Articles from 2010
The Menace Kick around the Clock indoor tournament returns to Soccer House in February! Divisions for this overnight event: high school boys - high school girls - U14 coed - U14 girls - U12 coed - U12 girls
The long list of accomplishments by Menace alumni this college season includes four all-Americans (top row), six additional all-region selections and one national champion.
Children ages 4-9 are invited to join us indoors for Junior Menace. Starting in January, the eight-week program comes to Skate South, Walnut Hills Elementary School, the Riverfront YMCA and Central Campus.
The Des Moines Menace Academy is excited to announce new partnerships with iSoccer and ZoomReports to help enhance technical development and to aid in the evaluation process of club players.
Three teams in the NAIA's national tournament feature Menace alums. Pictured left to right: Jubril Lawal is one of three 2010 Menace players leading host Mobile; Lebo Moloto (along with Samuel Asante) is a key cog for Lindsey Wilson; Luis Piffer is a top threat for Grand View.
It's time to recap the college seasons of former Menace PDL players, including six alums whose teams made the 48-team field of the NCAA Division-I Championship.
Here's an update on former Menace players currently in the pros, including these four alums in Major League Soccer (left to right): Danny Cruz, Andy Gruenebaum, Jason Griffiths and Edson Edward.
Husref Jupic, a sophomore at Western Illinois, is one of more than 30 former Menace Academy players who are on college teams this fall. Here's an update on these alumni.
Luis Piffer (right) has scored four game-winning goals for NAIA Grand View. We catch up with Piffer and other former Menace players in the college ranks.
After leading the Charleston Battery to the 2010 USL-2 title, Lamar Neagle has caught on with IFK Mariehamn of the Finnish Premier Division. The Menace alum (2007-08) is enjoying his time overseas, with hopes of getting back to Major League Soccer.
You could call Penn's Stephen Baker a freshman phenom. Through his first eight college matches, he has scored seven goals -- the second highest total in all of NCAA Division-I. In a USLsoccer.com feature, the two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week credits his time with the 2010 Menace in helping him prepare for college soccer.
Thomas Ostrander, a member of the 2009 Menace PDL team, was the hero Sept. 28 on "Menace Night," scoring in the 90th minute. His goal gave Drake a 3-2 win over Western Illinois on a night when red-clad members of the Menace Academy filled the Cownie Stadium stands.
All soccer fans are invited to Cownie Soccer Complex on Tuesday (Sept. 28), when Drake hosts Western Illinois in a rematch of a first-round matchup from the 2009 NCAA Tournament. Several former Menace PDL players are on the rosters of these teams.
Former Menace defender Stefan De Las signed a contract on Aug. 21 to play professionally for Myllkosken Pallo - 47. He follows in the footsteps of Menace assistant coach Neathan Gibson, who played for the Finnish club from 1998-2000.
Menace fans can revisit the 2010 season by checking out the team's photo galleries. We invite you to click the link under "Fan Zone."
Logan McDaniel is the fourth Menace player to earn a spot on the PDL's all-conference teams. The United Soccer Leagues made the announcement on Monday, Aug. 2.
The summer has ended for the Menace's PDL players, and it also ends for the team's interns. This group did a fantastic job behind the scenes. Full-time interns BJ Stokesbary and Matt Moran share their thoughts on their time with the Menace.
The Des Moines Menace welcomed back its head coach from 2002, earned a bid to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for the first time since 2006 and set a franchise record with seven ties. We take a final look back at the team's 2010 campaign.
In a fitting end to the season, the Menace allowed a late score, as the St. Louis Lions rallied for a 2-2 tie to stun 3,907 fans Saturday night at Valley Stadium. Des Moines finishes the season 6-3-7.
The Menace closes the season on Saturday, hosting rival St. Louis at 7:30 on Fan Appreciation Night. Fans wearing a red t-shirt receive a $5 ticket.
Menace midfielder Clark Bradford shares an uncommon connection with head coach Laurie Calloway. Clark's father, David, played in the North American Soccer League from 1978-1984. As a member of the 1983 Seattle Sounders, he was coached by Calloway. The three Englishmen take a trip down memory lane.
Sam Morris has earned a spot on the Premier Development League's Team of the Week. The defender scored a goal and helped shut out Kansas City in a 6-0 home win on Saturday.
With only one more game looming in the 2010 season, Menace players have become a family over the last few months. The players have grown accustomed to each other quite a bit, and with this week being the last this team will spend together, they share what they've learned; the good, the bad and the ugly.
With its best offensive output of the season, the Menace stormed to a 6-0 win over the Kansas City Brass on Saturday at Valley Stadium. The Menace closes the season on Saturday, July 24, hosting St. Louis.
The Menace hosts Kansas City on Susan G. Komen Night this Saturday, trying to go 3-0 against the Brass on the season. Fans are encouraged to wear pink, and $2 of all tickets purchased at the game will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, supporting the fight against breast cancer.
With Spain's 1-0 victory over the Netherlands on Sunday, the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa has come to a close. Three more Menace players reflect on the tournament and talk about the best performances and the surprises of this year's World Cup, and they share their predictions for 2014.
The Des Moines Menace received goals from seven different players on Saturday night, en route to a 7-2 exhibition win over the Minnesota Twinstars at Valley Stadium. The team closes the regular season with home matches each of the next two Saturdays.
The Des Moines Menace hosts the St. Paul Twin Stars this Saturday. St. Paul is a member of the National Premier Soccer League, rival of the Premier Development League. The Menace hopes this exhibition match will get them back on track for its final two PDL games. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium.
The Des Moines Menace is teaming up with Play It Forward to donate soccer equipment to children in need. The organization donates to kids locally, nationally and internationally. The Menace is offering tickets for $5 each to this Saturday's game against St. Paul for fans who bring a soccer ball or pair of cleats to donate.
Menace players are from seven of the 32 nations in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. These are the final three players profiled in the Menace's World Cup series. Each was surprised by his country's performance; however, as the tournament winds down, two were a bit more disappointed than the other.
The Thunder Bay Chill scored two goals in the first 10 minutes, and the Menace never recovered, losing 3-1 Saturday at Valley Stadium. Logan McDaniel's (pictured) fourth goal was too little, too late, for the Menace, which hopes for a miracle to reach the PDL playoffs.
The Menace hosts arch-rival Thunder Bay on Saturday, needing a win to stay in the playoff hunt. Fans are invited to celebrate Independence Day with the Menace, with a pre-game picnic (4:30 to 6:30) and post-game fireworks.
Menace players represent five continents and countries from all over the world. In total, players are from seven of the 32 nations competing in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The Menace is writing a series of segments connecting its players to the World Cup. This is the first set of profiles, showcasing the United States, England, Ghana and Nigeria.
Kenan Malicevic scored a pair of second-half goals and Clark Bradford tacked on his team-best fifth goal, leading the Menace to a 3-0 home win over Springfield on Saturday. This is the team's first victory since May 29, after Des Moines tied six matches in June.
The Menace returns to Valley Stadium after a three-game road swing to host the Springfield Demize on Saturday. Des Moines has tied six out of its last seven Premier Development League matches, and looks to pick up its first win since May 29. Saturday marks the first of five straight home games to finish the regular season; the team plays every Saturday at 7:30 p.m. until July 24.
The Des Moines Menace has tied six of its seven league matches in June, after closing the road schedule with a 1-1 draw at Rochester on Thursday. The team tries to finish the month on a winning note, hosting Springfield on Saturday.
The Menace closes its road schedule tonight, seeking revenge in Rochester, Minn. A battle of second-place teams, this is a rematch of a May 15 game that the Thunder won, 1-0, at Valley Stadium. The Menace is back at home Saturday, hosting Springfield.
Just one night after falling 7-2 to the Thunder Bay Chill, the Menace responded on Saturday with a 1-1 draw at Chapples Park. Clark Bradford (pictured) tallied his team-leading fourth goal, connecting on a PK in the 45th minute.
The Thunder Bay Chill cruised past the Menace, 7-2, on Friday night, dealing Des Moines its first loss in 20 road matches. This is the second-most goals allowed in franchise history, eclipsed only by Milwaukee in an 8-1 win over the Menace in 1995.
The Menace is in Canada to face arch-rival Thunder Bay on Friday and Saturday. Des Moines, on a streak of four straight ties in PDL action, looks to get back in the win column against the Chill.
AC St. Louis slipped past the shorthanded Des Moines Menace Tuesday at Valley Stadium, advancing to the second round of the 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a 1-0 win. Mike Ambersley scored in the 70th minute – five minutes after Menace captain Clark Bradford was sent off with his second yellow card of the match.
After qualifying for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup four times in five seasons, the Menace is back in the national tournament for the first time since 2006. Looking for its eighth win in the Open Cup, Des Moines hosts pro side AC St. Louis on Tuesday.
The St. Louis Lions scored late to secure a 1-1 result -- the Menace's fourth-straight draw -- Sunday in St. Peters, Mo. Des Moines prepares to host another Gateway City team, AC St. Louis, on Tuesday in the first round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
The Menace and the Real Colorado Foxes tied 1-1 on Saturday night at Valley Stadium, marking the third time these teams have tied in eight days. With the point, the Menace is alone atop the Heartland Division standings, just above four other teams vying for one of two playoff spots.
The Menace hosts pro team AC St. Louis in the first round of the 2010 U.S. Open Cup, and here is your guide to prepare for the team's fifth appearance in this prestigious tournament. Fans are encouraged to save money by purchasing their tickets before the June 15 game day.
With the 2010 FIFA World Cup starting in South Africa, Menace assistant coach Neathan Gibson and midfielder Lebogang Moloto talk about why their native South Africa will make a great host country.
The Menace hosts Real Colorado on Saturday -- a long-awaited day for soccer fans, who will be tuned in to the USA-England match -- the World Cup opener for both teams. Saturday is the start of a busy stretch for the Menace, which plays five games in eight days. This includes three games in four days, capped by Tuesday's home match in the first round of the U.S. Open Cup.
The 2010 FIFA World Cup is here, and you are invited to watch the much-anticipated USA-England match with the Menace. Players, coaches and staff will be at three sponsor restaurants for Saturday's 1:30 p.m. kick-off; the Red Army will be watching the game at a fourth site.
After tying 2-2 on Friday night, the Menace and the Real Colorado Foxes battled to a scoreless draw on Saturday. The Menace stays in first place in the PDL Heartland Division, while Real Colorado remains in second. These teams face off Saturday (June 12) at Valley Stadium.
The Menace clawed back from a two-goal deficit to earn a 2-2 draw at Real Colorado on Friday. Header goals from Jack Pearson and Logan McDaniel (pictured) helped keep the Menace in first place, just ahead of the Foxes.
The first-place Menace tries to distance itself from second-place Real Colorado when the PDL Heartland Division's top two teams go head-to-head on Friday and Saturday in Littleton. Each team has won three straight matches; Des Moines is unbeaten in 16 straight on the road, dating back to May 2008.
Make plans to cheer on the Menace on June 15, when we host pro team AC St. Louis in the first round of the Open Cup! Special ticket offers are available online through June 14.
The Menace is headed back to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, thanks to some help from divisional foes. With news of Sunday's scoreless draw between Rochester and Kansas City, the Menace prepares for its fifth appearance in the national tournament.
The Menace rallied past the Kansas City Brass, 3-1, on Saturday at Valley Stadium to move into first place in the Premier Development League’s Heartland Division. Captain Clark Bradford (pictured) scored the game-winner, and Stephen Okai and Luis Piffer notched their first goals of the season.
After scoring a pair of game-winning goals last week, Lebogang Moloto has earned a spot on the Premier Development League's Team of the Week.
The Menace tries to keep its momentum, hosting Kansas City on Saturday. Des Moines needs the Brass' help the following day, in order to return to the Open Cup. If KC beats or ties Rochester on Sunday, the Menace gets the division's spot in the cup. A win by the home-team Thunder dashes the Menace's cup dreams.
Menace Camp is coming up, and you can save $20 off registration when you sign up by the June 1 "Early Bird" deadline. We are excited to bring 11 camps to central Iowa this summer, including a new "Menace Elite Camp" for the more serious players entering grades seven through 12. All other Menace camps are for ages five through 14.
As the Menace prepares for Saturday's home match against Kansas City, the team anxiously awaits Sunday's match between its Saturday-night foe and the Rochester Thunder. If Rochester ties or loses to the Brass, the Menace gets the PDL Heartland Division's bid. Rochester can clinch an Open Cup berth with a win.
The Des Moines Menace came back to defeat the St. Louis Lions, 2-1, at Valley Stadium on Saturday. The win, fueled by back-to-back goals from Logan McDaniel and Lebogang Moloto, keeps the team's Open Cup hopes alive for at least one more day.
Join us for "Blackout Night," at Valley Stadium! The Menace needs your support, as the team hosts rival St. Louis on Saturday (May 22) in the team's final Open Cup qualifier. Fans wearing black get $5 tickets for this 7:30 match.
The Menace improved to 2-1-0 in Open Cup qualifying action, topping the Kansas City Brass, 2-1, in rainy Liberty, Mo., on Wednesday. Lebogang Moloto put the Menace up in the 50th minute, and the team held on after a 30-minute lightning delay.
Needing a pair of wins to stay in the hunt for an Open Cup spot, the Menace plays two big matches this week. After a midweek game at K.C., Des Moines will be back at Valley Stadium on Saturday, hosting rival St. Louis.
Thanks to Mark Heath-Preston's fourth goal in three games, the Rochester Thunder spoiled the Menace's regular-season home opener, 1-0, on Saturday night at Valley Stadium.
The Des Moines Menace welcomes the Rochester Thunder on Saturday night for the team's first regular-season home action. The 7:30 match is the second U.S. Open Cup qualifier for each team.
The Menace opened the regular season with a come-from-behind win at Springfield on Wednesday, getting past the Demize, 3-1. Clark Bradford deflated the Demize with a game-tying goal in the 66th minute, and Juan Hoyos delivered the game-winner in stoppage time, followed by an own goal from the Springfield defense.
Laurie Calloway (left) and Neathan Gibson (right) are back together on the Menace sidleline, eight years after leading the team to an undefeted season. They share high goals for the team as it opens the regular season with a road match at Springfield (Wednesday, May 12) and a home match against Rochester (Saturday, May 15).
Des Moines’ two elite soccer teams squared off Saturday at Valley Stadium, and on this night, the city’s top college team came out on top. The Drake University Bulldogs pulled out a 1-0 win over the Des Moines Menace.
Des Moines' two Elite Eight soccer teams go head-to-head Saturday at Valley Stadium. The Menace opens the 2010 season by hosting Drake University. It's the only preseason tune-up for the Menace, whose regular season starts Wednesday at Springfield.
Two weeks ago, we announced the players returning to the Menace this season. Last week, we took a look at the new foreign players joining the Menace. Read this story to see who else you will see in a Menace uniform in 2010.
The Menace announces seven foreign players who have committed to play for the PDL team in 2010.
Alberto Garcia Aspe, a former captain for the Mexican national team, will make a special guest appearance on Opening Night -- Saturday, May 8 at Valley Stadium.
Menace head coach Laurie Calloway welcomes back nine members of the 2009 Menace team that advanced to the Elite Eight of the Premier Development League playoffs.
The Des Moines Menace is partnering with the city of Grimes to form a new branch of the Menace Academy, to be called Menace West. Kevin Schalk has been named the Director of Coaching for Menace West.
Laurie Calloway's new assistant is his old assistant. The Menace welcomes back Neathan Gibson, who returns to the organization's coaching staff after spending the 2002 season with Calloway and the Menace as a player/coach.
The Menace has two tryout dates for the PDL team: Menace PDL Elite Tryouts on April 24 at Valley Stadium and Menace PDL Open Tryouts on May 16 at Teamwork Acres.
The Menace will open the 2010 schedule with a May 8 tilt with Drake. The exhibition is a matchup of two Elite Eight teams from 2009.
The Menace's 2010 schedule is out, and fans can expect plenty of Saturday nights at Valley Stadium this season. The defending Heartland Division champs will play all 10 home matches on Saturdays at 7:30.
Former Menace players Justin Davis and Jason Griffiths were chosen in the 2010 Major League Soccer SuperDraft on Thursday, Jan. 14. Real Salt Lake picked Davis (2007-08 Menace, New Mexico), and the New England Revolution drafted Griffiths (2009 Menace, Kentucky).