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Meet Andy Gruenebaum at Friday's game

Andy Gruenebaum's MLS career ended with Sporting Kansas City in 2014. He'll join us for the Menace's home match with Sporting KC U23.


The most accomplished goalkeeper in Menace history is returning to Des Moines.

Andy Gruenebaum, who propelled the Menace to its 2005 league championship and who played nine years in Major League Soccer, will make an appearance on Friday at Valley Stadium.

Come to the Menace’s match against Sporting Kansas City U23, and you’ll have the chance to meet Andy. He’ll be available for photographs and autographs from 7:15 to 8 p.m.

Andy’s MLS career started less than a year after he led the Menace to the Premier Development League title. He tended goal for the Columbus Crew (2006-2013) and his hometown club, Sporting KC (2014).

He plans on working with the Menace’s goalies in a Thursday-night training session, and he’ll be running an AG30 Goalkeepers’ Clinic on Friday morning.


We are excited to host Andy, and we hope you’ll help us give him a warm welcome back to Des Moines!



  • The Most Valuable Player of the Premier Development League’s 2005 championship match, which the Menace won in a shootout following 120 scoreless minutes against the host El Paso Patriots.
  • Helped the Menace upset three pro teams to reach the fourth round of the 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
  • One of 34 Menace alumni who have reached Major League Soccer.
  • Drafted by Columbus with the third pick in the 2006 MLS Supplemental Draft.
  • Won the 2008 MLS Cup with the Crew.
  • Grew up in Overland Park, Kan., and attended the University of Kentucky.
  • Made 80 appearances for Columbus and 11 for Sporting KC.
  • The Crew’s MVP in 2012, when his 124 saves led MLS.
  • Runs AG30, providing goalkeeping and supplemental training for youth-soccer players in the Kansas City area and beyond.
  • His nicknames include “G-Baum” and “The Hebrew Hammer.”


Story posted Sunday, July 2, 2017


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.

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