Tucker Stephenson (left) and the Menace are looking to build on this 2-0 season-opening win over WSA Winnipeg. Photo credit: Joe Sprunger
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, May 26, 2017 – It will be an “Arch” rival weekend for the Des Moines Menace in its first road action of the 2017 Premier Development League season.
Playing on both sides of the Mississippi River, the Menace will face the St. Louis Lions and Saint Louis FC U23.
The Lions host the Menace tomorrow in Cottleville, Mo. Less than 24 hours later, Saint Louis FC U23 welcomes the Menace to Collinsville, Ill., for the teams’ first meeting.
Saint Louis FC U23 joins the Heartland Division after going 3-8-3 in its inaugural PDL season, as a member of the Mid-South Division.
Des Moines is coming off a 2-0 season-opening win against WSA Winnipeg last Saturday at Valley Stadium. Goals from midfielder Hayden Partain and forward Devyn Jamba secured the 250th win in franchise history.
Des Moines Menace at St. Louis Lions
Date and Time: Saturday, May 27 at 5 p.m. CDT
Venue: Tony Glavin Soccer Complex (grass field) in Cottleville, Mo.
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Des Moines Menace at Saint Louis FC U23
Date and Time: Sunday, May 28 at 3:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: SLSG Collinsville (grass field) in Collinsville, Ill.
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
ABOUT THE MENACE
- Three-time defending Premier Development League Heartland Division champion (10-2-2 in 2016).
- Coming off a 2-0 PDL win against WSA Winnipeg at home on May 20. Hayden Partain (33rd minute) and Devyn Jambga (81st minute) netted the two goals in the victory.
- Last weekend’s win was the 250th win in franchise history. (221-117-35 PDL, 14-12 Open Cup and 15-15 PDL Playoffs).
- On a four-match unbeaten streak in PDL regular-season play since July 1, 2016 (2-0 loss at Kokomo Mantis FC).
- Familiar faces on this year’s roster include Brandon Fricke (2010-14 Menace), Mueng Sunday (2014-16 Menace) and Elvir Ibisevic (2016 Menace).
- First-year head coach John Pascarella is assisted by Greg Hennelly, Matt Kennedy and Tiley Nunnink.
ABOUT THE LIONS
- 1-1 on the season after defeating WSA Winnipeg 3-0 on Sunday and losing to Chicago FC United 6-0 on Tuesday.
- Sit in fourth in the PDL Heartland Division standings. In 2016, the Lions finished in fifth place (2-8-4).
- In the win against WSA Winnipeg, received goals midfielders Cody Blentlinger and Justin Stinson and forward Vadim Cojocov.
- Head coach Tony Glavin has been coaching St. Louis since its inaugural season in 2006.
ABOUT SAINT LOUIS FC U23
- Finished fourth out of five teams in the PDL Mid-South Division in 2016 (3-8-3).
- Coming off a doubleheader win versus WSA Winnipeg on Tuesday (1-0) and Wednesday (2-0), making the club 2-0 on the season.
- Head coach Kevin Stoll is assisted by Shawn Hewitt and Santiago Castillo.
ALL-TIME SERIES: MENACE VS. LIONS
- The Menace holds a 16-5-10 all-time record against the Lions in a series that began in 2006.
- Des Moines has a winning record at St. Louis (9-3-4).
- In 2016, the Menace went 3-0 versus the Lions and outscored St. Louis 6-1 (63-35 all time).
- Des Moines has not lost to St. Louis since a 1-0 away defeat on May 25, 2013. The Menace has gone 8-0-2 with the Lions since then.
- The Menace hosts the Lions on Saturday, July 8 at Valley Stadium.
ALL-TIME SERIES: MENACE VS. SAINT LOUIS FC U23
- Sunday will be the first meeting between these teams, though the Menace has faced SLFC’s senior team.
- In the second round of the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, host Saint Louis FC (pro United Soccer League) outlasted the Menace, 2-1, in overtime.
- SLFC U23 visits the Menace on July 1 and July 14, with fireworks displays scheduled both nights.
ABOUT THE PDL HEARTLAND DIVISION
- The Menace (24th season), WSA Winnipeg (seventh season), the St. Louis Lions (12th season) and the Thunder Bay Chill (18th season) are back in the division, joined by newcomers FC United Chicago and Saint Louis FC U23.
- FC United Chicago is one win from a fourth-round matchup with D.C. United in the U.S. Open Cup. After a 3-1 home upset of Pittsburgh (United Sccer League) on May 17, F.C. United moves on to a May 31 match at fellow amateur team Christos FC (Md.).
- Des Moines or Thunder Bay has been the Heartland Division champ the last 10 seasons.
- The 72-team PDL comprises 10 divisions and four conferences; the Heartland Division and the Great Lakes Division are in the Central Conference.
RECAPPING LAST SATURDAY
- The Menace won its season opener vs. WSA Winnipeg 2-0 on May 20.
- A free-kick goal from Hayden Partain put the Menace up 1-0 in the 33rd minute, and Devyn Jambga, assisted by Lucas Stauffer, added the insurance goal in the 81st minute.
- It was Des Moines’ 250th franchise win and 17th win against WSA Winnipeg (17-0-1).
- It was first-year head coach John Pascarella’s first PDL win since he coached the Northern Virginia Royals in 2007-2008. For the past eight years, he was an assistant coach for Sporting Kansas City.
UP NEXT FOR THE MENACE
- The Menace hosts Minneapolis City SC (National Premier Soccer League) on Saturday, June 3 at Valley Stadium.
- Saturday, June 3 is Youth Soccer Night, at Valley Stadium.
- On June 3, youth-soccer players wearing their team jerseys get in free, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will make an appearance.
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. In 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.