Articles from 2018
Postseason soccer's coming to Des Moines. Get your tickets and cheer on the 2018 PDL regular-season champion Menace in the first weekend of the playoffs.
The Menace's dramatic win over Lansing on Friday sets up a Central Conference Championship matchup with Chicago on Saturday.
In Friday's first PDL Central Conference semifinal, Chicago FC United scored four times in the second half of a 5-3 win at Valley Stadium.
This Friday and Saturday, the PDL Playoffs -- and the Dayton Dutch Lions, Chicago FC United and Lansing United -- are coming to Valley Stadium.
Ready for the PDL Playoffs at Valley Stadium? Put on your Menace Red and make some noise for your team.
He's been part of a Major League Soccer championship. Will this towering defender be part of a 2018 Premier Development League title, too?
A 3-1 home win over St. Louis on Friday cemented the Menace's unbeaten season and the best record in the 74-team league.
Kino Ryosuke and the Heartland Division champs (12-0-1) open a July 13-14 doubleheader with the PDL regular-season title at their fingertips.
The Central Conference's championship weekend is coming to Valley Stadium for the first time in four years.
The focus turns to hosting the PDL Playoffs this coming Friday and Saturday, as the Menace moves past a 1-1 exhibition tie with Aurora Borealis on Saturday.
The Menace's unbeaten run continues into the last weekend of the PDL season. After sweeping Chicago July 6-7, the Heartland Division champs are 12-0-1.
The Menace's 2018 season finished with a 2-1 home win (July 7 against the Kansas City Athletics) and a five-match undefeated streak.
Save on your tickets when you buy them at least 48 hours before the games you're attending.
Youth Night ($5 tickets for ages 6-17) on Friday will include "Libraries Rock" story time with Elephant and Piggie from Mo Willems' popular books.
The Menace is 11-0-1 after Friday night's win; the Heartland Division champs get a Saturday-night rematch with second-place Chicago.
She's been part of the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics. Let's get to know South African midfielder Robyn Moodaly.
Four High Point (N.C.) Panthers have helped the Menace seal the Heartland Division title. Let's meet one of them.
This Wednesday, you're invited to join Menace players, coaches, fans and staff at Gilroy's for the semifinal between Croatia and England.
With the division and conference titles locked up, the undefeated Menace hosts Chicago this Friday and Saturday.
The Menace hosts Chicago FC in a Heartland showdown that starts with "Celebrate America" on Fireworks Friday.
Hoping to close the WPSL season on a five-match unbeaten streak, the Menace hosts the Kansas City Athletics on Saturday (July 7) at Valley Stadium.
The Menace's M&M goalkeeping duo has allowed just four goals in helping the Menace start the PDL season 10-0-1.
We thank the 78 participants who were part of this spring's contest, and we thank you for your understanding: we are not continuing this contest.
After taming the St. Louis Lions, the Menace is on a four-game unbeaten streak heading into the WPSL season finale -- Saturday, July 7 against the Kansas City Athletics.
Thunderstorms spoiled the Menace's June 30 match with Union Dubuque FC. The next home action is a July 6-7 doubleheader with Chicago FC United.
All the scoring came in the second half, as the Menace found some mojo against the KC Courage on Saturday at Valley Stadium.
Kino Ryosuke's 12th goal was enough to give the Menace a 1-0 home win over Kaw Valley on Friday. With at least a share of the Heartland Division title, the Menace is 10-0-1.
UPDATED time and venue for the WPSL match on Sunday, July 1: 5:30 PM at Valley Stadium - Free admission for this Sunday match.
Heading into the last weekend of June, the Menace needs to win one more PDL match to seal a playoff spot and the division title.
Join us Friday to get a $20 package that includes a ticket to Saturday's "Celebrate Iowa" action, plus one of these super-soft t-shirts so you can be cool like Mueng and Brandon.
Menace midfielder Omar Mohamed has moved from war-torn Somalia to Egypt to Ohio to Michigan, back to Ohio and then Oregon...and, most recently, Iowa.
The visitors from Kansas snapped the Menace's season-opening nine-game winning streak on Saturday. The teams rematch at Valley Stadium next Friday.
The girls' version of the 2018 Iowa High School All-Star Game was tied 1-1 after regulation play on June 23 at Valley Stadium.
The Menace heads into four home weekends with a 9-0-0 record and the knowledge that one more win will seal a postseason berth.
The fun continues this Saturday, when the 9-0-0 Menace hosts Kaw Valley.
The Menace hosts this summer showcase at Valley Stadium on June 23 at 5 p.m., before a 7:30 p.m. PDL match against Kaw Valley FC.
Nico Clasen (6) and the Menace went lights-out in the second half of a 5-0 victory at Chicago on Wednesday. The 9-0-0 Menace plays at home from here on out.
Kino Ryosuke (pictured) started the scoring with his league-leading ninth goal; Nico Clasen closed the scoring in round one against Chicago.
The division's top two teams tangle when the Menace visits Chicago for a Tuesday-Wednesday twinbill.
We catch up with a hometown product who's come back to the Menace a year after playing professionally in Scandinavia.
Early goals by Haley Helverson and Lauren Ronnfeldt ignited a 4-0 road win over the Kansas City Courage on June 16.
Anthony Manning (pictured) headed in Brandon Fricke's header assist in the 46th minute, and the Menace defeated Thunder Bay 1-0 on Saturday.
Braces by Sioux City West's Esake Hasen and North Polk's Broc Hawkins spurred their team's win on June 16.
Nebraska Bugeaters FC put the Menace in a hole for the first time this season, and the home side was unable to dig its way out in a 2-0 loss on Friday.
The first-place Menace is at home the next five weekends, starting this Friday and Saturday against Bugeaters FC and the rival Chill.
Fireworks Friday ushers in the Menace's five-weekends-in-a-row homestand to wrap up the 2018 season.
For the sixth staight year, the Menace hosts the Iowa High School All-Star Games for the boys (June 16) and girls (June 23).
Carrying the experience of 30 "caps" and more than 150 MLS appearances, Lovel Palmer has brought his veteran presence to his role as the Menace's captain.
Thanks to more goals from Kino Ryosuke and Audi Jepson, the Menace won 3-0 on Sunday in Winnipeg. The team's at home the next five weekends.
The Menace women battled in a backto-back road setbacks to Fire & Ice SC (June 9) and the St. Louis Lions (June 10).
The Menace did all the scoring in the second half on June 8 in Thunder Bay. Des Moines takes a 5-0-0 mark to Winnipeg for a June 10 match to wrap up the Canadian trip.
The Menace heads to St. Louis for a Saturday-Sunday double-dip: June 9 with Fire & Ice SC and June 10 with the St. Louis Lions.
The Menace clashes with arch-rival Thunder Bay on Friday (June 8), then makes westbound tracks for a Sunday-night match in Winnipeg.
After a couple seasons away, she's back in goal with the Menace -- this time with experience as an Olympic athlete.
The third Menace PDL player in this feature series is a forward who has helped the Menace to four wins in four outings.
For the second year in a row, the Menace Academy 14U boys won a state title by beating BSA White 3-1 in Muscatine on the first Sunday of June.
Audi Jepson and Brandon Fricke scored in the first half of the Menace's 2-0 road victory over St. Louis on June 2.
The reigning champions raced to a 3-0 lead in the first 20 minutes of a 4-0 win on June 2 in Grimes.
Another two-goal performance by Kino Ryosuke paved the way for the Menace's 2-1 victory at Kaw Valley FC on June 1.
The Menace's road swing continues with back-to-back games at Kaw Valley FC and St. Louis the first two days of June.
Kino Ryosuke made quite the splash in his first two Menace appearances, netting four goals and the week's top weekly honor.
The Menace hosts Fire & Ice SC on Saturday, June 2 at Grimes Sports Complex.
Jordan McMahon is back for her seventh Menace season, this time as a mom. Let's catch up with the veteran midfielder and former pro.
Let's spend some time with midfielder Wilfred Williams, who had a goal and an assist in the Menace's Opening Night win.
Charlie Bales and Luke Petty are on board as account executives, focusing on the sales and fan experience for groups cheering on the Menace.
Marcel Berry (pictured) spotted the Menace an early lead on May 26 at St. Louis, and the team stayed on the attack in another victory.
Kino Ryosuke (pictured) and Wilfred Williams led the Menace's second-half surge against WSA Winnipeg on May 24 at Valley Stadium.
For our first player feature of 2018, let's spend some time with forward Kino Ryosuke.
For head coach Alen Marcina and the Menace, the 2018 Premier Development League season kicks off with a May 24 home match against WSA Winnipeg.
Wondering who will be suiting up for your Menace this season? Leading up to the May 24 opener, we'll be making daily player announcements on our Twitter feed: @MenaceSoccer.
The Menace hosts WSA Winnipeg for an Opening Night filled with fun. We're here to help you plan for our time together.
Starting in 2019, the Menace will have a new look, so please spread the word about this logo-design contest. We've extended the deadline to June 1st.
Dario Pot, whose resume includes a UEFA PRO license and extensive experiences as a professional coach and player, has joined head coach Alen Marcina's staff.
We are excited to welcome Evan Janssen, who started as Soccer Operations Manager on April 12.
Twenty years ago, a college teammate's invitation brought Daryl to the Menace. Find out how that fateful opportunity opened doors for his playing, coaching and office careers.
We're kicking off a series of "Where Are They Now?" Q&A's, and this first one features the first goal scorer in Menace history.
The Menace women's tryout, set for April 21, has been cancelled, due to low registrations. The men's tryout is still on for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 21 at Valley Stadium.
The Menace women open their 2018 schedule on June 2 against Fire & Ice SC at Grimes Sports Complex.
The Menace's 25th season commences with a home match on Thursday, May 24 against WSA Winnipeg. The team plays nine of its 10 home matches in the season's final five weekends.
Alen Marcina has played and coached high-level pro soccer, and he'll bring these experiences into his new role as the field general for the Menace's PDL team.
The Menace's list of Major League Soccer draftees grew on Jan. 21. Thanks to defender Andre Morrison (pictured in the background), one more alum is on this list.
No. 6 pick Chris Mueller (pictured), Lucas Stauffer and Tommy Barlow -- all from the 2016 Menace -- went in the 2018 Major League SuperDraft's first two rounds.
Former Marine and former Menace assistant coach Tiley Nunnink has worn many hats in his life. His newest role, as Menace general manager, started on Monday, Jan. 8.
We say thanks and bye (for now) to Matt Kennedy, a Menace fixture who is heading to North Carolina to join Triad Elite Soccer Club.