Tor Trosten and the Menace have reached the end of their 2017 road schedule. Photo credit: Joe Sprunger
EVANSTON, Ill. – Tuesday, June 20, 2017 – The Des Moines Menace and Chicago FC United will meet for the first time tonight.
They’ll meet for the second time on Saturday.
Chicago FC United, a first-year member of the Premier Development League, hosts tonight’s match at Lakeside Field on the Northwestern University campus. The teams’ rematch comes four days later at Valley Stadium.
Des Moines enters the week in the Heartland Division’s top spot. The Menace is 5-2-1 (16 points) and looking to build on a three-match winning streak that continued with last Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Thunder Bay.
Right behind the Menace in the divisional standings are St. Louis (4-2-1, 13 points) and Thunder Bay (3-2-1, 10 points). With a 1-1-4 mark, Chicago FC United is winless since a 6-0 season-opening home win over St. Louis on May 23. In inter-division play on Sunday, Chicago turned a two-goal deficit into a 2-2 road result against defending PDL champ Michigan.
Tonight is the Menace’s last road match of the regular-season. John Pascarella’s team will be at home the next four weekends.
Des Moines Menace at Chicago FC United
Date and time: Tuesday, June 20 at 7 p.m. CDT
Venue: Lakeside Field (artificial turf) in Evanston, Ill.
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Live updates: https://twitter.com/MenaceSoccer
ABOUT THE MENACE
- Enters its last road match with a 5-2-1 record, in first place in the Heartland Division.
- Three-time defending Premier Development League Heartland Division champion (10-2-2 in 2016).
- Devyn Jambga leads the team with five goals (10 points); Hayden Partain is second with six points (two goals, two assists).
- First-year head coach John Pascarella is assisted by Greg Hennelly, Matt Kennedy and Tiley Nunnink.
ABOUT CHICAGO FC UNITED
- 1-1-4 in its first PDL season, in fifth place in the Heartland Division, behind fourth-place Saint Louis FC (2-1-3).
- Has tied its last three matches, including Sunday’s 2-2 inter-division draw at defending PDL champ Michigan.
- Chris Mueller (a member of the 2016 Menace) leads the team with four goals. He scored in the 89th minute to secure the tie at Michigan.
- Advanced to the third round of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup last month, with wins over Grand Rapids FC (1-0) and the pro Pittsburgh Riverhounds (3-1).
- Lost 1-0 at Christos FC (Md.) on May 31 in the Open Cup’s third round; Christos FC lost to D.C. United, 4-1, on June 14.
- Coached by Charlie Trout.
- This is the teams’ first meeting.
- Des Moines hosts Chicago this Saturday and on July 15, in the teams’ last match of the regular season.
RECAPPING LAST SATURDAY
- The Menace defeated the Thunder Bay Chill, 1-0, at Valley Stadium.
- Hayden Partain assisted Tucker Stephenson’s 30-yard rocket in the 56th minute.
- For the fourth straight season, the Menace took the series against its arch-rival (2-1-0).
- Kyle Ihn earned his second 1-0 shutout against Thunder Bay, eight days after an identical victory in Canada.
UP NEXT FOR THE MENACE
- After wrapping up its road slate tonight, the Menace is home the next four weekends.
- Des Moines welcomes Chicago FC (June 24) and Saint Louis FC U23 (July 1) for its next two.
- On Saturday, June 24, when the Menace hosts Chicago FC United, we will be giving away $1,000 in Kum & Go gift cards.
- Bubble Soccer, presented by Bounce Des Moines, will be part of the June 24 halftime activities.
- The Menace hosts the girls’ edition of the 2017 East-West All-Star Cup, this Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
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.