Articles from 2011
We look back on the 2011 success of nearly 20 Menace alumni playing professionally. Lamar Neagle, who enjoyed a breakout season with Seattle, is one of three former Menace players who earned weekly MLS honors this year.
Congratulations to Menace owner Kyle Krause on joining the United Soccer Leagues Hall of Fame. League president Tim Holt (left) presented Krause (right) with the award on Dec. 16 in Clearwater Beach, Fla.
Lebogang Moloto, who led Lindsey Wilson to the 2011 NAIA title, is one of seven all-Americans on the Menace's honor roll from this college season. Congratulations to all Menace alumni who received recogniton in 2011!
Starting in May, the Menace will field a Women's League Soccer team, representing the highest level of women's competition in Iowa.
The Menace has openings for a ticket-sales representative and for spring interns. Do you or anyone you know have what it takes to succeed in one of these roles?
Six Menace PDL alumni are looking to take their respective college teams to the NAIA title. Starring for three of the Sweet 16 teams, these six alums have collected 72 goals and 46 assists in 2011.
Former Menace players take the field for nine of the 48 teams in the NCAA Division-I championship. We take a look at these tournament matchups and catch up with Menace alumni playing D-I soccer.
It's time to look back on the 2011 college seasons of Menace Academy alumni, including Western Illinois' Husref Jupic, pictured here after a Menace PDL game this summer.
You're invited to the Menace's merchandise sale on Friday, Dec. 9. You'll find lots of great holiday gift ideas for the soccer fans on your shopping list. Check out the bargain pricing, and make plans to join us from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6400 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines.
Lance Rozeboom (right) has guided New Mexico to the top spot in the national rankings. See how other Menace alumni and their teams have done in the first two months of the college season.
Menace alumni have racked up this impressive collection of awards during the 2011 college season. Andrew Duran (foreground), a Creighton defender who played for the Menace last summer, made the national team of the week.
Deshorn Brown, a 2011 Menace standout, scored an NAIA-leading 23 goals in Mobile's first 14 matches this season. We catch up with Menace alumni making an impact at the NAIA and junior-college levels.
Des Moines' college soccer teams are hosting "Menace Night" events, and you're invited. Special ticket prices are available for the Grand View University doubleheader on Saturday (Oct. 15), and for upcoming matches for the Drake University women (Tuesday, Oct. 18) and men (Wednesday, Oct. 19).
The Junior Menace program is for boys and girls ages three to nine. Guided by professional coaches, Junior Menace players develop soccer skills while having fun during this five-week program.
Brandon Ermels, the Menace Reserves' coach for the past five years, is the head coach of the American Institute of Business (AIB) men's and women's teams. The Eagles take flight next fall, as members of the NAIA Midwest Collegiate Conference.
With college's soccer season upon us, we spotlight the teams from Drake, Grand View, Iowa State and Simpson. Our capsules include season outlooks and key home dates for each team.
We look back on the highlights and the key contributors of the 2011 season. The Menace finished strong, making the organization's 11th appearance in the PDL playoffs.
This summer's full-time interns reflect on their three months with the Menace.
The season is over. The votes are in. Get to know Calloway's crew even better. This one's for the yearbooks.
Congratulations to John Sosa, who has earned a spot on the 2011 All-PDL Team. The Menace's midfield maestro assisted 10 goals and scored eight, leading Des Moines to the playoffs.
The Menace's season ended with a 3-2, overtime loss to the host Michigan Bucks on Friday (July 29). Des Moines led twice in the PDL Central Conference semifinal, and became the first team to score against the Bucks this season on their home turf.
In a battle of PDL powers, the Menace opens the playoffs against Michigan on Friday (July 29). Chicago and Thunder Bay face off in the night's other Central Conference semifinal, and the winners advance to Saturday's final. All four teams have made recent trips to the league championship.
Bryan Perez's five-point performance last Saturday landed him a spot on the Premier Development League's Team of the Week. Lebogang Moloto received honorable mention, for scoring the goal on Sunday that sent the Menace into the playoffs.
Get ready for the 2011 PDL Playoffs with regularly updated information on the Menace's postseason.
Friday's Central Conference semifinal is a battle of the two teams that top the Premier Development League's all-time wins list. The similarities don't end there for the Menace and the Bucks.
There must be something about Ben Taylor. The Menace has made it to the playoffs each of his two seasons on the team.
The Menace clinched its postseason berth with a 1-0 win at St. Louis on Sunday (July 24). Des Moines travels to Pontiac, Mich., for a Central Conference semifinal on Friday (July 29) against the host Michigan Bucks.
The Menace needs to win at St. Louis on Sunday (July 24), to clinch a spot in the PDL Playoffs. With Husref Jupic (left) and Bryan Perez (right) teaming up for three goals, Des Moines kept in the hunt by beating Kansas City, 5-1, on Saturday.
The Menace enters the final weekend of the regular season, needing a pair of wins and a little luck to make the playoffs.
Learn what it's like to guard the net from Menace goalkeeper, Jhojan Obando.
Show your support for the Menace, as the guys clash with the Kansas City Brass in a must-win game. Come wearing your Menace Red, and you'll receive a ticket for just $5!
To clinch one of the Heartland Division's two berths in the PDL playoffs, the Menace needs to win on Saturday and Sunday, and get a hand from the Heartland Division's other two contenders.
The Menace alumni hung tight with the Menace PDL team on Saturday (July 16). The youngsters prevailed, 4-1, in this battle of the ages.
The Menace's exhibition with a star-studded alumni team is a benefit for Blank Children's Hospital, which receives a portion of the ticket sales. Fans are also encouraged to contribute to a battery drive for the hospital.
Menace defender Jubril Lawal is a member of the Premier Development League's Team of the Week, after scoring his first goal of the season in the Menace's 2-0 win over Thunder Bay on July 9.
Fans can see their favorite former Menace players, including Tomas Boltnar (pictured), Neathan Gibson and Luke Friebeg, back in action this Saturday night at Valley Stadium.
Introducing the 2011 Menace Alumni team that plays the Menace on Saturday night at Valley Stadium. This group represents every previous Menace team, from 1994-2010.
From laundry, to videotaping and everything in between, Chris Idler makes sure the Des Moines Menace are fully equipped for both games and practice.
Jubril Lawal (pictured, with ball) and John Sosa scored for the Menace in Saturday's win, which gives Menace sole possession of first place in the Premier Development League's Heartland Division.
The Friday-night win boosts the Chill's playoff hopes, and means the Menace needs to win Saturday's rematch to stay in the running for a postseason berth.
Playoff spots and first place are on the line this weekend, as the Menace and Chill battle in a critical PDL doubleheader.
This week's player spotlight features the speedy Jamaican and Menace scoring machine, Deshorn Brown.
With a 3-1 win on Saturday (July 2), the Menace remains in the playoff hunt and turns its attention to two big matches next weekend against Thunder Bay.
The Menace received two goals apiece from John Sosa (pictured) and Deshorn Brown on Friday (July 1), opening a doubleheader with a 4-0 win over WSA Winnipeg.
The Menace hosts WSA Winnipeg on Friday and Saturday, with both matches starting at 7:30 p.m. Start your holiday weekend festivities on Friday night with a free pregame picnic (from 5 to 6:30) and postgame fireworks.
This week's player spotlight gets personal as we explore a day in the life of midfielder Bryan Perez and learn about his recent professional soccer trial.
Deshorn Brown and Finn Jor spearheaded the Menace's 5-0 win over the Winnipeg Lions on Saturday (June 25). Brown recorded a hat trick, and Jor (pictured) was a part of all three second-half goals.
The Menace welcomes the Winnipeg Lions on Saturday for the first of five straight matches against teams from north of the border.
This week's player spotlight gets "hairy" with Menace defender Diego Marroquin.
With Lebogang Moloto leading the way, the Menace broke a scoring drought in a home win over Kansas City on Saturday (June 18). Moloto scored twice and assisted John Sosa's game-winner, pulling the 7-3-0 Menace within a point of first-place Real Colorado.
The Menace hosts Kansas City on Saturday (June 18), looking to break a streak of three straight shutout losses. The Father's Day celebration, sponsored by Sheraton West Des Moines, marks the start of six straight weekends at home.
The Chicago Fire's PDL team used a late goal to beat the Menace in the first round of the Open Cup on Tuesday (June 14).
With another U.S. Open Cup home game on the line, the Menace hosts Chicago Fire PDL on Tuesday (June 21). A Menace win would result in a second-round match at Valley Stadium on June 28.
The Thunder Bay Chill got the upper hand once again on Saturday (June 11), shutting out the Meance for the second straight night.
The Thunder Bay Chill defeated the Menace 2-0 on Friday (June 10), shutting out Des Moines for the first time in 23 regular-season matches.
Here's information on pretty much anything you need to know about this first-round matchup between the Menace and the Fire, whose all-time series is tied 3-3-2.
John Sosa (pictured) assisted two goals on free kicks, helping the Menace win its second straight match at WSA Winnipeg on Wednesay (June 8). Sosa set up Finn Jor's goal in the 53rd minute -- the difference in this 4-3 win.
Come along with Husref Jupic (front center) on the journey to Canada.
Thanks to second-half goals from newcomer Matt LaGrassa and Bryan Perez (pictured), the Menace started its Canada road swing with a 2-0 win at WSA Winnipeg on Tuesday (June 7).
The Menace is in Canada, playing four matches in a span of five days.
The Menace defeated Des Moines International 14-0 on Saturday (June 4), with half the goals coming from Deshorn Brown, Luis Piffer and Otis Williams. The exhibition showcased players from more than 20 countries.
The Menace's first exhibition of the season is a tune-up for the team's upcoming trip to Canada.
This week's player spotlight features Jonny MacAdam and Luis Piffer, who give us an international look to the sport of soccer.
The Menace cruised to a 5-2 win over Kansas City on Wednesday (June 1). Deshorn Brown (pictured) scored two goals to help the payback performance.
The pairings are set for the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, and the Des Moines Menace hosts Chicago Fire PDL on Tuesday, June 14. The first-round match will start at 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium.
The payback-minded Des Moines Menace faces Kansas City on Wednesday (June 1), one week after the Brass crushed Des Moines’ hopes of sending two teams to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Menace midfield John Sosa has earned a spot on the Premier Development League Team of the Week.
The Menace has to settle for sending one team to the 2011 Open Cup, after losing 2-1 at Kansas City on Wednesday (May 25). A win would have clinched the PDL Heartland Division's spot in the national tournament.
Get to know John Sosa, the Menace's self-proclaimed "Mr. Assist." In this week's video, the midfielder tries to lend a helping hand.
The Menace needs to win at Kansas City tonight (Wednesday, May 25) to clinch a berth in the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
The Menace bolted to a 5-0 lead on Saturday (May 21) and won a lightning-shortened home match with St. Louis.
The Menace will be back in black for the second round against St. Louis, one week after defeating the Lions on opening night.
Check out this week's player spotlight video and story on Lebogang Moloto, a returner from South Africa who is making noise for the 2011 Menace.
The Menace claimed a 3-0 win at Springfield on Tuesday (May 17), with Coady Andrews heading in a pair of goals in the first half. Deshorn Brown closed the scoring in the 46th minute.
The Menace visits the Springfield Demize on Tuesday (May 17), hoping to boost its bid for a return to the Open Cup.
Deshorn Brown and Lebogang Moloto scored in the second half, as the Menace picked up the win over rival St. Louis on opening night.
With their all-time series tied up, the Menace and St. Louis face off Saturday night at Valley Stadium. The 7:30 match is sponsored by Gatorade.
During the 2011 season, we will feature a Menace player each week, with video and a story. Get to know the 2011 Menace, starting with defender Anthony Colaizzi!
Among the Menace's newcomers are four players who led their respective college teams in goals scored last fall. This is the third and final story announcing the members of the 2011 Menace.
Menace head coach Laurie Calloway is looking to many incoming players to put the clamps on opposing teams' offensive attacks in 2011. We announce the team's new defenders and goalkeepers.
Lebogang "Tsunami" Moloto (8) and Jubril Lawal (background) are among the seven players returning to the Menace in 2011.
We catch up with Lamar Neagle (2007-08 Menace), who has persevered to earn playing time with his hometown Seattle Sounders FC. This story appears in the Menace's 2011 game-day programs, going to print for the May 14 season opener.
Have you ever thought about buying Menace season tickets? Check out some of the benefits you'll receive, and make plans to join the Menace faithful in 2011.
Here's a sneak peak at the Menace's 2011 promotional lineup. The team has 11 matches on the home schedule, including exhibitions against DM International, the Winnipeg Lions and a team of Menace alumni.
Players interested in earning a spot on the Menace’s Premier Development League team or the Menace Reserves are invited to Valley Stadium for this open tryout session.
New for this spring, Junior Menace is now open to 3 year-olds! Starting in April, the program comes to Aliber Soccer Complex, Teamwork Acres and Grimes for a 5-week period at each location. The 3 and 4-year-old program will be for 30 minutes, two times per week and the 5-9 year-old program for 1 hour, two times per week.
Menace Academy parents, players and coaches will help roll out a sportsmanship program initiative called Alliance 4 All for the state of Iowa.
Here's a first look at the Menace's 2011 schedule. The May 14 season opener against St. Louis is the first of 11 matches at Valley Stadium.
The Menace's second annual Kick around the Clock drew 22 teams from 15 communities to Soccer House on Feb. 4-5. We look back at the indoor tournament with results and a photo gallery.
Do you want to get hands-on experience in the sports industry? Check out these opportunities to do this as a valued member of the Des Moines Menace's front-office team!
Soccer players interested in trying out for the Des Moines Menace’s Premier Development League team are invited to a two-day combine in Omaha, set for March 24-25.
A look back at the 2011 Winter Coaching Clinic, including a photo gallery. Nearly 20 coaches were part of the clinic at Des Moines' Central Campus on Jan. 28-29.