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Home win would set up MLS matchup

Ramone Howell, Connor Corrigan, Christian Flath (left to right) and company upset Tulsa Roughnecks FC in this May 18 match at Valley Stadium. Photo credit: Antonio Rodriguez
 
 
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Tuesday, May 31, 2016 – Is another home Cupset in the works?
 
With a June 15 match at Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo up for grabs, the Des Moines Menace hosts San Antonio FC tomorrow at 8 p.m. The third-round Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tilt comes two weeks after the Menace upset another team from the professional United Soccer League – Tulsa Roughnecks FC (2-0 on May 18).
 
In 10 previous appearances in the U.S. Open Cup, the Menace has earned three meetings with MLS teams. In 2005, 2006 and 2013, Des Moines went toe-to-toe with Sporting Kansas City, and the Menace clinched all of these marquee matchups by winning away from home.
 
One of three Premier Development League teams (out of 19 that entered the tournament three weeks ago) that have survived to round three, the Menace is 14-10 all-time in the Cup – 7-5 against non-MLS professional teams.
 
In its inaugural season, San Antonio FC is 2-4-4, though every loss has been decided by a single goal. Since downing Tulsa, 3-1, on April 30, the team is on a four-match winless streak in USL play. SAFC made a successful Cup debut on May 18, ousting “Alamo Derby” foe Corinthians FC (National Premier Soccer League), 3-1.
 
For the second time in two weeks, the Menace will play two home matches in four days. Kokomo Mantis FC comes to Valley Stadium on Saturday.
 

San Antonio FC at Des Moines Menace
Date and Time: Wednesday, June 1 at 8 p.m. CDT
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Competition: 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, third round
 

 
ABOUT THE MENACE
  • 2-0-0 to start the Premier Development League season, with a win at home (2-1 over Chicago Fire U23 on May 21) and on the road (2-0 at St. Louis last Saturday).
  • Two-time defending PDL Heartland Division champion (11-2-1 in 2015).
  • Making its 11th U.S. Open Cup appearance – all in the last 15 years.
  • The team’s PDL goals have come from Christian Okeke, Ricky Hoegg, Mark-Heath Preston and Elvir Ibisevic.
  • Open Cup goals have come from Heath-Preston, Ibisevic, Leigh Veidman and Sean Hoek.
  • Nico Campbell, who is backed up by Aaron Orban, has been the Menace’s man in goal for every minute this season, posting a 0.50 GAA in the Open Cup and in the PDL.
  • Led by second-year head coach Mike Matkovich, who is assisted by Greg Hennelly and Chris Rennie, as well as player-coaches Heath-Preston and Veidman.
 
ABOUT SAN ANTONIO FC
  • One of 14 United Soccer League teams still in the 2016 U.S. Open Cup (17 entered the tournament in the second round).
  • 2-4-4, on a four-match winless streak; After debuting with a road win against Seattle Sounders 2 (3-0 on April 3), has just one more win in league play (3-1 over Tulsa at home on April 30).
  • Sees its first action since a scoreless draw with Rio Grande Valley last Wednesday (May 25, at home); these Lone Star foes meet again this Saturday on the Toros’ home pitch in Edinburg, Texas.
  • In USL play, Jason Johnson (who has three MLS goals in 41 appearances with Houston and Chicago) leads the team with six points (three goals, including two in the first 10 minutes of the season); Shawn Chin is second with five points (two goals, one assist).
  • In his pro debut, Jacques Francois scored back-to-back goals (in the 70th and 74th minutes) and assisted Johnson (in the third minute), as SAFC won its U.S. Open Cup debut, 3-1, over Corinthians FC on May 18.
  • Minutes leader Greg Cochrane (831 minutes) has made 28 MLS appearances (12 with L.A. in 2013 and 16 with Chicago the past two seasons).
  • Josh Ford (0.78 GAA and 27 saves), who made a couple MLS appearances with Orlando City SC last year, has been San Antonio FC’s goalkeeper in all but one of the team’s league matches.
  • Additional team members with MLS experience are Carlos Alvarez (Colorado Rapids), Danny Garcia (FC Dallas) and Manolo Sanchez (New York Red Bulls); Bobby Moseley is on loan from Stoke City of the English Premier League.
  • A first-year team with aspirations of joining MLS; part of a parent company that owns several sports franchises, including the five-time National Basketball Association champion San Antonio Spurs.
 
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
  • Making 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 and vs. Tulsa).
  • The franchise’s first four Cup berths came in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006.
  • 14-10 all-time in the Open Cup – 7-8 against pro teams and 9-5 at home.
  • Opened the tournament with a 2-1 road victory against FC Wichita (NPSL) on May 11 and upset Tulsa Roughnecks FC (USL), 2-0, at Valley Stadium one week later.
 
SAN ANTONIO FC IN THE U.S. OPEN CUP
  •  Won its Cup debut, 3-1, over “Alamo Derby” foe Corinthians FC on May 18.
 
MENACE IN ELITE COMPANY
  • The Menace has seven U.S. Open Cup wins against professional teams, second to the Michigan Bucks (nine wins) on the list of amateur sides who have won David-vs.-Goliath matchups in the storied tournament.
  • Des Moines’ 14 Open Cup wins are the most by an amateur team; Michigan has 13 wins in the tournament.
  • No other amateur team has won at least one Cup match in each of the last five tournaments.
  • The Menace is the lone PDL representative that has defeated a pro team in this year’s tournament; In round two, Kitsap defeated fellow PDL side Seattle Sounders U23 on May 18, and Jersey Express downed the New York Pancyprian Freedoms (USASA) on May 20.
 
LISTING THE SEVEN AMATEUR TEAMS STILL IN THIS YEAR’S TOURNAMENT
  • For these third-round matchups (all scheduled for June 1), home teams are listed first; Amateur teams are underlined.
  • Des Moines Menace (PDL) vs. San Antonio FC (USL)
  • Chattanooga FC (NPSL) vs. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)
  • New York Cosmos (NASL) vs. Jersey Express (PDL)
  • Kitsap Pumas (PDL) vs. Sacramento Republic (USL)
  • La Maquina (USASA) vs. L.A. Wolves (USASA)
  • Rochester Rhinos (USL) vs. Lansdowne Bhoys FC (USASA)
 
LISTING THE MENACE’S SEVEN 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
  • May 18, 2015 vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC (USL) – W, 2-0
 
UP NEXT FOR MENACE
  • Des Moines dives back into league action on Saturday, hosting PDL newcomer Kokomo Mantis FC at 7:30, following a 4:30 match for the Menace ladies, who host the Kansas City Courage in the team’s first Women’s Premier Soccer League home match of 2016.
  • Saturday is Youth Soccer Night, when all youth soccer players in their team jerseys will receive a ticket for $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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