About Menace Soccer

 
The Des Moines Menace has been Iowa’s premier soccer team since 1994.
 
With the support of a passionate and loyal following, Menace Soccer is committed to providing fans with fun, family-friendly entertainment – the state's highest level of men's AND women's soccer. Through its youth programs, the Menace organization continues to grow the game of soccer in the central Iowa community.

Part of the PDL and the WPSL
        Playing in the Premier Development League (PDL), the men's team focuses on the training and advancement of amateur soccer players who aspire to play professionally. With more than 60 teams across North America, the PDL is an entry level of the United Soccer Leagues (USL). The Menace is part of the Heartland Division of the PDL’s Central Conference.   The team competes against divisional foes from Chicago, St. Louis, Springfield, Mo., and two Canadian cities: Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Thunder Bay, Ontario.
        The North American soccer landscape is similar to professional baseball’s minor leagues, with its own equivalents of Single-A (the PDL), Double-A (USL-Pro) and Triple-A competition (North American Soccer League). The PDL, USL-Pro and NASL serve as talent pipelines for MLS teams. 

        The Menace embarked on a new era in 2012, introducing a women's team. The Menace's first-ever women's team made a successful debut, earning the championship for Women's League Soccer, a five-team league that also fielded teams from Indiana and Ohio. In 2013, the Menace women look to step it up, joining the Women's Premier Soccer League, which has more than 70 amateur teams across the United States. As part of the WPSL's Midwest Division, the Menace compete with teams from Kansas City, Kans., Madison, Wis., St. Louis and St. Paul, Minn.
 
Achieving Success
        The organization takes pride in its track record of developing winning teams and top-level talent. Since the team’s inaugural 1994 season, the Menace has reached the PDL playoffs 11 times, advancing to the final four three times. The Menace’s banner year came in 2005, a season punctuated by a dramatic win over the El Paso Patriots to claim the PDL Championship. The organization has qualified for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on nine occasions. In 2013, the Menace advanced to a third-round Open Cup match against Sporting KC. Playing in front of more than 15,000 fans at Sporting Park, the Menace battled to a 2-0 loss against the defending Cup champion and eventual MLS Cup winner.
       The Menace’s list of alumni in the professional ranks includes more than 70 former players who have gone on to play in the pros, including more than 25 who have played for Major League Soccer teams. Click here for more details on Menace history through the years.

Ownership and Front Office
        Kyle Krause, CEO and President of
Kum & Go L.C., acquired majority ownership of the Menace in 1998. He was inducted into the United Soccer Leagues Hall of Fame in December 2011. The Menace organization’s offices are part of the West Des Moines office building that houses Kum & Go convenience stores, Liberty Bank and Solar Transport. For contact information for the members of the Menace front office, click here.

Youth Soccer
        The Menace Soccer Foundation, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, encourages the interest and participation of youth soccer. The foundation consists of the Junior Menace, Youth Academy, youth tournaments and camps and clinics. For beginners ages 3-9, the Junior Menace develops the fundamental skills and love of soccer. A higher level of competition is found in the Menace Youth Academy, which is a select year-round program that focuses on improving players ages 10 and up in a fun and challenging environment. The Menace also hosts four annual youth tournaments for boys and girls, U11-U18, as well as various camps and clinics to provide even more opportunities for soccer athletes to improve their skills throughout the soccer season.