Articles from 2013
The Menace's 2013 was chock-full of changes, celebrations and new heights. Join us as we look back on this eventful year.
Colorado Rapids rookie sensation Deshorn Brown headlines the success stories of former Menace players in the pros in 2013.
Visit the new website for Junior Menace, our popular program for boys and girls ages 3-9, and make plans to be part of the fun at one of our four winter locations.
Congrats to the long list of Menace alumni who received accolades for this college season, including Big Ten Tournament Offensive MVP Jamie Vollmer of Indiana.
Congratulations to the Menace alumni who received recognition for their 2013 college seasons.
The Menace's USASA Region II final against Schwaben AC has been moved from Dec. 8 to a spring date and neutral site to be determined.
Jonny Macadam's 30 points lead all Menace PDL alums for the 2013 college season. Macadam and the top-ranked Grand View Vikings are headed to the NAIA tournament, set for Dec. 2-7 in Montgomery, Ala.
On a snow-covered field, on a frigid Saturday night (Nov. 23), the Menace defeated RWB Adria, 3-0, to secure its spot in next year's national tournament.
The Menace hosts a storied Chicago club on Saturday (Nov. 23) at 7 p.m. in the USASA National Cups, Region II Tournament. The winner gets a berth in the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Vanessa Batista (9) was a key player in AIB's second-year turnaround. We catch up with Batista and a long list of Menace alums making their mark in the college ranks.
With three goals early in the second half, the Menace defeated the Kansas City Athletics on Saturday (Nov. 16). Next up: A Nov. 23 semifinal match at Valley Stadium.
The Menace hosts the Kansas City Athletics on Saturday (Nov. 16), when these familiar foes duke it out in USASA cup action.
The Menace's USASA entry in the National Cups competition features Sean Hoek (17) and an arsenal of former Menace PDL players. Their cup journey begins Saturday, Nov. 16 in a 2 p.m. home match.
On Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m., the Menace plays the Kansas City Athletics at Valley Stadium, in the opening round of the USASA National Cups, Region II Open Cup.
Mike Jeffries, who guided the Menace to the third round of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, will be back for his second season with the Menace.
Menace fans are invited along for the ride on Wednesday, Oct. 23, when we'll bus-trip it to Kansas City for a CONCACAF Champions League match between Sporting KC and Olimpia (Honduras). RSVP by Sept. 23.
The Menace's 2013 season is in the books, but there's still plenty of soccer nearby. Put these fall dates on your calendar, and make plans to join us for some exciting soccer!
Join us as we revisit a season marked by a memorable run in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Thank you for your support of Menace Soccer: 20 seasons and counting!
Congratulations to Rachel Avant (pictured), Jordan Bishop, Haley Helverson and Katie Hurd on earned all-conference recognition.
Jordan Guy, Lyle Hunt and Matthew DeWitt reflect on their 2013 Menace internships, and they provide some advice for future interns.
Congratulations to captain Brandon Fricke, the third Menace player to receive all-league recognition!
A new league and a playoff run highlighted the second season for the Menace women.
Scott Angevine is the Menace's 2013 MVP. Who else received team honors?
Jordan Bishop (left) is the Menace's 2013 MVP. Who are the other award winners?
Shadow Sebele (pictured) scored a goal and assisted Brandon Fricke and Sean Hoek. Unfortunately for the Menace, the St. Louis Lions responded each time in the July 20 finale.
Fans coming to Saturday's season finale can expect fireworks, on and off the field. The Menace looks to beat the St. Louis Lions, to secure a winning season.
Menace defensive-midfielder Fatai Alabi shows who he is in the season's final Player Spotlight.
Soccer fans of all ages are invited to play in the Principal Financial Group Street Soccer Zone on Thursday (July 18). Menace players will be on hand from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., at the Principal Plaza.
Saturday, July 20 is Fan Appreciation Night. Fireworks punctuate the 2013 season, following the Menace's 7:30 rivalry match against St. Louis.
In a battle for the Midwest Division championship, Fire and Ice SC eliminated the Menace with a 2-0 win on Sunday, July 14.
The Real Colorado Foxes defeated the Menace 2-1 on Saturday to secure the Heartland Division's second and final spot in the PDL playoffs.
After toppling the home-team Ohio Galaxies, the Menace advances to the WPSL Midwest Division championship match: Sunday against Fire and Ice SC.
Scott Angevine (pictured) and the Menace have posted three straight shutout wins. Can they keep it going on Saturday at home?
The Menace heads to Ohio for the Women's Premier Soccer League playoffs.
Des Moines Menace forward Nico Wright displays his dreams in this weeks Player Spotlight!
After closing the PDL road slate with a 4-2-1 mark, the Menace looks to finish strong at home the next two Saturdays.
The Menace heads to Overland Park, Kan., for a must-win encounter with the Kansas City Brass on Tuesday. The team finishes at home the next two Saturdays.
The Menace closes the season at home the next two Saturdays. Show your support by wearing red to the July 13 showdown with Real Colorado, and you'll get a ticket for just $5.
Chris Harmon scored in the 82nd minute of a lightning-delayed 1-0 win at St. Louis on Saturday night.
With a 1-0 win at Quad City on Saturday (July 6), the Menace punched its ticket to the postseason. Jordan Bishop (pictured) scored Des Moines' goal.
The Madison 56ers scored late in each half, rallying past the visiting Menace, 2-1. Holly Winters (pictured) scored in the 16th minute. Des Moines looks to bounce back Saturday at Quad City.
With a Saturday-night clash at rival St. Louis, Des Moines opens a slate of four must-win matches to close the regular season.
The Menace women close the regular season with a pair of pivotal matches: Friday at Madison and Saturday at Quad City.
Menace Midfielder reveals how she really is in this week's Player Spotlight.
Des Moines Menace Midfielder Sean Hoek unleashes his personality in this week's Player Spotlight.
A 2-1 win on Saturday against Twin Cities BK closes the Menace's June schedule. Next up: Four must-win games in July.
The East girls got past the West in a PK shootout; the East boys rolled to a 7-2 triumph. The Menace hosted the all-star games as part of a Saturday tripleheader.
The Menace hosts Twin Cities BK in a Saturday-night exhibition. It's a full day at Valley Stadium, with a blood drive in the morning and the Iowa high school all-star games in the afternoon.
The Menace women went 0-2-1 in the National Women's Open Cup, played June 25-27 in Overland Park, Kan.
Organized by the Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association, the boys and girls East-West Cup matches will be played at Valley Stadium on Saturday. A Menace PDL exhibition caps off the tripleheader.
Versatile weapon Jamie Vollmer showsoff his energetic personality in this week's Player Spotlight.
It's a big week for the Menace ladies, who play Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the National Women's Open Cup. Overland Park (Kan.) Soccer Complex is the site of this national tournament.
Nico Wright's header goal in the 81st minute broke the Menace's slump in a 1-0 win over Kansas City on Saturday.
Lindsey Bardole's goal (pictured) was the Menace's only score in a 2-1 loss to Quad City on Saturday.
In their final home action, the Menace ladies host the Quad City Eagles on Saturday.
Looking to get back to its winning ways, the Des Moines Menace welcomes the Kansas City Brass for a Saturday-night matchup.
Exhibition hero Tori VonMende displays her enjoyable outlook during this week's women's Player Spotlight.
LifeServe Blood Center, the Des Moines Menace, and Megan’s Legacy are teaming up to save lives. Here's your chance to give blood and show your Menace spirit.
Defensive-staple Taylor Diem displays his entertaining view on life in this weeks Player Spotlight.
We welcome more than 200 elite U13-U19 boys and girls teams from across the Midwest. The US Youth Soccer Regional Championships go from Saturday through Wednesday.
The Thunder Bay Chill defeated the Menace, 2-0, on Saturday (June 15), to sweep the season series with a trio of wins.
Tori VonMende netted the game-winner in the 86th minute, lifting the Menace past the Iowa Rush, 2-1, on Saturday (June 15).
The Menace looks to bounce back on Saturday (June 15), in a rematch of Friday's loss to Thunder Bay.
The Menace women take a break from league play, hosting a Saturday exhibition on Blackout Night.
Congratulations to the Menace Academy U13 boys, who are head coach Tomas Boltnar's second State Cup championship team of the year.
Thunder Bay, the Heartland Division front-runner, is in town for a pivotal doubleheader. Friday is Bobblehead Night; Saturday is Blackout Night.
Get to know Shadow Sebele, who came to play all the way from Zimbabwe, in this week's Player Spotlight!
Late-game hero Katie Hurd shows us why she is who she is in this week's Player Spotlight.
The Menace is back at it for a Friday-Saturday doubledip with Thunder Bay, and the first 1,000 fans through the gates on Friday get Maniac bobblehead.
In a seven-goal turnaround, the Menace grounded the Kansas City Shock, 4-0, on Sunday (June 9) at scenic Teamwork Acres.
Springfield's Eric Martin scored in the 86th minute on Saturday (June 8), giving his team its first win on the Menace's home turf.
Katie Hurd (pictured) was the hero in the Menace's first WPSL win. Her game-winner came in the 90th minute, lifting the team past Madison.
Prepare to meet homegrown goalkeeper Andrea Swanson, our first women's spotlight of the season.
After six straight matches on the road, the Menace plays five straight at home, starting Saturday (June 8) against Springfield.
The Menace preps for its first WPSL home games, on Saturday (June 8) at Valley Stadium and on Sunday (June 9) at Teamwork Acres.
Get to know team-driven forward Chris Harmon, our first player spotlight of the season.
Nico Wright (pictured) got the scoring started, and the Menace cruised to a 5-1 win at Kansas City on Wednesday (June 5).
Children of all abilities are invited to join us for Menace Camp -- the chance to learn the game from members of Iowa's premier men's and women's soccer teams. Save $10 when you sign up by Friday!
A trip to Kansas City on Wednesday (June 5) is the final match in a six-match streak of away games for the Menace, which plays at home the next four weekends.
The Menace's next home action is Saturday, June 8 -- a men's-women's doubleheader on Youth Soccer Night. Find out how players, coaches and referees receive FREE admission on this fun night.
The Chill downed the Menace on Saturday (June 1), extending to seven its home unbeatern streak in the rivals' series.
The Menace wraps up its Canadian tour with a Saturday-night (June 1) bout at Thunder Bay. This is the team's third road match in five days.
Chris Harmon (pictured) and the Menace staked an early 3-0 lead and never looked back on Thursday (May 30) in Winnipeg.
The Menace jumps back into the Premier Development League schedule tonight (May 30), with the first of two straight matches in Canada.
The Menace's first-ever match in an MLS venue was a memorable one that ended in a two-goal loss to Major League Soccer's Sporting KC on Tuesday (May 28).
Under the national spotlight, the Menace gets the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play at Sporting KC tonight (May 28). Live streaming for this 7:30 p.m. match at Sporting Park. is available at SportingKC.com.
Congratulations to Menace captain Brandon Fricke, the Player of the Round for last week's matches in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Menace goalkeeper Scott Angevine, a native of Kansas City, Kan., returns to his hometown for an Open Cup showdown with his former team, Sporting Kansas City.
More than 100 fans have reserved their spots to be part of our Open Cup Bus Trip, presented by Trans Iowa Charters. Find out how you can still purchase tickets for Tuesday's match.
The Menace lost at Kansas City, 3-0, in the franchise's first-ever Women's Premier Soccer League match, on Saturday (May 26).
The Menace fell 1-0 at St. Louis on Saturday (May 25). It's on to Tuesday's highly anticipated Open Cup match at Sporting KC.
Des Moines makes its Women's Premier Soccer League debut on Sunday (May 26) at Kansas City.
Jimmy Tuloch (pictured) and the Menace hop back into PDL play, with a Saturday (May 25) match at St. Louis, before Tuesday's showdown at Sporting KC.
Defender Taylor Diem earned a spot on the Premier Development League's Team of the Week, announced by the United Soccer Leagues on Thursday (May 23).
Brandon Fricke (pictured, right) headed in the game's only goal, as the Menace upset Minnesota, 1-0, on Tuesday (May 21) to set up a May 28 showdown with Major League Soccer's Sporting KC.
The Menace eyes an upset Minnesota United FC, for the chance to play at Major League Soccer's Sporting KC on May 28.
Taylor Diem (pictured, in the air) headed in the only goal the Menace needed, in a 1-0 win over WSA Winnipeg on Saturday (May 18).
Back-to-back goals by Jenna Richins and Tori VonMende gave Des Moines an exhibition win over WSA Winnipeg on Saturday (May 18).
The second season of Menace women's soccer commences Saturday (May 18), with an exhibition against WSA Winnipeg.
Capping off the first men's-women's doubleheader of 2013, the Menace hosts WSA Winnipeg in the season's first Premier Development League home action, Saturday (May 18) at 7:30 p.m.
Jimmy Tulloch's goal (pictured) was enough to send the Menace to the next round of the U.S. Open Cup. A 1-0 win over Madison (May 15) earned the team a May 21 visit to pro side Minnesota United F.C.
The Menace hosts Madison on Wednesday in the first round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, looking for its first cup win in four tries at Valley Stadium.
David Santamaria's first-half goal gave the Menace a 1-0 lead that the visitors reliquished late in a season-opening 1-1 draw at Springfield on May 11.
Leading into the May 11 season opener, head coach Mike Jeffries carries lofty expectations for the 2013 Menace.
See what players are coming into the fold, as the Menace prepares to get the 2013 Premier Development League season off the ground on May 11.
The Menace's 2013 home slate starts Wednesday, May 15, hosting the Madison 56ers in the first round of the 100th annual Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Scott Angevine (pictured), a goalkeeper with Major League Soccer experience, is one of many exciting players preparing for their Menace debuts. The season starts Saturday, May 11 in Springfield (Mo.).
Brandon Fricke (pictured) returns for his fourth season with the Menace. He's joined by seven teammates from last year's squad.
Fans, we're asking for your input on the Menace's all-time team, as we celebrate our 20th season. Pick your top 11. Nominees include (front to back) Edwin Disang, Nicki Paterson and Tomas Boltnar.
Boys and girls, ages three through nine, are invited to be part of the fun at Junior Menace, a five-week program that starts in late April.
The Menace's WPSL season includes five home matches, starting with a May 18 exhibition against WSA Winnipeg, as part of a doubleheader at Valley Stadium.
Men's and women's soccer players are invited to try out for the Menace on Saturday, April 6 at Valley Stadium.
Congratulations to Megan Burditt, Taylor Hoffman, Kelsey Hofmann, Haley Jensen and Zendy Montalvo, who have committed to college-soccer programs.
After a dominant inaugural season, the Menace enters the Women's Premier Soccer League. With more than 70 teams, the WPSL is the largest national women's soccer league in the world.
Kyle Zobeck (pictured with the 2009 Menace) and Lebogang Moloto (2010-12 Menace) were selected in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft, bringing to 30 the number of Menace alumni drafted by MLS teams.
The Menace's 2013 home slate starts May 18 and closes on July 20.
Former Menace standout Deshorn Brown (2011), pictured, was chosen by Colorado with the No. 6 pick of the 2013 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. Stephen Okai (2010) was selected 31st by Philadelphia.
Mike Jeffries brings international, professional and college experience to his new role as the Menace's head coach. A former member of the USMNT, he has coached more than 10 years in MLS.