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First-place Menace hosts one-win Winnipeg

Jimmy Fiscus, Jack Griffin and Nick Jones (left to right) celebrate Jones' game-winning goal last Saturday against St. Louis. Photo credit: Stodden Photography, LLC.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Thursday, June 23, 2016 – Opposite ends of the Heartland Division standings will clash in a Friday-Saturday doubleheader at Valley Stadium.

The first-place Des Moines Menace (6-0-1) and last-place WSA Winnipeg (1-9-0) meet in a contrast of Premier Development League teams.
Des Moines has outscored foes 16-2, racking up a 14-goal differential that is tied with the Charlotte Eagles for best in the PDL. WSA Winnipeg has been outscored 3-31 and carries the worst goal differential in the 67-team league.
In the last two and a half seasons, the Menace – the division’s two-time defending champion – has gone 28-3-4. In the same time span, WSA Winnipeg has won as many games as the Menace has lost.
Head coach Mike Matkovich’s Menace looks to continue a year-long, 15-match unbeaten streak that began with a 4-0 win at Winnipeg on June 21, 2015. With positive results this weekend, Des Moines would pull out of the first-place tie with Chicago (6-2-1), which plays at Kokomo on Saturday and hosts the Menace on Tuesday.

WSA Winnipeg at Des Moines Menace
Date and time: Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Promotions: Wear red and receive a $5 ticket on Friday. Wear your favorite international club’s jersey on Saturday for a chance to play Bubble Soccer, presented by Bounce DM, during halftime.

  • 6-0-1 – the Menace’s best start since the eventual PDL champs began the 2005 season with an identical mark.
  • Two-time defending PDL Heartland Division champion.
  • Captain Leigh Veidman leads the way with four goals – one in each of the last four games.
  • Led by second-year head coach Mike Matkovich, who is assisted by Greg Hennelly, Mark Heath-Preston, Chris Rennie and Leigh Veidman.
  • 1-9-0, on a three-match losing streak after losing at Thunder Bay Chill last weekend (2-0 on June 17 and 1-0 on June 18).
  • Broke its 31-game winless streak (0-28-3) by defeating Chicago Fire U23, 1-0, on June 12 at home.
  • Finished last season 0-12-2.
  • Led by Eduardo Badescu (2011-present), who is assisted by William Rosales.
  • Des Moines leads the all-time series 14-0-1 (6-0-0 at home) and has outscored WSA 47-8 (16-1 at home).
  • Since a 4-1 victory at Winnipeg on May 30, 2013, the Menace has seven straight shutouts in the series.
  • In the teams’ only other meeting this season, Des Moines received goals from six players in a 6-0 win in Manitoba on June 14.
  • Last season, the Menace swept WSA (1-0 at home on May 23 and 4-0 in Winnipeg on June 21).
  • The Menace is unbeaten in18 straight home matches, a franchise record starting July 20, 2013 (3-3 tie with St. Louis).
  • Des Moines’ 15-match PDL unbeaten streak (tied for second-best in club history) started last June 21 (4-0 win at Winnipeg).
  • The Menace was won seven straight road matches – tied for best in franchise history.
  • Goalkeeper Nico Campbell was named to the PDL Team of the Week on June 1.
  • Captain Leigh Veidman was named to the PDL Team of the Week on June 15.
  • Veidman received honorable mention on June 22.
  • Des Moines topped the St. Louis Lions, 2-0, at Valley Stadium.
  • Goals came from Nick Jones (69th minute) and Leigh Veidman (73rd).
  • Road games against Chicago Fire U23 (Tuesday) and Kokomo Mantis FC (Friday and Saturday) follow the home weekend doubleheader.
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 in its 23rd season. In their fifth season, 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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