About Menace Soccer

 
 
 
In the United States' ever-changing soccer landscape, few teams have enjoyed as much success as the Des Moines Menace. Since its first games in 1994, the Menace has established itself as one of the country's most accomplished soccer organizations.
 
With the support of a passionate and loyal following, Menace Soccer is committed to providing fans with fun, family-friendly entertainment – Iowa'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 soccer players who aspire to play professionally. With more than 60 teams across North America, the PDL represents the continent's highest level of amateur soccer. 
        The Menace embarked on a new era in 2012, introducing a women's team that is part of Women's Premier Soccer League, which has more than 100 amateur teams across the United States. 
 
 
Achieving Success
        The organization takes pride in its proud history of developing winning teams and top-level talent. Since the team’s inaugural 1994 season, the Menace has reached the PDL playoffs 14 times, three times advancing to the final four. 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. Des Moines has also earned a pair of PDL regular-season titles, in 2002 and 2014.
        Another source of pride is the organization's 11 berths in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup -- a century-old tournament that gives amateur teams the chance to go toe-to-toe with the pros. On three occasions, the Menace has faced Major League Soccer teams in the U.S. Open Cup -- most recently on May 28, 2013 (pictured above). 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 100 former players who have signed pro contracts, including at least 30 who have played for Major League Soccer teams.

 
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 front-office staff works at Kum & Go's corporate headquarters in West Des Moines.

 
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 seven and older in a fun and challenging environment. The Menace also hosts four annual youth tournaments for boys and girls, as well as camps and clinics led by members of the Menace first teams.