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Menace hosts Chicago for round two

With Lake Michigan as the backdrop, the Menace and host Chicago tied 1-1 on Tuesday (June 20). Photo credit: Joe Sprunger


WEST DES MOINES, Iowa. – Friday, June 23, 2017 – After dueling to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday, the Des Moines Menace and Chicago FC United won’t have to wait long for a rematch.

The teams meet again tomorrow at Valley Stadium, where the Menace is undefeated in 24 straight regular-season matches.

In Evanston, Ill., on Tuesday, Chicago led from the 48th minute until the final minute of stoppage time goal. Johan De Picker’s late goal allowed the visitors to escape with a tie.

Tomorrow, Des Moines hopes to walk away with more than one point.

“We were relieved but not totally satisfied with the draw,” De Picker, said after Tuesday’s game. “We’ll be looking for payback on Saturday. I think it will be huge for us to have all the fans behind us the rest of the way.”

With its Premier Development League road schedule finished, the Menace will be at home the next four weekends to close the season.

Des Moines (5-2-2) is atop the Heartland Division standings, and newcomer Chicago (1-1-5) sits in fifth. Both sides are undefeated in their last four PDL matches.




Chicago FC United at Des Moines Menace
Date and time: Saturday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Valley Stadium (artificial turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Live updates:
Live stream:
Promotions: We’re giving away $1,000 in Kum & Go gift cards and fans 18 and older can participate in halftime Bubble Soccer, presented by Bounce DM.
Preceded by: Iowa High School All-Star Game (Girls) at 4:30 p.m.



  • 5-2-2, in first place in the Heartland Division.
  • Three-time defending Premier Development League Heartland Division champion.
  • Carries a 24-match unbeaten streak in regular-season home games (since a 2-1 loss to Real Colorado on July 13, 2013).
  • Coming off a 1-1 draw against Chicago on Tuesday.
  • 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.



  • 1-1-5 in its first PDL season, in fifth place in the Heartland Division, behind fourth-place Saint Louis FC (2-2-3).
  • Has tied its last four matches, including Tuesday’s 1-1 home draw against the Menace.
  • Chris Mueller (a member of the 2016 Menace) leads the team with four goals. He’s also No. 16 on the PDL’s Top Prospect list. Tommy Barlow (the second-leading scorer for the 2016 Menace) is also on the team.
  • 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 Steve Morris, who is assisted by Graham Brennan.



  • This is the teams’ second meeting, and it comes just four days after their 1-1 draw in Evanston.
  • The Menace also hosts Chicago on July 15, for the teams’ regular-season finale.



  • The Menace tied Chicago 1-1 in Des Moines’ last road game of the regular season.
  • Johan De Picker netted the Menace’s only goal in the last minute of stoppage time to seal the draw. David Zalzman assisted De Picker’s header heroics.



  • MENACE (5-2-2, 17 points)
  • St. Louis Lions (5-2-1, 16 points)
  • Thunder Bay Chill (3-2-1, 10 points)
  • Saint Louis FC (2-2-3, 9 points)
  • Chicago FC United (1-1-5, 8 points)
  • WSA Winnipeg (0-8-1, 1 point)
  • PDL playoff spots go to the two teams with the most points in the regular season.



  • The Menace is home the following three weekends.
  • Des Moines welcomes Saint Louis FC U23 next Saturday.



  • On July 1, the game will be followed by post-game fireworks.


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.



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