Ryosuke's Menace debut on May 24 featured two goals and a couple near-misses, including this header in the first half. Photo credit: Jayde Vogeler
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Thursday, May 31, 2018 – In the span of 48 hours, forward Kino Ryosuke collected four goals and helped the Des Moines Menace win its first two games of the 2018 season.
The Menace newcomer is the Premier Development League Player of the Week, announced today by league officials.
Ryosuke scored twice in Des Moines’ 3-0 Opening Night win over WSA Winnipeg last Thursday at Valley Stadium, and he repeated this feat two days later in a 4-1 road victory against the St. Louis Lions.
A native of Hyogo, Japan, Ryosuke is transferring to Louisville after a couple record-breaking years at Marshalltown Community College. He’s the Menace’s first PDL Player of the Week since Chris Hellmann (July 3, 2014 and July 23, 2015).
Earlier this afternoon, Ryosuke and Menace defenders Biko Brennan and Wilfred Williams were named to the TopDrawerSoccer PDL Central Conference Team of the Week.
The Menace looks to build on its early-season success tomorrow at Kaw Valley FC (in Lawrence, Kan.) and Saturday in a sequel at St. Louis.
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. In its 25th season, the Menace men’s team competes in the Premier Development League (PDL). Entering its seventh 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 promotes the growth of soccer through these youth programs: Junior Menace (ages 3-9), Menace Academy (ages six and older), and tournaments, camps and clinics.