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Menace Plan to Rally at Valley

Menace National Final

July 30, 2021

The Des Moines Menace have secured our spot in the USL League Two National Final for the first time since 2005, when we defeated the El Paso Patriots. To add to the excitement, not only will we play for the championship, but Greater Des Moines (DSM) will serve as host for the match. It’s our first home championship match since our founding in 1994.

As co-general manager, I couldn’t be prouder or more excited for our team and our city. Soccer is a global sport and the opportunity to represent our state as a team playing for and host city of the National Final shines a spotlight on the impact we can have on advancing the sport within our region.

Our Roots Run Deep

Representing Iowa’s highest level of soccer, the Menace have not lost a home match since July 14, 2017. Once part of the Premier Development League, the Menace are now part of the USL League Two following a rebrand of the league. Since 1994, the Menace’s list of alumni in the professional ranks includes more than 175 former players who have signed professional contracts, including more than 30 who played for Major League Soccer teams.

Our team really represents what soccer can bring to a community. We have players like me who grew up playing here in Iowa, but we also have players from 12 different countries who have come together to create this amazing outcome for our team, our city and our state. Hosting the National Final is a great opportunity to introduce soccer fans to our team and our city and to show support for our players and all the hard work they’ve put into the season.

Our Sights are Set

Our sights are set, and players are laser focused on the goal ahead of us. The Menace are the No. 1 seed going into Saturday’s match after being crowned regular season champions with an 11-1-0 record, outscoring opponents 42-8 over the course of 16 matches this season.

And we haven’t lost a regular season home match since July 14, 2017! We aim to keep that home streak alive. Now, we ask our community and our fans to do their part.

Rally at Valley

The Menace will take on the North Carolina Fusion U23 on Saturday, July 31, at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines. Help us show our players and the visiting team how our city supports soccer by purchasing general admission tickets from MenaceSoccer.com.

The Greater Des Moines Partnership calendar of events is a one-stop resource for activities taking place throughout the region. Find networking information for Greater Des Moines (DSM) businesses or events specific to Downtown DSM.

Charlie Bales

Charlie Bales is the co-general manager for the Des Moines Menace. Born and raised in Iowa, Charlie played soccer all across the state as a child. He also played for the Menace from 2011 to 2015.