Brandon Fricke (left), Gabe Christianson and the Menace see their first road action since this 1-1 draw at Saint Louis FC U23 on May 28. Photo credit: Joe Sprunger
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Thursday, June 8, 2017 – The coming week for the Des Moines Menace will bring four Premier Development League matches and more than 30 hours on the road.
Des Moines (1-1-1) will battle arch-rival Thunder Bay (2-0-0) tomorrow and Saturday. From the southernmost part of Ontario, the Menace will travel west to southern Manitoba for midweek action against WSA Winnipeg (0-6-1), next Tuesday and Wednesday.
That makes for four games in six days, and five games in nine days – the Menace welcomes Thunder Bay for an anticipated June 17 matchup featuring FC Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitić. Fans can sign up for a V.I.P. experience, including a game ticket, an autograph session and a photograph with the international star, here. Boys and girls, ages 7-19, can sign up for a June16-17 camp with Rakitić, here.
In the PDL’s oldest rivalry, Des Moines and Thunder Bay have been clashing since 2000. The Menace is unbeaten in seven of its last eight meetings with the Chill, taking a 28-24-5 edge in the all-time series. In 2016, Des Moines swept a doubleheader in Thunder Bay and struck late to earn a 1-1 tie in the teams’ only meeting on the Menace’s home turf.
Each of the last 10 seasons has ended with Des Moines or Thunder Bay as the Heartland Division champion. The Menace has finished at the top the last three seasons.
Des Moines Menace at Thunder Bay Chill
Date and time: Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10, at 7:30 p.m. EDT
Venue: Fort Williams Stadium (artificial turf) in Thunder Bay, Ontario
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Des Moines Menace at WSA Winnipeg
Date and time: Tuesday, June 13 and Wednesday, June 14, at 7 p.m. CDT
Venue: Winnipeg Soccer Federation North (indoor facility) in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
ABOUT THE MENACE
- Three-time defending Premier Development League Heartland Division champion (10-2-2 in 2016).
- 1-1-1 in league play.
- Coming off a 3-0 exhibition win against Minneapolis City SC last Saturday at Valley Stadium.
- Has not lost a game in Canada since a 2-0 loss against Thunder Bay on June 19, 2015.
- Devyn Jambga (two goals) and Hayden Partain have scored the Menace’s PDL goals.
- First-year head coach John Pascarella is assisted by Greg Hennelly, Matt Kennedy and Tiley Nunnink.
ABOUT THE CHILL
- 2-0-0 in league play after opening the season with road wins against WSA Winnipeg – 1-0 on June 3 and 3-0 the next day.
- Abraham Villon scored a goal in each match; Guillame Kremer and German Alfaro scored on June 4.
- Fourth in the Week 5 Central Conference Power Rankings, behind K-W United FC, the Michigan Bucks and Saint Louis FC U23.
- Finished last season 7-2-5 and second in the Heartland Division behind Des Moines.
- Last won the Heartland Division in 2013, on the way to the PDL final (a 3-1 loss to the host Austin Aztex).
- Coached by Giovanni Petraglia, who is assisted by Stefano Cristali, Saverio Lento and Aarno Peura.
ABOUT WSA WINNIPEG
- Opened the season with five road matches in one week.
- 0-6-1 in league play and last in the Heartland Division, with its lone point from a 1-1 tie at Chicago FC United on May 26.
- Finished on the bottom of the PDL Heartland Division standings in 2016 with a 1-11-2 record.
- Coached by Eduardo Badescu, who is assisted by William Rosales.
ALL-TIME SERIES: MENACE VS. CHILL
- The PDL’s oldest rivalry began in 2000.
- Des Moines or Thunder Bay has been the Heartland Division champ the last 10 seasons.
- The Menace’s all-time record against the Chill is 28-24-5 (13-16-3 away) with a 104-87 scoring differential.
- Des Moines has taken the season series from Thunder Bay each of the last three years, but is still looking for its first season sweep since 2006.
- In 2016, the Menace went 2-0-1 against the Chill, the draw coming on July 9 to keep the Menace’s division title hopes alive.
- The Menace hosts the Chill at Valley Stadium on July 17 at 7:30 p.m.
ALL-TIME SERIES: MENACE VS. WSA WINNIPEG
- The Menace is undefeated against the Wolf Pack, 17-0-1 (8-0-1 in Winnipeg) in a series that began in 2011.
- Des Moines beat Winnipeg 2-0 at Valley Stadium on May 20.
- In the 2016 season, the teams met three times, with Des Moines outscoring Winnipeg 22-0 on June 14 in Manitoba (6-0) and at home on June 24 (7-0) and June 25 (9-0).
- Des Moines has outscored Winnipeg 65-8 (31-7 on the road)
- Since a 4-1 victory at Winnipeg on May 30, 2013, the Menace has 10 straight shutouts in the series.
- The teams’ lone tie came on June 2, 2012 in Winnipeg; two late goals from the Menace salvaged a 2-2 draw.
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.
- 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 3-0 at home against Minneapolis City in an exhibition game.
- David Zalzman scored a hat trick, with goals in the 21st, 51st and 61st minutes.
UP NEXT FOR THE MENACE
- The Menace hosts Thunder Bay at 7:30 p.m. on June 17 at Valley Stadium.
- The arch-rival match will be preceded by the Iowa High School Boys All-Star Game at 5 p.m.
- Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitić will be at Valley Stadium on June 17
- 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). In 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.