporting Kansas City won the 2015 Open Cup final by outlasting the host Philadelphia Union in a shootout last September.
  • For comprehensive coverage of the Open Cup, visit http://www.usopencup.org/ and http://thecup.us/
 
MENACE IN THE U.S. OPEN CUP
  • Makes its seventh straight (and 11th overall) appearance in the U.S. Open Cup.
  • Has a five-year streak of winning at least one game. (2012 at Milwaukee Bavarians; 2013 vs. Madison 56ers and at Minnesota United FC; 2014 vs. Real Colorado Foxes; 2015 vs. Madison Fire; 2016 at FC Wichita).
  • The franchise’s first four Cup berths came in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006.
  • Menace is 13-10 all-time in the Open Cup – 6-8 against pro teams and 8-5 at home.
  • Last Wednesday (May 11), the Menace opened the tournament with a 2-1 road victory against FC Wichita (NPSL) at Stryker Complex in Wichita, Kan.
 
TULSA ROUGHNECKS FC IN THE U.S. OPEN CUP
  • Makes its second appearance in the U.S. Open Cup and prepares for its first road match in the national tournament.
  • Last year, Tulsa won its U.S Open Cup debut, 1-0 against Seacoast United Phantoms (PDL), but was knocked out by in-state rival Oklahoma City Energy FC by an identical scoreline.
 
MENACE IN ELITE COMPANY
  • The Menace has six U.S. Open Cup wins against professional teams, second to the Michigan Bucks (nine wins) and just ahead of the Ocean City Nor’easters (five) on the list of amateur sides who have won David-vs.-Goliath matchups in the storied tournament.
  •  Des Moines’ 13 Open Cup wins are tied with Michigan for the most by an amateur team.
  •  Des Moines and Ocean City (N.J.) are tied for the longest active streak of Cup berths by amateur franchises – seven years.
 
LISTING THE MENACE’S UPSETS OF PRO TEAMS
  • June 11, 2002 vs. New Jersey Barons (USL-2) – W, 3-1
  • June 15, 2005 vs. Pittsburgh RiverHounds (USL-2) – W, 1-1 (4-2 shootout win)
  • June 29, 2005 vs. Charleston Battery (USL-2) – W, 3-2
  • July 12, 2005 at Atlanta Silverbacks (USL-1) – W, 5-1
  • June 28, 2006 at Minnesota Thunder (USL-1) – W, 1-0
  • May 21, 2013 at Minnesota United FC (NASL) – W, 1-0
 
RECAP FROM LAST WEDNESDAY
  • In the first-round, Open Cup debutant FC Wichita struck first at Stryker Complex: Carlos Contreras scored in the 46th minute to spot the home side a lead that lasted for about 10 minutes.
  • Mark Heath-Preston (57th minute) and Leigh Veidman (85th) – the Menace’s top returning scorers – scored to help the Menace advance with a 2-1 victory.
 
UP NEXT
  • Des Moines opens up its 2016 Premier Development League season on May 21 against Chicago Fire U23. Fans receive magnet schedules, presented by Kum & Go and Frito Lay.
  • If the Menace wins tomorrow, it hosts a third-round match against Corinthians FC of San Antonio or San Antonio FC on June 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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