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Playoff picture for Menace: win and in

Devyn Jamba, Ramone Howell and Isaiah Madrid (left to right) celebrate the first of Howell's two goals that lifted the Menace past the St. Louis Lions on July 8. Photo credit: Joe Sprunger

 

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa. – Thursday, July 13, 2017 – It all comes down to this weekend.

The Des Moines Menace closes the regular season with a Friday-Saturday doubleheader at Valley Stadium, and the team must win at least one of these games to clinch its fourth straight appearance in the Premier Development League playoffs.

Saint Louis FC U23 (tomorrow) and Chicago FC United (Saturday) are trying to disrupt the Menace’s postseason plans. Both have walked away from Valley Stadium with a win earlier in the season.

With a 4-0 home victory over the St. Louis Lions yesterday, the Thunder Bay Chill (9-3-2, 29 points) clinched the Heartland Division championship, ceasing the Menace’s three-year streak of division titles.

In the race for the division’s second and final playoff spot, the Menace (6-4-2, 20 points) sits in second place, and the Lions (6-6-1, 19 points) and Saint Louis FC U23 (5-4-4, 19 points) are tied for third.

Des Moines’ playoff hopes remained alive with last Saturday’s 3-1 home win over the Lions, thanks to Ramone Howell’s two goals in the PDL Game of the Week.

 

 
Saint Louis FC U23 at Des Moines Menace
Date and time: Friday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Valley Stadium (artificial turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Promotions: Post-game fireworks
 
Chicago FC United at Des Moines Menace
Date and time: Saturday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Valley Stadium (artificial turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Preceded by: 4:30 Women’s Premier Soccer League match, Menace vs. Chicago Red Stars Reserves
Promotions: Fan Appreciation Night
 
 

 
 

ABOUT THE MENACE

  • 6-4-2, in second place in the Heartland Division.
  • Coming off of a crucial 3-1 win over the St. Louis Lions last Saturday to keep the PDL playoff hopes alive.
  • Devyn Jambga (11 points on five goals and one assist) and Hayden Partain (eight points on three goals and two assists) are the team’s offensive leaders.
  • First-year head coach John Pascarella is assisted by Greg Hennelly and Tiley Nunnink.

 

ABOUT SAINT LOUIS FC U23

  • 5-4-4 and in fourth place in the Heartland Division.
  • Coming off a 4-1 loss at WSA Winnipeg on Sunday.
  • Closes the season with its fifth straight road matches.
  • Sam Gainford leads the team with four goals and three assists.
  • Finished fourth out of five teams in the PDL Mid-South Division in 2016 (3-8-3).
  • Head coach Kevin Stoll is assisted by Shawn Hewitt and Santiago Castillo.

 

ABOUT CHICAGO FC UNITED

  • 4-3-5 in its first PDL season, in fifth place in the Heartland Division, behind fourth-place Saint Louis FC (5-4-4).
  • Coming off a 4-1 Wednesday-night home loss to the Michigan Bucks, the champs of Central Conference and the Great Lakes Division.
  • Ryan Sierakowki leads the team with 14 points (six goals, two assists)
  • Chris Mueller (a member of the 2016 Menace) is No. 12 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 in May, with wins over Grand Rapids FC (1-0) and the pro Pittsburgh Riverhounds (3-1).
  • Coached by Steve Morris, who is assisted by Graham Brennan.

 

ALL-TIME SERIES: MENACE VS. SLFC U23

  • This is the teams’ third meeting, after a 1-1 draw on May 28 in St. Louis and a 2-1 Menace loss at Valley Stadium on July 1.

 

ALL-TIME SERIES: MENACE VS. CHICAGO FC UNITED

  • This is the teams’ third meeting, after a 1-1 draw on June 20 in Chicago and a 1-0 Menace loss at Valley Stadium on June 24.

 

RECAPPING LAST SATURDAY

  • The Menace rallied for a critical 3-1 win over the St. Louis Lions to propel Des Moines into second place in the Heartland Division.
  • Hayden Partain scored in the 33rd minute, and Ramone Howell followed with goals in first-half stoppage time and the 84th minute.

 

HEARTLAND DIVISION STANDINGS (as of July 13)

  • Division Champion: Thunder Bay Chill (9-3-2, 29 points)
  • MENACE (6-4-2, 20 points, +6 goal difference)
  • St. Louis Lions (6-6-1, 19 points, -5 goal difference)
  • Saint Louis FC U23 (5-4-4, 19 points, 0 goal difference)
  • Chicago FC United (4-4-5, 17 points, +4 goal difference)
  • WSA Winnipeg (1-11-1, 4 points)
  • PDL playoff spots go to the two teams with the most points in the regular season.
  • On Friday, WSA Winnipeg hosts the St. Louis Lions in the division’s final match not involving the Menace.

 

TIE-BREAKERS (according to the 2017 PDL Operations Manual)

  • Head-to-head record based on total points in league games
  • Total wins in league games
  • Goal difference in league games
  • Goals scoring in league games

 

DES MOINES MENACE 2017 SCHEDULE

(6-4-2 PDL: 3-2-0 home, 3-2-2 road)

 
Wednesday, May 10 AFC Cleveland (OC) L, 3-1
Saturday, May 20      WSA Winnipeg                      W, 2-1
Saturday, May 27       at St. Louis Lions                     L, 0-1
Sunday, May 28         at Saint Louis FC U23             T, 1-1
 
Saturday, June 3       Minneapolis City SC (E)       W, 3-0
Friday, June 9            at Thunder Bay Chill               W, 1-0
Saturday, June 10      at Thunder Bay Chill               L, 0-2
Tuesday, June 13       at WSA Winnipeg                    W, 3-1
Wednesday, June 14  at WSA Winnipeg                    W, 3-0
Saturday, June 17     Thunder Bay Chill                W, 1-0
Tuesday, June 20       at Chicago FC United             T, 1-1
Saturday, June 24     Chicago FC United               L, 0-1
 
Saturday, July 1        Saint Louis FC U23               L, 1-2
Friday, July 7             Sporting KC U23 (E)             L, 2-3
Saturday, July 8        St. Louis Lions                      W, 3-1
Friday, July 14           Saint Louis FC U23               7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, July 15      Chicago FC United               7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
 
Friday, July 21            Premier Development League Playoffs
Saturday, July 22        Premier Development League Playoffs
Saturday, July 29        Semifinals, Premier Development League Playoffs
Saturday, Aug. 5         Premier Development League Championship

 

All games are listed in Des Moines time.

E = Exhibition              OC = Open Cup

 

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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