Articles from 2017
Ben Brackett's Menace career began at age 15, when he suited up as "Maniac" at home games. It continued with three seasons playing for the Menace's PDL team.
Join us as we revisit these spotlights of head coach Justin Vorster and the Menace women.
This season, we had fun getting to know Menace players and coaches with this new series.
The 2017 Menace experienced its ups and its downs. Here's a review of a season that finished on the upswing of the team's fourth straight trip to the PDL playoffs.
Reflecting on his third season as Menace head coach, Justin Vorster said 2017 was marked by team chemistry. Here's the season in a nut shell.
Due to low demand, the Menace has canceled our plans for the Sept. 24 trip to the MLS match between Sporting KC and the LA Galaxy.
Congratulations to Menace defenders Brandon Fricke (left) and Lucas Stauffer (right) on making the 2017 Premier Development Leagu All-Central Conference Team.
We continue this series by hanging out with J.R., who was born and raised Brazil and has been part of the central Iowa soccer scene for more than 25 years.
Boys and girls, ages 7-19, are invited to join top-level training sessions with professional coaches from the English Premier League club.
One night after the Menace's 2-0 upset of host Michigan, Des Moines' postseason run halted with a 2-0 loss to Thunder Bay in the PDL Central Conference final on July 22.
The Menace upset reigning PDL champ Michigan on the Bucks' home turf Friday. Ramone Howell's goal and assist set up Saturday's conference final against Thunder Bay.
The Menace tangles with the host Michigan Bucks in a Friday-night Central Conference semifinal inside Ultimate Soccer Arenas. This is the teams' eighth postseason meeting.
Let's spend some time with Austrian defender Luca Puster, who has helped the Menace return to the PDL Playoffs. It's our 17th "7 facts" feature of the 2017 season!
For the third straight year, the Menace heads to Pontiac for PDL postseason action hosted by the Michigan Bucks. The Menace faces the Bucks on Friday night.
The Heartland Region champion GSI Pride dealt the Menace a 4-1 defeat on July 16 at Urbandale Soccer Complex. The Menace (3-3-2) finishes third in the five-team region.
The Menace's fourth straight trip to the PDL Playoffs didn't come easily. In Saturday's do-or-die matchup, Elvir Ibisevic (pictured) and the Menace pulled out a 2-0 victory over Chicago.
In the second-to-last match of the season, the Chicago Red Stars Reserves downed the Menace in a second-place battle on Saturday (July 15) at Valley Stadium.
After a 2-1 loss to Saint Louis FC U23 on Friday, the Menace's playoff chances hinge on Saturday's season-closing home match against Chicago.
Needing one more victory to clinch a postseason spot, the Menace closes the regular season at Valley Stadium this Friday (vs. Saint Louis FC U23) and Saturday (vs. Chicago FC United).
Games at Valley Stadium (vs. Chicago on Saturday) and the Urbandale Soccer Complex (vs. GSI on Sunday) give the Menace a shot at second place in the Heartland Region.
After a two-year pro tour, Brandon Fricke is back for his sixth season with the Menace. Here are 7 facts about No. 5.
Elise White wears No. 23 for the Menace, one year after wearing No. 9 as Elise Reid. Here are a few more facts about the Menace's third-year forward.
Former Menace and Major League Soccer goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum was back in town last week, leading a clinic and signing autographs for fans.
This could be your last chance to catch the Menace at home this season. It's a three-day, four-game weekend, and we hope to see you soon!
Heading into a huge, season-closing weekend at home, the Menace kept its playoff hopes alive on Saturday by rallying past the St. Louis Lions, 3-1, in the PDL Game of the Week.
The Menace tied the Chicago Red Stars Reserves, 1-1, on Saturday (July 8). And next Saturday, the Menace hosts Chicago in a second-place showdown.
After a 3-2 exhibition loss on Friday, it's on to the PDL Game of the Week. With a whole lot on the line, the Menace hosts the St. Louis Lions on Saturday.
The Menace's season-closing home stand rolls on with a Friday-Saturday doubleheader -- first against Sporting KC U23 then against the St. Louis Lions in the PDL Game of the Week.
The Menace plays its next two matches against Chicago (on the road July 8 and at Valley Stadium on July 15), then closes the season on July 16 at Urbandale Soccer Complex.
Find out Haley Morris' favorite part about being a goalkeeper and more in her "7 facts about..." spotlight.
Here are seven facts about Menace goalkeeper Kyle Ihn.
The former Major League Soccer goalkeeper will be available for photos and autographs at Valley Stadium from 7:15 to 8 p.m.
On Saturday, Saint Louis FC dealt the Menace its second straight setback at Valley Stadium. After falling 2-1, the Menace looks to regain its winning ways in some key home matches.
The Menace closes the season at home the next three weekends, starting Saturday against Saint Louis FC U23.
Here are 7 facts about Amber Matthews, who wears No. 22 for the Menace.
Let's spend some time with Lucas Stauffer, who wears No. 22 for the Menace and is the team's top-ranked prospect.
Let's learn more about Menace Academy DOC Tomas Boltnar, who has made his mark as a Menace player and coach.
Happy Fourth of July from the Menace! Hope you can join us this Saturday for some fireworks (and some exciting soccer).
The Menace's regular-season home unbeaten streak has ended at 24 matches. Des Moines looks to start a new streak with a July 1 home match against Saint Louis FC U23.
The East scored three straight goals on Saturday at Valley Stadium, but the West all-stars won 4-3.
Neither side left Tuesday's 1-1 stalemate satisfied. On Saturday at Valley Stadium, the Menace and Chicago FC United look for payback.
Can you find the alternative fact about Menace newcomer Ann Marie Jaworski?
You've seen him on the Des Moines Menace poster, but do you know these 7 facts about Elvir Ibisevic?
We hosted the boys' all-stars last Saturday at Valley Stadium. And this Saturday, we'll host the girls. The 4:30 p.m. game preceeds the Menace's 7:30 p.m PDL match against Chicago.
Elise White and Rebecca Rodgers scored in the Menace's win at Minnesota on Wednesday (June 21).
Menace midfielder Hayden Partain is part of the Premier Development League's Team of the Week, announced June 21.
These pictures help tell the story of our time with the FC Barcelona and Croatia midfielder. Thanks to all who were part of this memorable experience with one of the game's rising stars!
Johan De Picker's late goal on Tuesday gave the Menace a 1-1 tie with Chicago FC United. The teams rematch on Saturday at Valley Stadium.
On Wednesday in Minnesota, the Menace plays its third WPSL away match in five days.
The Des Moines Menace and Chicago FC United meet for the first time, just four days before their second meeting -- this Saturday (June 24) on the Menace's home turf.
The Menace defeated the Kansas City Courage, 2-0, on June 17 and lost to the GSI Pride, 3-0, the next day.
Tucker Stephenson's second-half score on June 17 helped the host Menace seal the season series with Thunder Bay.
Before their brief time on the field with FC Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, the 2017 boys all-stars settled their match with a shootout on June 17.
The first-place Menace hosts Thunder Bay this Saturday, one week after the Heartland Division arch-rivals split on Canadian soil.
Thanks to the Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association, the state's all-star games are returning to Valley Stadium on June 17 (boys) and June 24 (girls).
The Menaces begins its WPSL road schedule with a doubleheader in Kansas City, June 17-18.
The Menace sits atop the Heartland Division table with a 4-2-1 mark after a 3-0 Wednesday win in Winnipeg. Next up: A Saturday showdown with Thunder Bay.
A 3-1 win in Winnipeg on Tuesday sets up the chance for the Menace to pull into first place in the PDL Heartland Divison.
Back for her fourth year with the Menace, here are 7 things you need to know about defender Whitney Sharpe.
He might be new to the Menace, but he's no stranger to Des Moines. Here are 7 facts about the Cedar Rapids native.
Rebecca Rodgers scored twice, and the Menace held on for a 3-1 win over Minnesota at Indianola Stadium on Sunday (June 11).
One night after the Menace grabbed a 1-0 victory in Thunder Bay, the Chill turned the tables on Saturday (June 10), thanks to Adam Abdellaoui's goals in the 31st and 32nd minutes.
Hayden Partain volleyed in a Joe Kay corner kick, and the Menace won 1-0 on Friday (June 9) to extend a successful streak against the Chill.
A week after a season-opening tie against Kansas City in Grimes, the Menace hosts WPSL action this Sunday in Indianola.
The Menace's PDL road schedule has seven matches, and four of them come in a weeklong trip to Thunder Bay (June 9-10) and Winnipeg (June 13-14).
The Norwalk boys -- featuring 13 members of the Menace Academy -- are back-to-back Iowa Class 2A champions. Congrats to the Warriors!
Here are seven things you should know about Menace returner Devyn Jambga.
The Menace Academy 13U boys won the Iowa State Cup on Sunday to advance to regionals.
Can you guess what fact is false about the Menace foward?
Here's how you can meet the FC Barcelona star when he comes to Des Moines, June 16-17.
In her Menace debut, Ann Marie Jaworski delivered a stoppage-time goal to force a draw with Kansas City on Sunday (June 4) in Grimes.
David Zalzman handled all the scoring in the Menace's exhibition win on Saturday at Valley Stadium.
Kick it with the Menace and the Ninja Turtles this Saturday (June 3) at Valley Stadium!
The Menace women kick off the 2017 season this Saturday (June 4), hosting the Kansas City Courage at Grimes Sports Complex.
The Ninja Turtles can't wait to meet Menace fans on Youth Soccer Night.
Let's spend some time with Justin Vorster, the third-year head coach for the Menace women. Vorster's forces start the season this Sunday (June 4) in Grimes.
Here are seven facts about midfielder Mueng Sunday, who is back for his fourth straight season with the Menace.
Devyn Jambga (above) pulled the Menace even in the 74th minute of Sunday's result against host Saint Louis FC.
After a lightning delay and a change of venue on Saturday, the St. Louis Lions got their first win in 11 tries against the Menace.
Ivan Rakitić, a midfielder for FC Barcelona and the Croatian national team, will be in Des Moines for a June 16-17 soccer camp and an appearance at our June 17 home game.
The team's first PDL road action comes against the St. Louis Lions and Saint Louis FC on the Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.
Can you find the alternative fact about the Menace's leading scorer?
Congrats and best wishes to these members of the Menace Academy's class of 2017.
Devyn Jambga (pictured) sealed the Menace's win over WSA Winnipeg on May 20, opening the Premier Development League schedule on a positive note.
A Saturday (May 20) matchup with WSA Winnipeg begins the Menace's quest for a fourth straight division crown.
We kick off a new series of feature stories by getting to know the Menace's first-year head coach.
With a 3-1 win on Wednesday (May 10) at Valley Stadium, AFC Cleveland dealt the Menace its first early exit from the Open Cup since 2011.
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup opens the season for the Menace, which hosts AFC Cleveland on Wednesday (May 10).
Boys and girls are invited to register for the chance to be part of the Menace in the 2017-18 season (and hopefully beyond!).
In the first round of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the Menace welcomes AFC Cleveland, the defending National Premier Soccer League champions.
The Menace's WPSL home schedule includes matches played in West Des Moines, Grimes, Indianola and Johnston.
The Menace's pursuit of a fourth straight division title begins with a May 20 home match against WSA Winnipeg.
Due to an unfortunate, season-ending injury, Rafinha will not be coming to Des Moines in 2017. Thank you for your understanding and your support!
The Menace family mourns the loss of Derek Cisneros, a member of the Menace Academy 13U boys team. His coaches and teammates remember Derek as a fun kid who loved soccer.
Congratulations to underdog Juventus (11U-12U) and top-seeded Athletico Madrid (13U-14U) on hoisting the Menace Champions League cup on March 4.
Austin Ledbetter (2016 Menace, pictured) and Andrew Putna were chosen by FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake, respectively, in the third round of the 2017 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.
On Jan. 13, Menace alums Daniel Johnson (above) and Jalen Brown were drafted by the Chicago Fire and New York City FC, respectively.
John Pascarella, a former MLS goalkeeper who has been an assistant coach for Sporting Kansas City the last eight seasons, is the new head coach of the Menace's PDL team.