The Menace is one step away from the franchise’s fourth matchup with a Major League Soccer team. Can the Menace get another Cupset this Wednesday against San Antonio FC?
Des Moines hosts San Antonio FC, from the professional United Soccer League, in a third-round match for the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. This anticipated matchup is set for Wednesday, June 1 at 8 p.m. at Valley Stadium (4440 Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines, Iowa), following a high-school girls sub-state final.
The winner advances to a June 15 match at Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo.
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 5 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 Sept. 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 qualified for the U.S. Open Cup by finishing first last year in the Heartland Division of the Premier Development League (PDL) with a record of 11-2-1.
Record (PDL): 2-0-0
Coaches: Led by second-year head coach Mike Matkovich, who is assisted by Greg Hennelly, Mark Heath Preston, Chris Rennie and Leigh Veidman.
Point Leaders: The Menace’s eight goals have come from six players: Mark Heath-Preston and Leigh Veidman (in the first round); Sean Hoek and Elvir Ibisevic (in the second round); Christian Okeke and Ricky Hoegg (in a PDL-opening 2-1 home win over Chicago Fire U23 on May 21); Heath-Preston and Ibisevic (in a 2-0 win at St. Louis on May 28).
Goalkeepers: Nico Campbell has been the Menace’s man between the pipes for all of the team’s 2016 action so far. Aaron Orban is the team’s No. 2 keeper.
First Round: Des Moines defeated FC Wichita (NPSL), 2-1, on May 11 at Stryker Complex. Recap
Second Round: The Menace upset Tulsa Roughnecks FC (ULS), 2-0, at Valley Stadium on May 18. Recap
San Antonio FC
San Antonio FC is in its inaugural season. All United Soccer League teams (San Antonio included) 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): 2-4-4 (Every loss has been by a single goal; On a four-match winless streak, with the last win coming at home on April 30 against Tulsa. San Antonio defeated the Roughnecks, 3-1, and the Menace defeated the Roughnecks, 2-0, on May 18.
Coaches: Head coach Darren Powell
Point Leaders: In USL action, Jason Johnson (a Generation Adidas signee who was selected by Houston 13th overall in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft) leads the way with six points (three goals); Shawn Chin is second with five points (two goals, one assist). In his pro debut, Jacques Francois collected two goals (in the 70th and 74th minutes) and assisted Johnson (in the third minute), as SAFC won its Cup debut, 3-1, over Corinthians FC on May 18.
Goalkeepers: Josh Ford has 27 saves and a 0.78 Goals Against Average.
Menace’s History in the Open Cup
This is the Menace’s seventh straight year—11th in the last 15 years—in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
All-time Record in Open Cup
Against pro teams: 7-8
Against amateur teams: 7-2
1st round: at FC Wichita (NPSL) W, 2-1
2nd round: vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC (USL) W, 2-0
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, 1-0
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, 2-3
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
San Antonio FC’s History in the Open Cup
This will be San Antonio’s second match in the Cup. On May 18, the pro side defeated “Alamo Derby” foe Corinthians FC, 3-1. Recap