|Defensemen Taylor Diem chasses down
the ball earlier this season. The Des Moines
Menace will play the Springfield Demize at Valley
Stadium on Saturday, June 30 starting at 7:30
p.m. Admission is $9 for adults and $7 for kids
12-and-under. For more information, visit www.menacesoccer.com.
Des Moines Menace strives to finish the season
Since 1994, the Des Moines Menace has been
Iowa’s premier soccer team, providing fans with
fast-paced, goal-scoring action. Iowa might
not seem like a soccer destination, but Menace
fans swarm to Valley Stadium each game, giving
the franchise one of the highest home attendances
in the Premier Development League.
“There has always been a great fan base in Des
Moines, and we had the best attendance averages
in the league for many years,” said head coach
Laurie Calloway. “There is plenty of support,
and the fans are excited about the team.”
The team is currently 5-3-2, and with a few
more wins will be eligible for the playoffs.
But it’s a tough road ahead.
“We’re in second place right now, and four of
our last six games are against the Thunder Bay
Chill, which is the team ahead of us,” Calloway
said. “The opportunity for us to get into the
playoffs is in our hands. If we can win out,
we’ll make it in.”
The team is quite familiar with Thunder Bay,
as they have become a division rival.
“The rivalry has been building the last few
years. They have been a strong team, and we
usually finish close behind them,” Calloway
said. “But we have more to look out for as a
lot of teams have improved and had strong showings
This is Calloway’s second stint with the Menace.
In 2001, he led the team to an 11-7-2 record.
The following year he coached the team to its
best finish to date with a 15-0-3 record. After
leaving the team after the end of 2002 season,
Calloway returned in 2010. He became the Menace’s
all-time wins leader this season with 49 victories.
“It was a nice accolade to break the record,
and I never thought I would be in this position.
It’s been a great run, and I want to thanks
all of the coaches and players that helped me
get here,” Calloway said. “I’ve coached nearly
500 games in my career, so it was an honor and
privilege. But as a coach, I’d rather focus
on winning championships and leagues than breaking
The team is also working hard to build a younger
base of players from Iowa. Currently the team
only has three players from the state.
“With the recreational league and the women’s
team, we’re hoping to develop more players from
Iowa. Ideally we’d love to stock our team with
Iowa players,” Calloway said. “Although Iowa
is still in an infant stage of youth soccer,
the interest is there, and numbers continue
Calloway is focused on winning the teams remaining
games and keeping the momentum going.
“Plain and simple, we have to go on the road
and win some games if we are going to make the
playoffs,” he said. “Our team is united and
playing tough. But we won’t worry about the
playoffs until we get there. Right now it’s
just one game at a time.”
Des Moines Menace schedule
Valley Stadium — 7:30 p.m.
June 30 — Springfield Demize
July 6 — Thunder Bay Chill
July 7 — Thunder Bay Chill
July 14 — Minnesota Stars FC