Articles from 2014
Lamar Neagle headlines a list of more than 30 Menace alumni in the pros this year.
The Menace, the Premier Development League's 2014 regular-season championship, is the winner of the 2014 PDL Communications Award.
Lynn's Chris Hellmann, a national champion and an all-American, headlines this long list of Menace alumni who earned college honors this fall.
Justin Vorster is the new head coach of the Menace women's team, Menace general manager Matt Homonoff announced on Dec. 11.
Congratulations to AIB's Carlan Samuelson (17) and the former Menace women who earned honors during this past college season.
Reserve your 2015 Menace season tickets by Thursday, Dec. 18, and we'll throw in a free Menace stocking cap.
After two seasons as the Menace's head coach, Mike Jeffries is returning to the pros. Jeffries is the first head coach of the Charlotte Independence.
Couldn't make it to our Holiday Blowout Sale on Dec. 5? No worries! Here's how you can order Menace merchandise...
The Menace Academy U15s won their third straight state championship on Nov. 2 at Tuma Soccer Complex in Marion.
It's fun to look back on the Menace's 2014 PDL season -- one of the most successful in franchise history.
Congratulations to Menace head coach Mike Jeffries!
Chris Hellman (pictured) is a member of the 2014 All-Premier Development League Team, and he is joined by Ralphie Lundy on the All-Central Conference Team.
Michigan struck with a pair of early goals in the PDL Central Conference Championship, eliminating the Menace from the playoffs on Saturday (July 26) at Valley Stadium.
Goalkeeper Paul Blanchette and captain Brandon Fricke rose to the occasion, and the Menace goes on to Saturday's PDL Central Conference championship -- 7:30 p.m. against Michigan.
Dzenan Catic (pictured), the PDL's goals leader, delivered goals 90 minutes apart, helping Michigan down St. Louis in the PDL Playoffs on Friday (July 25).
The playoffs are coming to Valley Stadium! Here are some details to help you prepare for postseason excitement.
The Menace faces K-W United FC at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, right after a 4:30 match between the Michigan Bucks and the St. Louis Lions. The semifinal winners battle on Saturday at 7:30.
Add Grant Bell (pictured, 24) and Michael Semenza to a long list (seven) of Menace players who have received weekly honors.
Check out this video and vote for your favorite goal of these five finalists.
The Menace heads into the PDL Playoffs next weekend with a 12-1-1 record -- tops in the 64-team Premier Development League. Des Moines beat WSA Winnipeg, 2-0, Saturday to clinch the title.
Goals came from five players, including four who scored for the first time in a Menace uniform, as the team won Friday (July 18) to stay in contention for the league's regular-season title.
The Menace hosts WSA for a Friday-Saturday doubleheader, knowing the team can clinch the league's regular-season title with a pair of wins.
The Central Conference championship weekend is coming to Valley Stadium!
Fireworks on Friday + Fan Appreciation Night on Saturday = 2 fun games to support the 2014 PDL Heartland Division champs. Cheer on the Menace against WSA Winnipeg!
Mueng Sunday scored the lone goal Tuesday (July 15) at Springfield in a win that clinched the conference crown and kept alive the Menace's hopes for a PDL regular-season title.
Aiming on the league's regular-season crown, the Menace plays at Springfield on Tuesday (July 15) and wraps up the schedule with a Friday-Saturday home doubleheader with WSA Winnipeg.
The Menace earned the division title with a 1-1 draw against the St. Louis Lions on Saturday (July 12).
The Menace's 2-0 win over Fire and Ice SC on Saturday (July 12)closed a 7-3-0 season that ended on four-match win streak.
The Menace finishes the season on Saturday (July 12), hosting Fire and Ice SC.
The Menace can seal the PDL Heartland Division championship with a win or a tie on Saturday (July 12), when the St. Louis Lions visit Valley Stadium for a much-anticipated matchup.
Everyone is invited to the Des Moines Social Club to watch this Sunday's World Cup Final. Join Menace players and staff for this fun, outdoor event in the DMSC's courtyard.
Who will win it all? Watch this video of the Menace's soccer-tennis tournament to find out. You heard it here first, soccer fans of the universe.
The Menace won 2-1 at Kansas City on Wednesday, setting up a battle for second place. On a three-match win streak, the team hosts its final 2014 match on Saturday against Fire and Ice SC.
The Menace plays its final road match on Wednesday (July 9) at Kansas City, looking to secure a winning record.
The Menace can clinch the PDL Heartland Division title at home this Saturday (July 12). The team is 9-1-0 after completing a weekend sweep at Winnipeg on Sunday (July 6).
A 2-0 win in Winnipeg on Saturday (July 5) clinched a PDL playoff berth for the 8-1-0 Menace.
Congratulations to scoring leader Chris Hellmann on earning the league's top weekly honor!
A postseason spot is within reach for the Menace, as the team travels to Winnipeg for a Saturday-Sunday doubleheader.
After our mascot missed the mark with his World Cup prediction, it was back to the drawing board. In this video, the Menace's players step in to help.
Sean Dong assisted two more goals by Chris Hellmann (pictured), as the Menace defeated Thunder Bay, 2-1, on Sunday (June 29). Des Moines (7-1-0) sits atop the Heartland Division.
The East came back from a two-goal deficit, but the West came out on the winning end of the 2014 Iowa East-West All-Star Cup on Sunday (June 29).
The Menace slipped by Thunder Bay, 1-0, on Saturday at Valley Stadium. The teams rematch Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Captain Haley Helverson spotted the Menace a 2-0 lead, and she assisted Marissa Hurt's game-winner in the 82nd minute, as the Menace got past Kansas City on Saturday (June 28).
The West doubled up the East in each half, winning the 2014 Iowa East-West Cup on Saturday (June 28) at Valley Stadium.
The Heartland Division's top spot is for grabs when Thunder Bay comes to town for a Saturday-Sunday doubledip.
The Menace hosts the Kansas City Courage on Saturday (June 27), as part of a tripleheader at Valley Stadium.
See who will be suiting up for the girls (Saturday at 2 p.m.) and the boys (Sunday at 5 p.m.) in the 2014 East-West All-Star Cups!
We invite you to help others by giving blood this Saturday (June 28) at Valley Stadium. The drive is made possible by LifeServe Blood Center and Megan's Legacy.
The Menace's head coach recalls his time as a scout for the U.S. Men's National Team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
The Premier Development League has postponed the Tuesday (June 24) match between the visiting Menace and the Chicago Inferno.
With a 4-0 blanking of the Springfield Demize, the Des Moines Menace clinched the Kum & Go Kup on Saturday (June 21).
You're invited to watch the United States' pool-play action with us. Hope to see you soon!
Autumn Hayes and Haley Helverson teamed up for a pair of second-half scores in the Menace's home win over Madison on Saturday (June 21).
The inaugural Kum & Go Kup is on the line Saturday (June 21), when Des Moines and Springfield battle in the second and final leg of their season series. Fans wearing RED get $5 tickets for the doubleheader.
Coming off a pair of road losses, the Menace hosts the Madison 56ers on Saturday (June 21).
Video and story: The Menace's Brazilian midfielder talks about the host country's football culture (plus, he shares his samba talents).
Wear RED to this Saturday's Menace doubleheader (June 21), and get in for just $5!
The Menace raced to a 2-0 lead on Sunday (June 15), before the home-side Chicago Red Stars Reserves scored six unanswered goals.
With a 3-2 victory on Saturday (June 14), the Menace ended a five-year winless streak in road matches against the Thunder Bay Chill.
Following a Friday-night (June 13) loss, the Menace marches on to Chicago, for a Sunday matchup with the Red Stars Reserves.
Thunder Bay defeated the Menace, 3-1, on Friday (June 13) at Chapples Park. The Chill is the first PDL team to score on the Menace this season.
Des Moines faces its arch-rivals Friday and Saturday (June 13 and 14), seeking its first win in Thunder Bay since June 13, 2009.
Des Moines hits the road for matches against the last two teams that have defeated the Menace.
Menace captain Brandon Fricke has earned a spot on the Premier Development League Team of the Week, announced by the United Soccer Leagues on Thursday (June 12).
The world's greatest sporting event is upon us! The Menace provides some World Cup info we hope you'll find useful.
The Des Moines collected its third straight shutout to open the PDL season, thwarting the Chicago Inferno, 3-0, on Saturday (June 7) at Valley Stadium.
Nicole Pearson's free-kick goal was enough to net a home win for the Menace on Saturday (June 7).
Entering its PDL home-opener, the 2-0-0 Menace is the league's only undefeated and untied team. On Saturday (June 7), Des Moines hosts the Chicago Inferno in the teams' first meeting.
Outscoring foes 29-2, this group ran away with the Iowa State Cup title for the second straight year.
The Menace hosts the Minnesota TwinStars on Saturday (June 7), two weeks after spoiling their WPSL debut.
We turn the spotlight on Menace goalie David Meves, a former MLS draft pick and NCAA champion who is showing the form that made him college's all-time shutouts leader.
Our first Player Spotlight of the 2014 WPSL season is Autumn Hayes.
Youth-soccer and high school players, coaches and referees receive FREE admission to Saturday's doubleheader (June 7), presented by the Iowa Soccer Association.
The Des Moines Menace is headed to Salt Lake City next month for the USASA's Werner Fricker National Amateur Cup, after winning the regional final, 3-1, in Iowa City on Sunday (June 1).
Haley Helverson (8) scored a pair of second-half goals, sealing the Menace's victory at Madison on Sunday (June 1).
Christian Castillo (left) netted the lone goal in the Menace's 1-0 exhibition victory over the Minnesota United FC Reserves on Saturday (May 31).
The inaugural Chicago Red Stars Reserves defeated the Menace on Saturday (May 31) at Valley Stadium.
Just three days after hosting Minnesota United FC, the Menace welcomes Minnesota's reserves squad for a Saturday-night (May 31) exhibition.
The Menace opens its home schedule on Saturday (May 31) against the Chicago Red Stars Reserves, then boards the bus for a Sunday match in Madison.
Minnesota knocked the Menace out of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday (May 28) at Valley Stadium.
The Menace hosts Minnesota United FC on Wednesday (May 28), in a rematch of this monumental Menace win from a year ago. The winner gets a June 18 date at MLS Cup champ Sporting KC.
Sean Hoek and Alec Bartlett (pictured, in center) provided the goals in the Menace's win at St. Louis on Sunday (May 25).
With goals from Lindsey Bardole (pictured, 7), Jordyn Thompson and Chelsea Cline, the Menace overcame an early deficit on Saturday (May 24) at league newcomer Minnesota.
The Menace heads to St. Louis to clash with the Lions on Sunday (May 25). These rivals tied the 2013 season series, 1-1-1.
Can the Menace repeat last year's upset of Minnesota, and get a rematch with Sporting KC?
The Menace opens its season at WPSL newcomer Minnesota, playing a 4 p.m. match on Saturday (May 24).
Recent Grand View grad Jonny Macadam is back for his third season with the Menace -- his fourth, counting his internship with the team in 2013.
The Menace's 2014 roster includes first-year players from Brazil, England, Ghana and South Africa.
The Menace ladies welcome nine newcomers from Iowa. They join six Iowa natives who are returning to the team.
The Menace ladies return 13 players, including Maggie Wylie (4).
In the 2014 PDL opener on Saturday (May 17), the Menace scored twice in the first 10 minutes and finished off home-side Springfield.
The Menace starts league play on the road, Saturday (May 17), against the Springfield Demize.
We welcome these new members of the 2014 Menace.
With a 3-0 win over Real Colorado on Wednesday (May 14), the Menace gets a May 28 home date with Minnesota United FC (NASL) in the Open Cup's second round.
The Menace hosts Open Cup action for the fifth straight season, looking to take down rival Real Colorado on Wednesday (May 14) at Valley Stadium.
Goalkeeper David Meves (pictured), the NCAA's career leader in minutes played and shutouts, is part of an exciting crew of first-time Menace players.
In its final tune-up for the Open Cup and regular season, the Menace finished off Imperio, 3-0, on Saturday (May 10) at Cownie Soccer Park.
With the U.S. Open Cup and the PDL regular season looming, the Menace faces the defending Des Moines International league champs on Saturday (May 10).
Brandon Fricke, a 2013 all-league honoree, is back for his fifth season with the Menace. See who else is returning.
The Menace and Schwaben AC (Ill.) will meet again on Sunday, June 1 at 1 p.m. in Iowa City, for the make-up of a regional final that was abandoned, due to weather, on April 27.
The Menace faces a familiar foe -- the Real Colorado Foxes -- in the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. This 7:30 p.m. rivalry match is the Menace's first 2014 action at Valley Stadium.
The Menace plays a USASA regional final on Sunday, April 27 in Iowa City, and hosts a pair of games on May 3 and May 10 at Cownie Soccer Park.
The University of Iowa Soccer Complex is the site of this 3 p.m. match on Sunday, April 27, against Schwaben AC.
MCL 2014 concluded on March 11 and 13 at Soccer House. Thanks to all who participated, and congrats to our champs: FC Barcelona (U11-U13) and Chelsea (pictured, U14-U16).
The Menace women have four home dates -- all Saturdays -- on their 2014 schedule. They hope to add a fifth home game by winning the division title.
The Menace hosts open tryouts for our men's and women's teams on Saturday, April 5 at Valley Stadium.
Check out these opportunities to gain real-world opportunities as part of the Menace.
We recap our 3v3 youth tournament, say thanks to all those who made it possible, and congratulate the participants who left the Super Bowl weekend event with hardware.
The Menace returns to Valley Stadium for the seventh-straight year. Put these dates on your May, June and July calendars and start making plans for some warm-weather fun!
Zach Barnes and Albert Edward are the 31st and 32nd Menace alumni drafted by Major League Soccer teams. On Jan. 21, D.C. United picked Barnes and the Colorado Rapids selected Edward (pictured).
Kick around the Clock, an indoor tournament for U6-U18 boys and girls, is set for Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. This Super Bowl weekend tradition has a new, 3v3 format, and a new home: The U in Grimes. Sign up by Jan. 14!