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Founded in 1994, the Des Moines Menace is a soccer club based in Des Moines, IA. The team plays in USL League Two, the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid. Home matches are played in Valley Stadium (8,000 seats), where the team won the national title in 2021, defeating NC Fusion U23 in front of a nearly sold-out crowd. The Menace were Division Champions again in 2022 and finished with an undefeated 10-0-2 regular season record.
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The Des Moines Menace continued their proud history of partnering to build diversity, equity, and inclusion within their spaces. They hosted Menace Pride and Mental Health Awareness matches which included developing and wearing specially designed kits. Funds raised from the sale of the Pride jerseys were donated to Capital City Pride and funds from the Mental Health Awareness jerseys were donated to Iowa Healthiest State Initiative. The Menace organized a free soccer camp for 51 refugee children in the Des Moines metro area. All players received a Menace shirt, water bottle, free lunch, game tickets, and Menace posters. Menace also organized a free pre-game soccer clinic for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa. A total of 23 participants received coaching from Menace players and free game tickets. In partnership with Pro Iowa, Menace donated 100 soccer balls to Can Play, an organization that provides adapted and no cost programming to remove playing barriers.
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The Des Moines Menace is committed to reducing the environmental impact of our sporting events and team activities. Although we do not own or control utilities, energy usage is tracked at the apartment units we rent for our players. In 2022, we reduced the number of apartments we lease and improved the energy efficiency in the new apartments we rent. We also believe we can be a catalyst and educator in the future by partnering with sports venues that host our events.