In the United States' ever-changing soccer landscape, few teams have enjoyed as much success as the Des Moines Menace. With a proud history that traces back to 1994, the Menace has established itself as one of the country's most accomplished soccer organizations.
We are committed to providing our passionate and loyal fanbase with fun, family-friendly entertainment – Iowa's highest level of men's AND women's soccer. And, through our youth programs, we continue to spread the fun by serving thousands of families in our community.
Everything we do is focused on the Menace's mission: Growing Soccer!
Part of the USL2
Playing in the United Soccer League 2 (USL2), the men's team focuses on the training and advancement of soccer players who aspire to play professionally. With more than 70 teams across North America, the USL2 represents the continent's highest level of amateur soccer.
The organization takes pride in its proud history of developing winning teams and top-level talent. Since the team’s inaugural 1994 season, the Menace has reached the PDL playoffs 16 times, four times advancing to the final four. The Menace’s banner year came in 2005, a season punctuated by a dramatic win over the El Paso Patriots to claim the PDL Championship. Des Moines has also earned three PDL regular-season titles, in 2002, 2014 and 2018.
Another source of pride is the organization's 12 berths in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup -- a century-old tournament that gives amateur teams the chance to go toe-to-toe with the pros. On three occasions, the Menace has faced Major League Soccer teams in the U.S. Open Cup -- most recently on May 28, 2013 (pictured above). Playing in front of more than 15,000 fans at Sporting Park, the Menace battled to a 2-0 loss against the defending Cup champion and eventual MLS Cup winner.
The Menace’s list of alumni in the professional ranks includes more than 100 former players who have signed pro contracts, including more than 30 who have played for Major League Soccer teams.
Ownership and Front Office
Kyle Krause, CEO of Kum & Go L.C., acquired majority ownership of the Menace in 1998. He was inducted into the United Soccer Leagues Hall of Fame in December 2011. The Menace organization’s front-office staff works at Kum & Go's corporate headquarters.
The Menace Soccer Foundation, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, encourages the interest and participation of youth soccer. The foundation consists of the Junior Menace, Youth Academy, youth tournaments and camps and clinics. For beginners ages 3-9, the Junior Menace develops the fundamental skills and love of soccer. A higher level of competition is found in the Menace Youth Academy, which is a select year-round program that focuses on improving players ages seven and older in a fun and challenging environment. The Menace also hosts five annual youth tournaments for boys and girls, as well as camps and clinics led by members of the Menace first teams.