Nico Campbell has helped the Menace to a 2-0-0 start in league play. Photo credit: Dan Hodges / Cityview
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - Thursday, June 2, 2016 - The Des Moines Menace's Nico Campbell is the goalkeeper on the Premier Development League Team of the Week, announced by the PDL yesterday.
Campbell earned the shutout in a 2-0 win at St. Louis on Saturday, improving to 6-1-0 in PDL matches in his two years with the Menace. He has played every minute this season, including the team's run in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which ended last night with a 2-1 home loss to San Antonio FC in the third round.
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Campbell heads into his senior year at Valparaiso as the Horizon League’s reigning Goalkeeper of the Year. He is the first Menace player to receive weekly PDL honors in 2016, and he’s the first Menace goalie on the Team of the Week since Dan Williams was named PDL Player of the Week in June 2008.
Joining Campbell on this week’s team are Heartland Division foes Michael Jiminez, a Chicago Fire U23 defender, and Xhovani Dokaj, a Kokomo striker whose hat trick led the way in Mantis FC’s 4-0 home win over WSA Winnipeg on May 23.
UP NEXT: Des Moines hosts Kokomo Mantis FC on Youth Soccer Night this Saturday. Youth-soccer players get in for $1 when they wear their team jersey to a doubleheader that begins at 4:30 with the Menace women opening their home slate against the Kansas City Courage.
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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