Elvir is featured on the 2017 Des Moines Menace poster. You can see him on the field, too, wearing No. 19.
Every week we spotlight Menace players in our “7 Facts” series. Make sure you’re paying attention – there’s an “alternative fact” in each story.
Let’s get to know forward and Menace returner Elvir Ibisevic.
1. He was born in Bosnia, but he and his family came to Iowa in 2000, when he was 2 years old.
2. A Johnston High School alum, Elvir helped the Dragons finish runner-up at the state soccer tournament as a sophomore. That year (2014), he scored 20 goals and earned Iowa All-State 3A First Honors.
3. Opting out of his senior season at Johnston, Elvir instead went to Bradenton, Fla., for the U.S National Residency program in 2015 and made two appearances for the United States U17 national team in 2015.
4. He signed with the University of Nebraska-Omaha a semester early and led the Mavericks' freshmen in goals (4), assists (3) and points (11) in 2016.
5. Elvir appeared in eight games on the 2016 Menace squad and scored three goals and one assist in the regular season. He also scored a goal on May 18 in the Menace’s 2-0 win over Tulsa FC in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup’s second round.
6. His cousin, Vedad, is a member of the Bosnian national team and participated in the 2014 World Cup.
7. He is the second-to-youngest player on this year’s PDL team.
Did you catch this week’s alternative fact? It was number 7… Elvir is actually the youngest player on the squad this year. He was born in 1998.
Thanks for your support of Elvir and the Menace!
Story posted on Thursday, June 22, 2017.
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