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US Open Cup Qualification Complete, First Round Begins June 15th

CHICAGO (June 2, 2010) – U.S. Soccer has announced the groupings for the first two rounds of the 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which kicks off with first-round matches on Tuesday, June 15, around the country.

All 32 lower division teams will enter the tournament in the first round. First-round pairings were determined by dividing the clubs geographically into eight groups of four, with match-ups within each group determined by random draw.

June 15 – Kansas City Athletics (USASA) at NSC Minnesota Stars (D2) – 7 pm at National Sports Center; Blaine, MN
June 15 – AC St. Louis (D2) at Des Moines Menace (PDL) – 7:30 pm at Valley Stadium; West Des Moines, IA

The KC Athletics, who participate in the US Adult Soccer league, advanced with their win over the AAC Eagles from Chicago on May 16th. The game was played following the Wizards match against the Chicago Fire.

The Des Moines Menace represent the PDL Heartland Conference, moving on to their 5th appearance in the national tournament after the Brass did them a favor by tying the Rochester Thunder last weekend. The Demize finished last in the group. The Menace share a record (with the Carolina Dynamo) for the furthest advancement by a PDL team, making it to the Fourth Round in 2005.

In the second round on June 22, the 16 first-round winners will face off, with eight victors moving into the third round to square off against eight Major League Soccer teams.

The third round will take place June 29, with the quarterfinals set for July 6-7, the semifinals on Aug. 31-Sept. 1 and the final slated for Oct. 5.

Of the 17 amateur division teams representing the U.S. Adult Soccer Association regional qualifiers and the Premier Development League, only the Arizona Sahuaros (USASA) are returning for their second consecutive U.S. Open Cup. The Sahuaros have qualified for four of the last five U.S. Open Cups, the best record of any amateur team during that span. This year’s participants also include the Sonoma County Sol of the National Premier Soccer League (an affiliate of the USASA), who qualified for the first round by virtue of winning a play-in match against PSA Los Gatos Storm, a club affiliated with U.S. Club Soccer (a member organization of U.S. Soccer).

Within the U.S. Open Cup framework, teams compete in one of the following four categories: professional outdoor Division I (Major League Soccer), Division II (USSF D-2 Pro League) or Division III (USL Second Division), or Amateur Division. In recent years, the Amateur Division has been comprised of the USL Premier Development League and regional qualifiers from the U.S. Adult Soccer Association.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which is recognized as U.S. Soccer’s National Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 95 consecutive years dating back to 1914.

The U.S. Open Cup is a single-elimination tournament, with games tied after regulation being decided in two 15-minute overtime halves. If the score is still tied after overtime, the winner is decided in a penalty kick shootout. The team that advances the furthest from each level except Division I will earn a $10,000 cash prize. The runner-up will take home $50,000, while the champion will collect $100,000. In addition, the winner will have its name engraved on the historic Dewar Challenge Trophy, the oldest trophy competed for nationally in American team sports. best escort service nyc

Des Moines Menace Claim Heartland Conference Crown

Demize LogoWith a 3-2 win at Kansas City last night, the Des Moines Menace claimed 1st place for themselves in the Heartland Conference. The game-winner was scored by Ben Taylor (Drury) on an assist from Garrett Webb. Taylor is now the leading the scorer for the Menace with 13 points.

The win ensured that the Menace would take sole possession of first regardless of the result here in Springfield, where the Demize were hosting the Colorado Real Foxes, the other potential contender. The Demize wrapped up their season with a 0-2 loss to the visitors. Colorado travel to Kansas City in hopes of finishing third now, ahead of the St Louis Lions who travel to Des Moines for the regular season final game. If the Foxes win, they claim second and Thunder Bay finish third. A tie at KC will ensure the 3rd place spot, behind the Chill. St Louis needs to defeat Des Moines, while Colorado loses to KC, to have a chance to go through.

This is the second division crown in the Menace’s 16 seasons. Des Moines makes its ninth postseason appearance, preparing to host the division’s second- and third-place teams, who will face off at Valley Stadium on July 24. The winner of that opening-round match will play the Menace the following night. That includes the 2nd place Thunder Bay Chill and either the Foxes or Lions.

The Demize finish their season with 7 points from 16 games, a record of 2 – 13 – 1, with 10 goals scored and 43 allowed.

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Des Moines Menace Clinch Playoff Spot With Win Over Springfield Demize

Demize LogoThe Springfield Demize finished their final road trip of the season on Saturday evening in Des Moines where they fell 4-0 to the hosts. With the win the Des Moines Menace has secured a spot in the playoffs and a share of the division championship. With two games remaining, one point is all that is necessary to ensure home-field advantage along with the Heartland Division title.

Ben Taylor and a trio of Drake Bulldogs – Garrett Webb (recently named Preseason All-American), Julien Edwards and Hunter Kennedy – led the Menace’s late-game rampage.

Taylor assisted Webb (50th minute) and Edwards (84th) before capping off the night with an unassisted goal in the final minute. With his first points in eight matches, Taylor passes Armin Mujdzic (10 points) as the team’s leading scorer (11 points)

The Demize will finish their season at home on Friday against the Colorado Real Foxes. Their opportunity to move up from the bottom of the table disappeared with their 0-1 loss to the KC Brass last week. So the final goal will be to get their 3rd win of the season at home against the visitors. Game time is 7:30 pm, come out and cheer on the home side!

2009 PDL Heartland Division
Team Pts GP W L T GF GA
MENACE 31  14 9  1  4  29 11
Thunder Bay 25  14 7  3  4  23 15
Real Colorado 24  14 7  4  3  25 17
St. Louis 24  15 6  3  6  29 22
Rochester 16  14 5  8  1  20 21
Kansas City 12  14 3  8  3  24 33
Springfield  7  15 2 12  1  10 41

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Cody Reinberg Signs With Harrisburg City Islanders

College Soccer: Drury Panthers vs Northern KentuckyFormer Drury Panther captain, Cody Reinberg, continues his development by signing with USL-2 Harrisburg City Islanders.

A native of Missouri, Cody Reinberg joins the Islanders after a year with another elite PDL club the Des Moines Menace. Prior to joining the Menace, he was a four-year starter at Drury University in Springfield, MO and played for the Springfield Demize in 2007. During his time as a Panther, Reinberg was an All-Great Lakes Valley Conference Honorable Mention and All-Great Lakes Region Third team, and All-Conference First Team honors.

Cody’s not the only St Louis boy on the squad, he’s joined by Tim Velten who played for SIU-Edwardsville and Louisville before joining Harrisburg in 2007.

Another familiar face is Brandon Swartzendruber, formerly of the Thunder Bay Chill.

Though a rookie to the USL-2, Brandon Swartzendruber is a natural goal scorer. He proved his scoring ability during two impressive seasons with the USL’s PDL Thunder Bay Chill. During the 2007 season, he scored 16 goals and recorded 4 assists, finishing second in the PDL for both goals and points. He continued his scoring success in 2008, scoring 13 goals and adding 8 assists, leading the Chill to the PDL Championship. A five-time PDL team of the week selection over two seasons, Swartzendruber was selected to the PDL All-Central Conference team for the 2008 season

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PDL Soccer: Springfield Demize Release Schedule

United Soccer Leagues announced the details for the 2009 USL Premier Development League season. The PDL will consist of 68 teams in 2009, playing in eight divisions that comprise the four conferences.

Expansion teams that have been formally announced and include a new member of the Heartland Conference, the Rochester (MN) Thunder. The league will play a 16-game season with games based primarily upon their divisional alignment. The season will open May 13th for the Demize and conclude July 17th.

Heartland Division: Des Moines Menace, Kansas City Brass, Real Colorado Foxes, Rochester Thunder, Springfield Demize, St Louis Lions, Thunder Bay Chill

Wednesday May 13 – Des Moines Menace @ Springfield Demize, 8:30 PM
Friday May 15 – St. Louis Lions @ Springfield Demize, 8:30 PM
Wednesday May 20 – Springfield Demize @ Kansas City Brass, 8:00 PM
Friday May 22 – Springfield Demize @ Real Colorado Foxes, 8:30 PM
Sunday May 24 – Springfield Demize @ Real Colorado Foxes, 3:00 PM
Saturday June 6 – Kansas City Brass @ Springfield Demize, 8:30 PM
Thursday June 11 – Kansas City Brass @ Springfield Demize, 8:30 PM
Saturday June 13 – Rochester Thunder @ Springfield Demize, 8:30 PM
Thursday June 18 – St. Louis Lions @ Springfield Demize, 8:30 PM
Saturday June 20 – Springfield Demize @ St. Louis Lions, 6:00 PM
Friday June 26 – Springfield Demize @ Rochester Thunder, 8:00 PM
Saturday June 27 – Springfield Demize @ Des Moines Menace, 8:30 PM
Tuesday June 30 – Thunder Bay Chill @ Springfield Demize, 8:30 PM
Thursday July 9 – Springfield Demize @ Kansas City Brass, 8:00 PM
Saturday July 11 – Springfield Demize @ Des Moines Menace, 8:30 PM
Friday July 17 – Real Colorado Foxes @ Springfield Demize, 8:30 PM

The Demize will have a schedule heavily weighted to home games early, with 6 of the 8 home games being played between May 13 – Jun 18. The new line up also means they’ll play the KC Brass 4 times, while holding home-and-away series with everyone in the Division except the PDL Finalist’s Thunder Bay. They’ll only face the Chill once, at home, which was a 0-1 loss last year.

The season wraps up July 19 with the playoffs beginning the following weekend with the return of the Divisional Championship playoffs (July 24-26) for the first time since 1998 with each division seeing three teams advance to the postseason. hot massage girl