Registration is now open for the winter session of Junior Menace which begins January 5. Junior Menace is a developmental soccer program for players ages 4 to 9 and will be offered at the Downtown YMCA and at Eason Elementary in Waukee.
The Des Moines Menace is the 2009 Organization of the Year for the 68-team Premier Development League. The United Soccer Leagues made the announcement on Friday night (Nov. 20) at the USL Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner in Tampa, Fla.
In a press conference on Nov. 18, the Des Moines Menace officially announced that Laurie Calloway is the team’s new head coach and the Menace Academy’s Director of Coaching. Calloway guided the Menace to the playoffs in 2001 and 2002.
The NCAA Division-I Soccer Tournament's 48-team field features six teams with former Menace players on their rosters. Here is an update on the former Menace players in D-I this season, with a postseason preview.
Drake and Creighton battled to a 3-3 draw on Nov. 7 in front of a near capacity crowd at Cownie Stadium. 2009 Menace star Garrett Webb (pictured, second from left) delivered a pair of goals, including the game-tying score, on "Menace Night, Part 2."
Here's a recap of the 15 Menace alumni who are currently playing professional soccer. The list includes eight former Menace players in Major League Soccer this season, and seven more in the United Soccer Leagues' pro levels.
No. 24 Drake blanked Eastern Illinois on Wednesday (Oct. 21), in a match that featured seven former Menace players. Julien Edwards (pictured) and Hunter Kennedy scored goals, and Jordan Kadlec delivered a shutout in his first start of the season. Another "Menace Night" is planned back at Cownie for Nov. 7, when Drake hosts Creighton.
More than 30 former Menace Academy players are on the rosters of college soccer teams from coast to coast. Here's a story on these student-athletes with ties to our academy who have taken their game to the next level.
As the college soccer season’s second full month kicks off, it’s time to catch up with former members of the Menace’s Premier Development League team.This time around, we’re providing updates on former Menace players making their mark in NCAA Division I. We’ll take a closer look at players in NAIA and Division II next week.
The U15, U16, & U17 Boys Menace Academy teams kicked off their fall season by competing in the Predident's Cup in Ankeny last weekend. The U17 team played well with a 1-2-0 record in the tournament. Both the U15 & U16 boys teams advanced to the tournament semifinals.
Julien Edward's goal in the 88th minute lifted the No. 21 ranked Drake Bulldogs over the No. 7 ranked Indiana Hoosiers, 2-1. Edwards, a senior defender for Drake University, was a member of the 2009 Menace squad.
The Des Moines Menace’s 2009 season started under an uncertain cloud of questions and ended with two division championships and a run to the Premier Development League’s Elite Eight – the franchise’s best finish since the 2005 PDL championship.
The season ended tonight for the 2009 Heartland Division champion Des Moines Menace. It continues tomorrow for the Chicago Fire and the Cary (N.C.) Clarets, who advanced to the Premier Development League’s semifinals with victories tonight at Valley Stadium.
Get tickets to both quarterfinal matches on Friday and Saturday's semifinal match for only $10! This is a pre-sale offer only and won't be available the day of the game. You can purchase the playoff ticket pack online or call 515.457.6364 to purchase over the phone.
The Menace is in the Elite Eight, and we're hosting the Premier Development League quarterfinal and semifinal matches this weekend at Valley Stadium. Here's the updated Fan's Guide to the 2009 PDL Playoffs.
The Menace has clinched the division's playoff championship and prepares to host the Premier Development League's quarter-final and semi-final playoff matches next weekend. Des Moines marches on to the Elite Eight with a 2-1 win over Real Colorado on Saturday at Valley Stadium.
We're hosting the PDL playoffs at Valley Stadium! Real Colorado and Thunder Bay battle on Friday night, with the winner facing the Menace on Saturday. Both matches start at 7:30 p.m. Stay up-to-date with our "Fan's Guide to the Postseason."
The Des Moines Menace punctuated its playoff-clinching regular season with a 3-0 triumph over the St. Louis Lions on Saturday night, in front of 4,093 fans at Valley Stadium. The Heartland Division champions head into the Premier Development League postseason with momentum, having won eight of their last nine matches.
Heading into Saturday's regular-season finale, the Menace has secured sole possession of the Heartland Division championship. Yuki Kariya (above) scored two first-half goals on Thursday, leading the way to a 3-2 win at Kansas City that gives Des Moines a 10-1-4 mark.
This Saturday's Menace match is not only Fan Appreciation Night but it's also Drake Night at Valley Stadium. Several players from Sean Holmes' Drake soccer team have made an impact on the Menace's run to the playoffs. Read more about the accomplishments of these Drake student athletes...
Chelsea Cline, former Menace Academy player and Des Moines native, was selected as the United Soccer Leagues' W-League Player of the Week following her five goal, one assist performance in the Minnesota Lightning’s three wins last week.
With two regular-season matches remaining, the Des Moines Menace is headed to the playoffs and needs one more point to claim sole possession of the Premier Development League’s Heartland Division championship.
With Wednesday night's 2-1 win at Rochester, the Menace is one step away from clinching a spot in the Premier Development League playoffs. If Des Moines beats Springfield on Saturday at Valley Stadium, the team is headed to the postseason for the first time since 2006.
The Des Moines Menace’s year-long unbeaten streak came to a close tonight at Valley Stadium. The Thunder Bay Chill handed the Menace a 1-0 loss, exactly one year after the Chill dealt Des Moines its most recent defeat.
Exactly one year after the Thunder Bay Chill dealt the Des Moines Menace a 3-0 loss at Valley Stadium, these arch-rivals meet on the same field for another Independence Day clash. The Menace has not lost since July 4, 2008, and it carries a 15-match unbeaten streak into Saturday’s 7:30 battle.
Come out to Valley Stadium this Saturday to enjoy a great soccer match followed by an amazing fireworks show. The Menace battle Thunder Bay at 7:30 p.m. which will be immediately followed by fireworks. Don't forget your blanket as all fans are invited onto the field to enjoy the show!
The Menace escaped Rochester with a 1-0 win on Sunday night, thanks to a late goal by Garrett Webb. Riding a 15-match unbeaten streak, Des Moines holds on to sole possession of first place in the Heartland Division.
The 2009 Iowa High School All-Star Games, hosted by the Menace this afternoon at Valley Stadium, ended in a split decision, with the East taking the girls’ match 2-0 and the West coming from behind to win the boys’ match 4-3.
The Menace extended its unbeaten streak to 13 matches with a 4-0 win over Kansas City on Saturday night. Sterling Copeland, Samuel Asante and Armin Mujdzic sent the Menace on its way to the shutout victory.
Halfway through its regular season, the Menace is undefeated, after winning, 3-1, at Thunder Bay on Saturday night. With the triumph over the defending PDL champs, Des Moines is 4-0-4 and riding a 12-match unbeaten streak that goes back to last July.
The Des Moines Menace heads to Ontario, Canada for two matches against the defending Premier Development League champions. The Thunder Bay Chill hosts the Menace on Friday and Saturday at Chapples Park, with each match set to start at 7:30 p.m. EDT.
Former Menace goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum has assisted the Columbus Crew to an eight-game unbeaten streak. Gruenebaum was the starting keeper and MVP for the 2005 Menace team that won the PDL Championship.
On Monday the Menace traveled to Kansas City to take on the Wizards in an exhibition match at Swope Park. Despite losing 3-0, the team played well and enjoyed the opportunity to play against some of the top-caliber players in the U.S.
The Menace's next home match comes against the St. Louis Lions on Saturday, May 30, when the team will recognize its career scoring leader. Tomas Boltnar will be honored during halftime of the 7:30 p.m. match at Valley Stadium, and he will sign autographs after the game.
You can now access live updates for all Menace away games at http://twitter.com/MenaceSoccer. Your first chance to follow the Menace on Twitter will be Wednesday, May 13th at 5:30 p.m. when the Menace play at Springfield.
The 16th season of Des Moines Menace soccer gets underway this Saturday, when Casey Mann’s team hosts the Rochester (Minn.) Thunder – one of two expansion clubs in the Premier Development League’s Heartland Division.
Danny Cruz is the youngest player selected in the 2009 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. The Houston Dynamo used their first pick to select the former Menace star, member of the U.S. U-20 national team, and Generation adidas signee.
Ezra Hendrickson, who starred for the inaugural Menace team, has retired after playing 12 seasons of Major League Soccer. He was part of three MLS Cup champions, including the 2008 Columbus Crew. Photo: MLSnet.com
Just three days after his 19th birthday, Danny Cruz became a professional soccer player. The former Menace star signed a contract with Generation adidas on Tuesday and awaits his fate in next week's Major League Soccer SuperDraft.