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Streaking Menace treks to St. Louis

Sean Hoek, Mueng Sunday and Andre Morrison (left to right) helped the Menace defeat Chicago in last Saturday's PDL opener. Photo credit: Antonio Rodriguez
 
 
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, May 27, 2016 – Going back to last season, the Des Moines Menace has the longest winning streak in franchise history.
 
The Menace seeks its 10th straight regular-season victory when the team opens its Premier Development League road schedule tomorrow against the St. Louis Lions.
 
Des Moines’ win streak survived an Opening Night scare last Saturday. Ricky Hoegg’s successful penalty kick in the 79th minute lifted the Menace over Chicago Fire U23 at Valley Stadium. The 2-1 victory also extended the Menace’s home unbeaten streak to 16.
 
The Menace’s last regular-season setback was June 19, 2015 at Thunder Bay (2-0); its last league loss on U.S. soil came 10 days earlier at Chicago (2-1). To find the franchise’s most recent PDL home loss, you’d have to go back to July 13, 2013 (2-1 to Real Colorado).
 
Another streak is on the line tomorrow for Mike Matkovich’s Menace: Des Moines is undefeated in seven straight encounters with St. Louis, and the Menace leads the Heartland Division rivals’ decade-old series, 13-5-10.
 
A busy week is ahead for Des Moines. On Wednesday (June 1), the Menace hosts San Antonio FC (professional United Soccer League) in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. For the first time in franchise history, the Menace hosts a match whose winner will advance to a matchup with a Major League Soccer team (Houston Dynamo). Expansion-side Kokomo Mantis FC ventures to Valley Stadium next Saturday (June 4).
 
 

 
Des Moines Menace at St. Louis Lions
Date and Time: Saturday, May 28 at 5 p.m. CDT
Venue: Tony Glavin Complex (grass) in St. Peters, Mo.
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
 

 
 
ABOUT THE MENACE
  • Two-time defending Premier Development League Heartland Division champion, coming off an 11-2-1 season.
  • Entered its 23rd season with an all-time PDL regular-season mark of 210-113-32.
  • Defeated Chicago Fire U23 last weekend (May 21) in its regular season opener at home.
  • Led by second-year head coach Mike Matkovich, who is assisted by Greg Hennelly, Mark Heath-Preston, Chris Rennie and Leigh Veidman.
 
ABOUT THE LIONS
  • Finished last season 4-8-2.
  • Lost at newcomer Kokomo, 2-0, last Friday and rebounded with a 4-0 home win over WSA Winnipeg on Sunday.
  • Vadim Cojocov – like the Menace’s Elvir Ibisevic, a part of this list of the PDL’s top 20 prospects – leads the team with two goals.
  • The Lions are directed by head coach Tony Glavin and assistant coach Geoff Lorimier.
 
ALL-TIME SERIES
  • Des Moines leads the all-time series 13-5-10 (8-3-4 on the road).
  • Last season, the Menace swept the Lions (5-1 on June 13 and 2-0 on July 5 in St. Peters and 4-1 on July 11 at home).
  • Since a 1-0 loss at St. Louis on May 25, 2013, the Menace has strung together a seven-match unbeaten streak (5-0-2) against the Lions.
 
RECAP FROM LAST SATURDAY
  • Des Moines topped Chicago Fire U23, 2-1, at Valley Stadium.
  • The goals came from Christian Okeke (57th minute) and Ricky Hoegg (79th).
  • Hoegg’s goal derived from a PK after Anthony Brown was brought down in the box.
  • The win arrived three days after upsetting Tulsa Roughnecks FC (professional United Soccer League) in a second-round match of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
 
UP NEXT
  • On Wednesday (June 1), Des Moines hosts San Antonio FC (professional United Soccer League) in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. On the line is a matchup with the Houston Dynamo.
  • A home date with expansion-side Kokomo Mantis FC next Staurday (June 4) is the Menace’s next PDL action.
 
 
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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