The last time the Menace and the Chill collided at Valley Stadium, the Menace struck late to pull out a 1-1 draw on July 9, 2016. Photo credit: Joe Sprunger
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, June 16, 2017 – Tomorrow’s Premier Development League action at Valley Stadium is the rubber match between a pair of Heartland Division powers.
A week after the Des Moines Menace and the Thunder Bay Chill split a heated doubleheader on Canadian soil, it’s the Menace’s turn to host. This is the arch-rivals’ final meeting of 2017, and the Menace – sitting atop the division standings with a 4-2-1 record – hopes to clinch its fourth straight season series against the Chill.
Des Moines, the division’s three-time defending champion, has another streak on the line: the Menace is unbeaten in 23 straight PDL regular-season home matches, going back to the 2013 season. Tomorrow opens a string of five straight weekends the Menace plays at Valley Stadium.
The Menace and the Chill have been battling since 2000, making the rivalry the oldest in the Premier Development League. This is the teams’ 60th matchup; Des Moines leads 29-25-5 (16-8-2 at home). And, for the past 10 years, the Menace or the Chill has been Heartland Division champ.
Valley Stadium is the site of another rivalry on Saturday – the boys’ edition of the Iowa East-West All-Star Cup at 5 p.m.
FC Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitić will join the festivities. Details, including how you can meet the international star, can be found here.
Thunder Bay Chill at Des Moines Menace
Date and time: Saturday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Valley Stadium (artificial turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Live updates: https://twitter.com/MenaceSoccer
Live stream: http://CISN.tv/MenaceSoccer/
Preceded by: Iowa High School All-Star Game (boys) at 5 p.m.
Promotions: FC Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitić will make an appearance in an autograph session and a halftime event.
ABOUT THE MENACE
- 4-2-1, in first place in the Heartland Division, just ahead of the St. Louis Lions (4-2-0)
- Three-time defending Premier Development League Heartland Division champion (10-2-2 in 2016).
- Coming off a week-long Canadian trip playing Thunder Bay and WSA Winnipeg and going 3-1-0.
- Has one more road game in the regular season (Tuesday in Chicago) before entering a six-game homestand.
- Devyn Jambga leads the team with five goals (10 points); Hayden Partain is second with five points (two goals, one assist).
- First-year head coach John Pascarella is assisted by Greg Hennelly, Matt Kennedy and Tiley Nunnink.
ABOUT THE CHILL
- 3-1-0 on the season and third in the PDL Heartland Division standings.
- First road action of 2017 comes this weekend, starting with a matchup against Chicago FC United on Friday.
- Finished last season 7-2-5 and second in the Heartland Division behind Des Moines.
- Last won the Heartland Division in 2013, on the way to the PDL final (a 3-1 loss to the host Austin Aztex).
- Abraham Villon and Adam Abdellaoui are tied for the team lead with two goals apiece.
- Coached by Giovanni Petraglia, who is assisted by Stefano Cristali, Saverio Lento and Aarno Peura.
ALL-TIME SERIES: MENACE VS. CHILL
- The PDL’s oldest rivalry began in 2000.
- Des Moines or Thunder Bay has been the Heartland Division champ the last 10 seasons.
- The Menace split a Friday-Saturday doubleheader with the Chill 1-1 last weekend, winning 1-0 on Friday and losing 2-0 on Saturday.
- The Menace’s all-time record against the Chill is 29-25-5 (16-8-2 home) with a 105-89 scoring differential.
- Des Moines has taken the season series from Thunder Bay each of the last three years, but is still looking for its first season sweep since 2006.
- In 2016, the Menace went 2-0-1 against the Chill, with the draw coming at Valley Stadium on July 9 to keep the Menace’s division title hopes alive.
RECAPPING CANADIAN ROAD ACTION
- The Menace went 3-1-0 in a weeklong Canada trip to play the Thunder Bay Chill and WSA Winnipeg.
- Des Moines won 1-0 over Thunder Bay off of a volley goal from Hayden Partain on Friday. The next day, the Chill got its revenge, 2-0, over the Menace with goals from Adam Abdellaoui.
- Two goals from Devyn Jambga and one from Heath Honold gave the Menace a 3-1 victory on Tuesday against WSA Winnipeg; the Menace won Wednesday’s rematch, 3-0, with goals from Jambga, Johan De Picker and Greg Boehme.
UP NEXT FOR THE MENACE
- The Menace embark on their last road trip of the 2017 regular season with a trip to Chicago on Tuesday.
- After visiting the Windy City, the Menace is back in Des Moines to close out the regular season with a six-game homestand.
- On Saturday, June 24, when the Menace hosts Chicago FC United, we will be giving away $1,000 in Kum & Go gift cards.
- Bubble Soccer, presented by Bounce Des Moines, will be part of the June 24 halftime activities.
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. In its 24th season, the Menace men’s team competes in the Premier Development League (PDL). Entering its sixth season, the Menace women’s team is part of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL). With loyal support, the Menace men’s and women’s teams play their home games at the Valley Stadium in West Des Moines to provide family-fun entertainment. The Menace organization provides the growth of the game of soccer in Iowa with their youth soccer programs, including Junior Menace (ages 3-9), Menace Youth Academy (ages six and older), and tournaments, camps and clinics.