The Menace gets at least one more Open Cup match, one year after Christian Flath (8) and the Menace hosted pro sides from Tulsa (pictured) and San Antonio.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Wednesday, April 12, 2017 – The reigning National Premier Soccer League champions are visiting Valley Stadium.
In the first round of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the Des Moines Menace hosts AFC Cleveland on Wednesday, May 10. If the Menace wins this 7:30 p.m. match, the team gets to host FC Cincinnati (professional United Soccer League) on May 17.
The United States Soccer Federation announced the pairings and schedules today for the 104th annual U.S. Open Cup, which comprises 99 teams – a record for the national tournament’s Modern Era (1995-present).
Making its eighth consecutive Cup appearance (and 12th overall), the Menace looks to build upon its 14 tournament wins – the most by an amateur team. A home victory on May 10 would provide the Menace an opportunity for the franchise’s eighth upset of a professional team.
Des Moines, one of 21 Premier Development League teams in this year’s field, enters the season under the leadership of new head coach John Pascarella. The team’s league schedule opens with a May 20 home match against WSA Winnipeg.
AFC Cleveland, one of 18 NPSL sides in the tournament, starts its title defense with a May 13 home match against the Dayton Dynamo. The Royals claimed the 2016 crown last August, topping the Sonoma County Sol, 4-2, on their home field in Independence, Ohio.
Menace Season-Ticket Members receive admission to all of the team’s 2017 home dates, including matches in the Open Cup and the PDL Playoffs. Fans can reserve their season tickets by clicking here.
- The Menace earned a spot in this year’s Open Cup by finishing the 2016 PDL season with a 10-2-2 record.
- In 2016, AFC Cleveland went 8-2-0 to win the NPSL Great Lakes East Conference, and emerged victorious in four postseason matches – the first two in shootout fashion following scoreless OT stalemates – to claim the league title.
- AFC Cleveland makes its second Cup appearance, one year after topping GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL) 2-1 in Maine and dropping a 2-0 decision at Saint Louis FC – the pro team that knocked the Menace from the 2015 Open Cup.
- If AFC Cleveland wins on May 10, the Ohio team will travel for an in-state match on May 17 on FC Cincinnati’s home turf.
- Des Moines has won at least one match in each of the last five Open Cups (going 7-5 and running the franchise’s all-time Cup record to 14-11).
- In the 2016 Open Cup, the Menace came close to a fourth-round meeting with the Houston Dynamo (Major League Soccer); In a pair of home matches, Des Moines upset Tulsa (2-0 on May 18) and lost to San Antonio (2-1 on June 1).
- On May 11, 2016, second-half goals from veterans Mark Heath-Preston and Leigh Veidman rallied the Menace to victory at FC Wichita.
- Des Moines is 7-2 in Open Cup matches against fellow amateur teams.
- The Menace is 9-6 in Cup home matches (5-2 at home against amateurs).
- In 23 seasons, the Menace has compiled 249 wins in the regular season (220-117-35), the Open Cup (14-11) and the PDL Playoffs (15-15).
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. Preparing for its 24th season, the Menace men’s team competes in the Premier Development League (PDL). Entering its sixth 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 six and older), and tournaments, camps and clinics.