Captain Brandon Fricke saw his first Menace action seven years ago, when he was just 18. He's the oldest member of this year's team.
This season, we have been spotlighting 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 Menace mainstay Brandon Fricke.
1. A native of Grimes, he attended Dallas Center-Grimes High School. He was an All-State selection and team captain for the Mustangs in 2010.
2. In six years with the Menace (2010-2014, 2017), he has recorded close to 6,000 minutes for the PDL team.
3. Brandon was drafted by the Colorado Rapids in the 2015 MLS Superdraft with the 83rd pick overall. He signed with the Rapids’ United Soccer League affiliate, the Charlotte Independence. In 2016, he played with Nybro IF, a professional club in Sweden.
4. In 2013, Brandon scored the lone goal to pull off a second-round Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup upset. His 85th-minute header sealed the 1-0 win over North American Soccer League power and the favored pro New York Cosmos.
5. After his redshirt season at Butler in 2010, Brandon was a starter for the Bulldogs the next four years.
6. A mechanical engineering graduate, he earned NCAA Division-I First Team Academic All-America honors his senior year (2014).
7. He was a member of the 2013 All-PDL Team. That means he was one of the top 11 standouts in a 64-team league with more than 1,200 players.
Did you catch this week’s alternative fact?
It was number 4… Brandon’s header defeated an NASL team in the 2013 Open Cup, but it was Minnesota United FC, not the New York Cosmos.
Thanks for your support of Brandon and the Menace!
Story posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.
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