Articles from 2012
Andy Gruenebaum (pictured), Major League Soccer's 2012 saves leader, was one of more than 20 former Menace players in the pro ranks this year.
Mobile's Stephen Okai, the NAIA National Player of the Year, is one of many former Menace players who earned college honors in 2012.
Iowa State's Jenny Dominguez, a second-team all-American, is one of 14 members from the inaugural Menace women who received 2012 college honors.
We welcome Matt Homonoff, who brings experience from his time with D.C. United (MLS) and FC Edmonton (NASL) to the role of Menace General Manager.
Congratulations to the Menace Academy U18 boys, winners of the Iowa Soccer Association's 2012 state cup. They captured the title with a 1-0 win on Oct. 28 at Cownie Soccer Park.
The Des Moines Menace Youth Academy is the Midwest's first club to participate in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Club Standards Project. This is a long-term commitment focused on growing and improving the club.
Cameron Duckworth (pictured) leads all Menace alums in the college ranks with 21 goals and 10 assists. The Iowa Central Community College sophomore from Waukee played for the 2012 Menace.
What are Jennifer Dominguez (pictured) and her 2012 Menace teammates up to this fall? It's time to catch up with the members of the 2012 Women's League Soccer champs.
We look back on the Menace's 2012 highlights, which included a hat trick, a stoppage-time game-winner and an exciting playoff race.
Join us as we look back on the highlights, key games and top players of the inaugural Menace women's team's season.
The Women's League Soccer champion Des Moines Menace routed Fort Wayne Sport Club on Sunday (July 22), bouncing back from a 2-0 loss the previous day in Cincinnati.
The Menace begins a search for the next general manager and head coach who will lead the organization. Team owner Kyle Krause has announced that GM Todd Meiners and head coach Laurie Callway are completing their time with the Menace.
In convincing fashion, the Menace clinched the Women's League Soccer championship on Sunday, pounding FC Indiana (South Bend), 8-1, at Teamwork Acres in Waukee.
Finishing on a high note, the Menace (8-5-3) defeated the St. Louis Lions on Sunday. Alex Lopez (pictured, right) and Brandon Fricke scored their first Menace goals.
For the second time in 2012, Minnesota Stars FC defeated the Menace 2-0 at Valley Stadium. The Saturday-night exhibition was a rematch of a May 22 Open Cup match.
After Saturday's 8-0 win at Valley Stadium, the Menace can clinch the Women's League Soccer championship tomorrow. Des Moines hosts FC Indiana (South Bend) at Teamwork Acres in Waukee, for a 4:30 p.m. Sunday matinee.
The Menace closes the season with a Saturday-night home match and a regular-season finale at St. Louis on Sunday. Minnesota Stars FC, which eliminated the Menace from the 2012 Open Cup, returns to Valley Stadium. Fireworks follow the match.
The Menace women host their last two home matches of the season this Saturday and Sunday. Two wins would crown the team Women's League Soccer champions!
Luis Piffer has been with the Menace for three consecutive years. Moved around the field this year, Piffer is happy as long he is able to help the team.
Wear RED to the July 14 doubleheader, and you'll get a $5 ticket for the Menace's last 2012 action at Valley Stadium. Fireworks follow the 7:30 men's match with the professional Minnesota Stars FC. The women's match against Ft. Wayne opens the Fan Appreciation Night festivities at 4:30.
Needing a win to stay in the playoff race, the Menace tied Thunder Bay on Saturday night at Valley Stadium. The team closes the season on July 14 at home and July 15 on the road.
Kasy Kiarash's stoppage-time goal (pictured) gave the Menace a 2-1 win over Thunder Bay on Friday. As the teams enter Saturday night's 7:30 rematch at Valley Stadium, Des Moines remains in the hunt for a playoff spot.
Premier Development League frontrunner Thunder Bay is in town for two matches. The Menace needs to beat the Chill twice, and get some help from other teams, to keep its playoff hopes alive.
The Menace women's match scheduled for this Saturday (July 7) at Valley Stadium has been moved to Sunday, July 15 at Teamwork Acres in Waukee. The change does not affect this weekend's Friday-Saturday PDL doubleheader between the Menace and Thunder Bay at Valley Stadium.
In the spotlight this week is Menace goalkeeper, Jhojan Obando. Using the Menace as a means of improvement, Obando looks to reach the professional ranks.
Charlie Bales (pictured) got the start at forward, and he delivered with a goal and an assist in Saturday's 4-1 home win over Springfield. Jonathan Martinez and Kasy Kiarash also scored their first Menace goals, and Logan McDaniel scored his third of the season, as Des Moines stayed in playoff contention.
The Menace hosts Springfield on Saturday, needing to win to stay in the chase for a playoff spot. Des Moines has four home matches in the next three weekends.
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It's been six weeks since the Menace women played their only home match to date. Now, they get three straight Saturdays in front of their home fans, opening with a first-place battle against the Cincy Lady Saints.
Menace returner Charlie Bales is this week's player spotlight. After rehabing a foot-injury, Bales is back in action and ready to aid the Menace in its run at the Heartland Division Playoffs.
The Des Moines Menace's tough times at Chapples Park continued on Saturday night, with a 3-0 loss to the Thunder Bay Chill. The Menace has key home matches coming up, hosting Springfield on June 30 and Thunder Bay on July 6-7.
Sullivan Silva's team-leading sixth and seventh goals of the season led the way for Thunder Bay on Friday night. The Menace tries to bounce back on Saturday.
The Menace enters a Friday-Saturday doubleheader in Thunder Bay, as part of a four-team race for the Heartland Division's two playoff berths.
In his fifth season with the Menace, head coach Laurie Calloway just took over as the franchise's all-time wins leader.
Jeff Kyei scored in the first half, and Maksym Kowal (pictured, 10) made good on a second-half PK, leading the Menace to a 2-0 win over Colorado Select on Saturday night.
The first-place Menace prepares for its final six PDL regular-season matches, welcoming Colorado Select for a 7:30 exhibition on Saturday (June 16).
With a 1-0 win at Springfield on Thursday, the Menace regained first place and made head coach Laurie Calloway the franchise's all-time wins leader.
This week's player spotlight features the Menace's monsterous center-back Javi Lopez, a member of the current PDL Team of the Week. Lopez connected on two headers leading the Menace to a 2-1 win last Saturday (June 9) over the Kansas City Brass.
With first place in the PDL Heartland Division on the line, the Menace and the Springfield Demize clash Thursday (June 14) at 7:30. Cooper Complex is the site of the 7:30 match.
Come to this Saturday's game wearing black, and you get in for just $5. The Menace hosts Colorado Select for a 7:30 exhibition at Valley Stadium.
Javi Lopez (pictured, in the air) headed in a pair of second-half goals, turning a deficit into a Menace win over Kansas City on Saturday night.
The Menace hosts the Kansas City Brass on Saturday, needing a win to keep in the PDL Heartland Division race. The match starts at 7:30 on Youth Soccer Night.
Logan McDaniel, a 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft fourth round pick, leads the Menace in points and is this week's spotlighted player.
Join us this Saturday, as the Menace hosts the Kansas City Brass at 7:30 p.m. Youth-soccer players in their team jerseys and coaches who present their coaches' passes receive free admission to the PDL match at Valley Stadium. Show your club spirit, and cheer on Iowa's Premier Soccer Team!
Late goals by Risto Laetti (above) and Jeff Kyei erased a two-goal deficit for the Menace in Winnipeg on Saturday.
Behind early goals from Brent Kallman (above, right) and Jack Pearson and a pair of late scores from Jordan Schmoker, the Menace defeated WSA Winnipeg on Friday night.
With a Friday-Saturday doubleheader at WSA Winnipeg, the Menace tries to keep in the thick of the Heartland Division standings.
This week we feature Brandon Fricke, captain of the 2012 Menace. The 20-year-old Grimes native is in his third season with the PDL team.
With a win on Saturday, St. Louis foiled the first-place plans of the visiting Menace. Logan McDaniel (pictured) scored in the fifth minute, spotting Des Moines an early lead. The Menace was undefeated in 12 straight against St. Louis, going back to a 2-1 loss on May 10, 2008.
Heading into Memorial Day weekend, the Menace knows a win Saturday night at St. Louis could mean at least a share of first place in the PDL Heartland Division.
Minnesota Stars FC bumped the Menace from the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday night at Valley Stadium. The defending North American Soccer League champions won 2-0 in second-round play.
The Menace hosts the defending North American Soccer League champion Minnesota Stars FC in the Open Cup' s second round. Tuesday's winner goes on to play Real Salt Lake on May 29.
Here's some information to help you prepare for the Menace's second-round match in the Open Cup. If Des Moines wins at home on Tuesday, the team plays at Real Salt Lake on May 29.
Luis Piffer scored a pair of second-half goals on Saturday night, as the Menace defeated Kansas City, 3-2, at Valley Stadium.
Des Moines' first focus is a Saturday-night match with league foe Kansas City; The Menace hopes to get a win over the weekend, before turning its attention to the Open Cup's second round.
Hat-trick hero Husref Jupic is the current PDL Player of the Week. The Des Moines Hoover grad is also this week's Player Spotlight video and story.
The first-ever Menace women's side makes its debut on Saturday, hosting a 4:30 match at Valley Stadium. Head coach Kevin Schalk has announced the roster for Iowa's premier women's soccer team.
To get to an Open Cup second-round home match, the Menace on Tuesday (May 15) had to overcome an early deficit, two lightning delays and even an irrigation delay. It took overtime, but the Menace defeated the host Milwaukee Bavarians, setting up a home match against Minnesota Stars FC on Tuesday, May 22.
The Menace faces the Milwaukee Bavarians on Tuesday (May 15), looking to advance past the Open Cup's first round for the first time since 2006.
The goals finally came for the Menace on Saturday night, with Husref Jupic and Lebogang Moloto (pictured) leading the outburst. Jupic scored the franchise's first hat trick in exactly five years; Moloto assisted three goals in his return match.
This week's spotlight features Maksym Kowal, an Ontario native whose opening-night goal got the Menace's season started on the right foot.
The Menace hosts rival St. Louis on Saturday night, looking to end a scoring drought.
The Springfield Demize beat the Menace for the first time in 12 tries, winning 1-0 in its season opener on Wednesday (May 9). Des Moines looks to get things on track on Saturday, hosting the St. Louis Lions.
In pursuit of its first win of the season, the Menace faces a road battle in Springfield, Mo., on Wednesday (May 9). The team's back at Valley Stadium this Saturday, hosting rival St. Louis at 7:30 p.m.
The near-miss Menace finished empty-handed on Saturday, dropping a 1-0 decision to the Real Colorado Foxes.
In the first half of a Friday-Saturday doubleheader, the Menace and the Real Colorado Foxes tied, 1-1, at Valley Stadium.
Opening Weekend brings a Friday-Saturday matchup between the PDL Heartland Division's representatives in the 2012 U.S. Open Cup.
Our first Menace Spotlight of 2012 is Mike Unwin, a first-year striker. Continue to keep an eye out for our weekly spotlight videos and stories!
What can fans look forward to in 2012? Lots of exciting things, including the inaugural Menace women's team and a record for our head coach, plus a street-soccer court and international cuisine at our home games.
The Menace closes the 2012 home schedule against Minnesota Stars FC on Saturday, July 14. Fireworks will follow the Menace's exhibition against the North America Soccer League's 2011 champs.
The first-ever Des Moines Menace women's team will play four home matches at Valley Stadium in 2012. The team opens at home on May 19, against defending Women's League Soccer champion FC indiana.
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!
The Des Moines Menace's 19th Premier Development League season opens with a bang, in the form of a May 4-5 Opening Weekend doubleheader against Real Colorado. All home action starts at 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium.
Lance Rozeboom, Matt Kuhn and Logan McDaniel were chosen in the Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft on Jan. 17. D.C. United selected Rozeboom and Kuhn, and the Portland Timbers picked McDaniel.
With the 15th selection in the Jan. 12 Major League SuperDraft, Seattle Sounders FC made Andrew Duran the 23rd former Menace player drafted by an MLS team. Duran, a defender from Creighton, helped the Menace reach the 2011 postseason.
The Menace Kick around the Clock indoor tournament returns to Soccer House in February! The egistration deadline is Friday, Jan. 20 at noon. Divisions for this overnight event: high school boys (U16 and U18 divsions) - high school girls - U14 coed - U14 girls - U12 coed - U12 girls