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Menace eyes postseason berth

Ramone Howell, Leigh Veidman, Elvir Ibisevic (left to right) and the Menace won this June 24 match, 7-0 against WSA Winnipeg. Veidman scored four goals to bring his team-high total to eight. Photo credit: Dave Mable
 
 
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Monday, June 27, 2016 – The undefeated Des Moines Menace knows a win tomorrow would clinch a spot in the Premier Development League Playoffs.
 
In a clash of the Heartland Division’s frontrunners, the first-place Menace (8-0-1) visits second-place Chicago Fire U23 (6-3-1) for a 10 a.m. kickoff at Toyota Park. This is a rematch of the Menace’s 2-1 season-opening win over the Fire on May 21 at Valley Stadium.
 
On a 17-match unbeaten streak, the Menace returns to the site of its most recent regular-season loss on U.S. soil. On June 9, 2015, the Fire converted a pair of penalty kicks to top the Menace, 2-1.
 
Des Moines is fresh off lopsided home wins over WSA Winnipeg (7-0 on Friday and 9-0 on Saturday); Chicago is coming off a 2-1 loss Saturday at Kokomo (Ind.) – where the Menace is playing this Friday and Saturday.
 
The Heartland Division’s top two teams will advance to the postseason. Also in the hunt is Des Moines arch-rival Thunder Bay (4-2-1), which invades Valley Stadium on July 9 in the Menace’s next home action.
 

Chicago Fire U23 at Des Moines Menace
Date and time: Tuesday, June 28 at 10 a.m. CDT
Venue: Toyota Park (turf) in Bridgeview, Ill.
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
 

 
ABOUT THE MENACE
  • 8-0-1 – along with FC Tucson (7-0-2), one of two unbeaten teams in the PDL.
  • Seeking its 14th playoff berth.
  • Has a league-best 30-goal scoring differential (32-2).
  • Two-time defending Heartland Division champion.
  • Captain Leigh Veidman, who scored four goals on Friday against WSA Winnipeg, is in a four-way tie for the second-most goals (eight) 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 Mark Heath-Preston and Leigh Veidman.
 
 
ABOUT CHICAGO FIRE U23
  • 6-3-1 after losing at Kokomo, 2-1, on Saturday.
  • Won the 2016 U.S. Soccer National Amateur Championship by defeating host Chattanooga FC 2-1 in the Hank Steinbrecher Cup final on May 28.
  • Mark Segbers leads the team with four goals; Charlie Mertz, Jeremiah Gutjahr, Elliot Collier and Cameron Lindley have two apiece.
  • Andrew Putna, a goalie for the 2015 Menace, leads the Fire with 32 saves; his 1.33 Goals Against Average is tied with Sawyer Jackman.
  • One of two PDL teams (along with Thunder Bay) to score against the Menace this season.
  • Directed by head coach Logan Pause, who played his entire 12-year professional career with the Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer.
 
ALL-TIME SERIES
  • Des Moines leads the series 5-4-2, after defeating Chicago, 2-1, on May 21 at Valley Stadium.
  • The Menace has outscored the Fire 24-11 overall, but has scored only twice at Chicago.
  • The Fire eliminated the Menace from the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and the 2006 PDL Playoffs.
 
MATKO CLOSE TO 100TH PDL WIN
  • Menace head coach Mike Matkovich once again faces his former team.
  • In two stints guiding the Fire U23s (2002-06 and 2014), Matkovich compiled a 78-13-9 regular-season record.
  • The Menace is 19-2-1 under the tutelage of Matko, who is just three PDL wins from the century mark (97-15-11).
 
 
STREAKS
  • Des Moines has won seven straight road matches, starting with a 4-0 victory over WSA Winnipeg on June 21, 2015.
  • The Menace is on a 17-match PDL unbeaten streak – second best in franchise history (24 from May 4, 2002 to June 7, 2003).
  • Starting with a 3-3 tie against St. Louis on July 20, 2013, the Moines is unbeaten in 20 straight home matches.
 
 
PDL HONOR ROLL
  • 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.
 
 
RECAP FROM LAST WEEKEND
  • The Menace crushed WSA Winnipeg in a doubleheader, racking up 16 goals (seven on Friday and nine on Saturday) while holding the visitors scoreless.
  • Captain Leigh Veidman scored four goals on Friday.
  • Tommy Barlow joined the franchise’s hat-trick club, scoring three consecutive goals on Saturday.
 
UP NEXT
  • The Menace travels to Kokomo for a Friday-Saturday doubleheader to close its road schedule.
  • On July 9, Des Moines will host arch-rival Thunder Bay.
 
 
 
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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