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Arch-rivals clash in high-stakes match

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, July 8, 2016 – With a postseason spot already in hand, the Des Moines Menace hosts the Thunder Bay Chill with a whole lot on the line tomorrow at Valley Stadium.
For the 10th straight Premier Development League season, the Heartland Division champion will be Des Moines or Thunder Bay. The first-place Menace is 9-2-1 (28 points), with just one remaining league match after this weekend; the Chill – on a seven-match unbeaten streak since being swept by the Menace on Canadian soil last month – is 7-2-2 (23 points), with two games left.
Heading into the last week of the season, here’s what is at stake in tomorrow’s pivotal showdown…
If the Menace wins:
  • Des Moines three-peats as Heartland Division champion.
  • A win would give the Menace 31 points, while dropping the Chill’s maximum points to 29.
If the Chill wins:
  • Thunder Bay stays in the running for the division crown.
  • Thunder Bay would keep its max of 32 points, and the Menace’s max points would drop to 31.
If the Menace and the Chill tie:
  • The Menace would still control its fate heading into the team’s season-closing home match with St. Louis on Saturday, July 16.
  • A tie would give the Menace 29 points with a max of 32, and the Chill would have 24 points, with a max of 30, heading into a pair of midweek home matches.
For the first time since 2001-03, the Menace has secured three straight postseason berths. Des Moines can thank its arch-rivals: Thunder Bay’s 4-1 win at Chicago (7-4-2, 23 points) yesterday solidified the Menace’s spot in the PDL Playoffs.
The Menace eyes its first season sweep of the Chill since Des Moines’ defending PDL champions took all four matches in the 2006 series.

Thunder Bay Chill at Des Moines Menace

Date and time: Saturday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
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Preceded by: 4:30 p.m. Women’s Premier Soccer League match between the Menace and Quad City.


  • 9-2-1 (28 points) after going 1-1-0 at Kokomo Mantis FC last weekend.
  • Has a league-best 29-goal differential (34-5).
  • Undefeated in 20 straight regular-season home matches; last home loss was July 13, 2013 against Real Colorado (2-1).
  • Two-time defending Heartland Division champion.
  • Captain Leigh Veidman, who was on last week’s PDL Team of the Week, is in a three-way tie for fifth most goals (nine) 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.
  • 7-2-2 after defeating Chicago Fire U23, 4-1, on Thursday.
  • Tied with Chicago for second place (23 points) in the Heartland Division.
  • Has a goal differential of 14 (26-12).
  • Sullivan Oliveira Silva, who scored a hat-trick yesterday, and Anthony Putrus lead the team with eight goals; Chris Jones (three), Ross Lindsay (three), Daniel Farias De Oliveira, Pedro Adan, Evan Sawula and Nicolas Chiappetta have also scored.
  • Directed by head coach Giovanni Petraglia, who is in his second year as Chill head coach.
  • The PDL’s oldest rivalry began in 2000.
  • Winning six of its last seven matches with the Chill, Des Moines has reclaimed the series lead, 28-24-4, including 16-8-1 at home.
  • Des Moines swept host Thunder Bay 2-0 on June 10 and 2-1 on June 11.
  • Since shutting out Des Moines in a pair of 2-0 wins on June 14-15 in 2013, the Chill has not defeated the Menace at Valley Stadium.
  • Each of the previous nine seasons (2007-2015) has finished with either the Menace or the Chill as the Heartland Division champion.
  • The Menace has won six of the last seven matches against the Chill.
  • Des Moines is looking for its first season sweep of Thunder Bay since the 2006 Menace won all four games of the series.
  • The Menace is 20-4-2 under the tutelage of head coach Mike Matkovich, who is just two PDL wins from the century mark (98-17-11).
  • In two stints guiding Chicago Fire U23 (2002-06 and 2014), Matkovich compiled a 78-13-9 regular-season record.
  • 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.
  • Veidman was named to the PDL Team of the Week on June 29.
  • Forward Tommy Barlow received honorable mention on June 29.
  • Des Moines is headed to the postseason for the 14th time in 23 seasons.
  • The Menace has yet to go more than two straight years without a postseason appearance.
  • Highlights include the 2005 PDL championship and division crowns in 2002, 2009, 2014 and 2015.
  • On Friday, July 15, Des Moines hosts Toledo United FC for an exhibition followed by fireworks.
  • The Menace finishes the regular season by hosting the St. Louis Lions on Saturday, July 16.
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 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 seven and older), tournaments, camps and clinics.


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