Articles from 2015
Southern Methodist midfielder John Lujano, the Menace's 2015 captain, is part of this long list of honorees from the past college season.
NAIA all-America goalkeeper Kaylin Swart headlines this year's list of college honors earned by former members of the Menace women's team.
Congratulations to Menace general manager Matt Homonoff on earning PDL Executive of the Year! The good news came on Dec. 11 in Clearwater, Fla.
Menace season-ticket members receive one of these cool scarves, while limited supplies last.
The Menace Academy U16 boys are Iowa State Cup champions for the fourth straight year. Their 3-0 win over CRSA on Nov. 1 in Muscatine makes them 20-0 all-time in the state tournament.
On the heels of a successful 2015 season, Mike Matkovich has signed a one-year contract to continue as the Menace PDL team's head coach.
A look back at the Menace's summer and some of the numbers etched in the organization's 2015 record books. Thank you, Menace fans!
In this Q&A feature, Aaron Wylie and Collin Hemann talk about their experiences as part of the Menace's 2015 internship program.
Congratulations to the Menace Academy U15s on their memorable run at the U.S. Youth Soccer Region-II Tournament in Wisconsin.
Rallying with three goals after halftime, K-W United ended the Menace's season on Friday (July 24) with a 3-2 win at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac, Mich.
A decade ago, the Menace stamped the star on its logo by winning the PDL championship. To keep alive hopes of adding a second star, the Menace needs to come home from Michigan with two wins.
Chris Hellmann's Friday-night hat trick earned him the Premier Development League's top weekly honor.
In Pontiac, Mich., on Friday (July 24), the Menace opens the PDL Playoffs against K-W Untied FC, which won a play-in match against FC London on Tuesday.
The red-hot Menace heads to Pontiac for a shot at the Central Conference title. If the Menace can come home with two wins, it advances to the PDL Championships July 31 and Aug. 2.
The Menace closed its regular season witha 3-0 win over Chicago Fire U23 on Saturday (July 18) at Valley Stadium. The division champs head into the PDL Playoffs on a roll.
Needing a win to repeat as PDL Heartland Division champ, the Menace got it in a ginormous way -- 10-0 over Chicago Fire U23 on Friday (July 17).
With the division title on the line, the postseason-bound Menace hosts Chicago Fire U23 on Friday and Saturday to close the regular season.
Cheer on the Menace to the PDL Heartland Division title. Friday is Fireworks Night and Saturday is Fan Appreciation Night. See you at Valley Stadium!
With a 2-0 win at Springfield on Tuesday (July 14), the Menace has clinched a postseason spot and put itself in a prime position heading into a Friday-Saturday home doubleheader.
The Menace heads into a busy stretch to close the regular season: Tuesday (July 14) at Springfield and a Friday-Saturday double-dip at home.
Danielle Puddefoot's three goals -- all in the final 15 minutes -- gave the Menace women a 3-0, season-closing win at Minnesota on Sunday (July 12).
After a 4-1 home win over St. Louis on Saturday (July 11), the Menace needs to win one of its three remaining matches to clinch a postseason spot.
Fire and Ice dealt the Menace a 1-0 loss on Saturday (July 11) at Valley Stadium.
Opening a stretch of four games in eight days to finish the regular season, the Menace hosts St. Louis on Saturday (July 11).
Needing a pair of wins to finish with a .500 mark, the Menace hosts Fire and Ice SC on Saturday and travels to Minnesota on Sunday.
The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup ended with U.S. gold and lots of exciting moments. Members of the Menace WPSL team share their favorite memories from the tournament.
After winning 2-0 at St. Louis on Sunday (June 5), the Menace plays three of its four remaining matches at home -- July 11, 17 and 18.
Riding a three-match unbeaten streak, the Menace heads to St. Louis for a Sunday (July 5) showdown with the rival Lions.
Following road losses on June 26 and 27, the Menace looks to regroup for its final 2015 action: July 11 at home against Fire and Ice SC and July 12 at Minnesota.
Fernando Machado is on the PDL Team of the Week, announced Wednesday (July 1). Menace teammates Shawn Claud Lawson and Leigh Veidman have received honorable mention.
The Menace defeated arch-rival Thunder Bay on Saturday (June 27) to grab the top spot in the PDL Heartland Division.
In the 2015 Iowa East-West All-Star Cups on Saturday (June 27) at Valley Stadium, the West girls (6-1) and the East boys (2-0) finished on top.
With a 3-1 win over Springfield on Friday, the Menace secured the Kum & Go Kup and set up a Saturday battle with Thunder Bay for first place in the PDL Heartland Division.
The Menace hosts Springfield and Thunder Bay in a pivotal Friday-Saturday doubleheader.
On Friday and Saturday (June 26-27) Menace faces the top teams in the WPSL Midwest-Central Division.
Iowa's boys and girls all-stars will take center stage at Valley Stadium this Saturday, ahead of the Menace's PDL showdown with Thunder Bay.
With a 4-0 road win on Sunday (June 21), the Menace improved to 12-0-1 all-time against WSA Winnipeg. The third-place Menace plays key home matches on Friday and Saturday.
The Thunder Bay Chill downed the Menace on Friday (June 19) in the first half of Des Moines' 2015 Canadian tour.
Wrapping up a four-match road swing, the Menace plays at Thunder Bay on Friday and at Winnipeg on Sunday.
The Menace women tied Kansas City on Sunday (June 14) in Olathe, Kan., in a carbon copy of the teams' May 30 meeting at Valley Stadium. Photo credit: @KCCourageSoccer
Redemption came in decisive fashion for the Menace on Saturday (June 13) at Cownie Soccer Park. The teams did all of the scoring in the second half.
The Menace got back on track with a decisive win at St. Louis on Saturday (June 13). With goals in back-to-back minutes, Vince Cicciarelli led the scoring.
In a matchup between the Heartland Dvision's top two teams from a year ago, the Menace battles rival St. Louis on Saturday (June 13) at 5 p.m.
Cownie Soccer Park is the site of an instate showdown on Saturday (June 13) between the Menace and the Quad City Eagles.
This story and video feature goalkeeper Karen Norden, who is excited to see her native Sweden face the U.S. in the World Cup.
Chicago Fire U23 made good on a pair of penalty kicks on Tuesday (June 9), handing the Menace its first regular-season loss in nearly a year.
Menace head coach Mike Matkovich faces his former team, Chicago Fire U23, in a Tuesday-morning clash at Toyota Park.
Cody Lofgren and Ben Maurey scored for the Menace in an exhibition win on Saturday (June 6).
The Chicago Red Stars Reserves continued their dominance of the Des Moines Menace women, winning 4-0 at Valley Stadium on Saturday (June 6).
In the teams' last home action until a June 26-27 doubleheader, the Menace hosts Muskegon on Saturday.
As the FIFA Women's World Cup kicks off in Canada, we've asked the Menace women to predict who will win it all on July 5.
Des Moines is looking for its first win against Chicago, a year after the Red Stars Reserves swept the Menace and claimed the division crown. The teams meet Saturday at Valley Stadium.
This week, we shine the spotlight on the Menace's bearded center back from Ankeny.
The Quad City Eagles downed the visiting Menace, 2-0, on Sunday (May 31). This ends the Menace's six-match unbeaten streak that started last June.
In the second leg of the Kum & Go Kup, neither the Menace nor the Springfield Synergy found the net on Saturday (May 30) at Valley Stadium.
Katie Hurd's goal in the 75th minute gave the Menace ladies their first draw in 30 matches spanning four seasons.
Two weeks after winning in Springfield, the Menace hosts the Synergy on Saturday (May 30) at Valley Stadium.
We get to know Alec Bartlett, a third-year Menace defender preparing for his senior season at Drake.
The Menace welcomes the Kansas City Courage for a 4:30 match on Saturday (May 30) and travels for a Sunday road match with the Quad City Eagles.
Raul Gonzalez assisted C. Nortey in the third minute of the Menace's 1-0 win on Saturday (May 23) over WSA Winnipeg.
With goals from Ashlie Stokes (pictured) and Danielle Puddefoot, the Menace topped the Minnesota TwinStars on Saturday (May 23) at Valley Stadium.
On Saturday (May 23), the defending PDL regular-season champs host a WSA Winnipeg team playing its fifth road match in seven days.
Under the leadership of new head coach Justin Vorster, the Menace women open the season at home on Saturday (May 23) against the Minnesota TwinStars.
The Menace's Open Cup run came to a close on Wednesday (May 20) in Fenton, Mo., where Saint Louis FC pulled out a 2-1 win in extra time.
Premier Development League honors go to Mark Heath Preston, a halftime sub whose 50th-minute goal lifted the Menace to a season-opening 1-0 win last Saturday (May 16)
In the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the Menace gets a shot at USL expansion side Saint Louis FC on Wednesday (May 20). The winner gets a May 27 home date against Minnesota.
Former Menace foe Mark Heath Preston scored the lone goal of a milestone win on Saturday (May 16) in Springfield, Mo.
Going for the 200th win in franchise history, the Menace opens at Springfield with the first leg of the 2015 Kum & Go Kup series.
The Menace edged the Madison Fire on Wednesday at Valley Stadium, setting up a May 20 match at pro-side Saint Louis FC.
Mike Matkovich's Menace opens with a home match Wednesday (May 13) against the Madison Fire in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
The Menace will host the Madison Fire in the first round of the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, with the winner of this Wednesday match at Valley Stadium moving on to a May 20 match in St. Louis.
The Menace's 2015 WPSL schedule includes four home games at Valley Stadium and one more at Cownie Soccer Park.
Lyle Hunt is the Menace's new director of youth programs, filling in a vacancy left by Abby Johnson, who joined the organization in 2009.
Announced Feb. 5 by Menace owner Kyle Krause, Mike Matkovich is the team's head coach for 2015. "Matko" has coached six MLS seasons and six PDL seasons.
Menace fans can start making plans for their team's defense of the PDL regular-season title. Put these dates on your calendars and join us at Valley Stadium!
Brandon Fricke, who was played for the Menace each of the last five seasons, was chosen in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 20.