2014 US Open Cup qualifying: Des Moines Menace clinch USASA berth in snow; Schwaben AC return after 50 years (video)
USASA Region II has submitted their two teams to the 2014 US Open Cup with the Des Moines Menace’s USASA team punching their ticket, while Schwaben AC clinched a spot in the tournament for the first time since 1964.
2014 US Open Cup qualifying: Des Moines Menace USASA team beats KC Athletics to complete Region 2 final four
The Des Moines Menace needed a scoring outburst in the second half to advance past the Kansas City Athletics 4-2 in the quarterfinals of the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) Region II Open Cup qualifying tournament.
On a night where multiple MLS teams fell to lower division opponents, the defending US Open Cup Champion took care of business. Sporting Kansas City made a 12th minute goal by Kei Kamara stand up before adding an insurance strike from Claudio Bieler to defeat the Des Moines Menace 2-0 in front of 13,000 fans at Sporting Park.
The award is voted on by the staff at TheCup.us and a select panel from the North American Soccer Reporters. Fricke edged out Reading United goalkeeper John McCarthy, while his Menace teammate, goalkeeper Scott Angevine finished third in the voting.
2013 US Open Cup Second Round: Des Moines Menace prevail 1-0 at Minnesota in battle of giant killers
Boasting a lengthy history of upsets against MLS opposition fans in Minnesota relish the opportunity to take on the top flight clubs. But on Tuesday, the newly-branded Minnesota United club fell victim to a repeat Giant Killer themselves as the visiting PDL Des Moines Menace claimed their fifth upset of a professional club with a 1-0 decision.