The Menace returns to Valley Stadium for its first home action since this 2-0 win over WSA Winnipeg on May 20. Photo credit: Joe Sprunger
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, June 2, 2017 – What better way to start your summer than kicking it with the Des Moines Menace AND the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
Des Moines hosts Minneapolis City SC at Valley Stadium tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. Youth-soccer players get in free when they wear their team jersey, and your favorite Hero in a Half Shell will be there for photographs, too.
A year after playing its inaugural season in the Premier League of America, Minneapolis City FC (1-2-1) is in the National Premier Soccer League. Last fall, the Crows qualified for the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, only to learn this winter that their change of leagues disqualified them from the national tournament.
Tomorrow marks the Menace’s only home action in a four-week spell. After opening the Premier Development League schedule with a 2-0 home win against WSA Winnipeg on May 20, the Menace lost to the St. Louis Lions last Saturday and rallied the next day for a 1-1 draw with Saint Louis FC U23.
Minneapolis City SC at Des Moines Menace
Date and time: Saturday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Valley Stadium (artificial turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Promotions: Youth Soccer Night with the Ninja Turtles. Youth soccer players wearing their team jersey get in free. Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael will be available for photographs from 6:45 until approximately 8:15.
ABOUT THE MENACE
- Three-time defending Premier Development League Heartland Division champion (10-2-2 in 2016).
- 1-1-1 on the season and fourth in the Heartland Division standings behind Saint Louis FC U23, St. Louis Lions and Chicago FC United.
- Lost to the St. Louis Lions 1-0 last Saturday and tied Saint Louis FC U23 1-1 last Sunday.
- 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 CROWS
- In its second year of existence and a first-year member of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).
- 1-2-1 on the season and seventh in the NPSL North Conference behind Dakota Fusion FC, Med City FC, Duluth FC, VSLT FC, Sioux Falls Thunder and Minnesota TwinStars.
- Coming off a 3-2 home loss to Dakota Fusion (N.D.) last Friday. Will Kidd and Martin Browne scored for the Crows.
- Roster (all Minnesota natives) includes two former professional players who have ties to the Menace – Dan O’Brien (who was part of the 2007 Menace) and Brian Kallman (whose brother, Brent, played for the Menace in 2012).
- Current Menace player Luke Haakenson suited up for the Crows for a short time last year.
- Coached by Adam Pribyl, who is assisted by Jeremy Iwaszkowiec.
ALL-TIME SERIES: MENACE VS. CROWS
- This is the first exhibition game against Minneapolis City FC, although the Menace hosted the Crows in a scrimmage at Valley Stadium on May 14, 2016.
- The Menace lost 3-1 on May 10 to AFC Cleveland – another NPSL team – in the first round of this year’s Open Cup.
RECAPPING LAST WEEKEND
- The Menace lost to the St. Louis Lions last Saturday 1-0 in Cottleville, Mo.
- Saint Louis FC U23 and Des Moines ended last Sunday in a 1-1 draw after forward Devyn Jambga netted a goal in the 74th minute to tie the game, played in Collinsville, Ill.
UP NEXT FOR THE MENACE
- The Menace travels to Canada for four games in six days.
- On June 9-10 at 6:30 p.m., the Thunder Bay Chill hosts the Menace.
- On June 13-14 at 7 p.m., the Menace faces off against WSA Winnipeg.
- Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitić will be at Valley Stadium on Saturday, June 17, when the Menace hosts arch-rival Thunder Bay.
- Fans can sign up for his camp (June 16-17) here, and an autograph/photograph session with the Barcelona star here.
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.