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 built the reputation 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 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.
        North American soccer landscape is similar to professional baseball’s minor leagues, with its own equivalents of Single-A (the PDL), Double-A (USL) and Triple-A competition (North American Soccer League). The PDL, USL 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-Central Division, the Menace competes with teams from Chicago, Columbia, Ill. (near St. Louis), Kansas City (Mo.) and St. Paul.
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 13 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 2014 and 2002. The organization has qualified for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on 11 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 90 former players who have gone on to play in the pros, including at least 30 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 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.