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Round 2: The Rematch for St Louis and Des Moines

 St. Louis, Mo. (May 20th, 2011)- The St Louis Lions hit the road for their second consecutive match against the Des Moines Menace on Saturday night. The Lions will then return home on Sunday to face Real Colorado in the Home Opener, 5:00PM at the Tony Glavin Soccer Complex in St Charles. Both weekend matchups are qualifying matches for the prestigious US Open Cup.

“This is a big weekend for us and all of our players are ready,” says Tony Glavin Head Coach of the Lions “We played well last weekend and we came up short but this weekend is a different game and we will go in and work hard to get a different result. We need the to win this game to stay alive in the Open Cup.”

The Lions dropped the season opener last Saturday night 2-1. The Lions came out aggressive in the game and went on top 1-0, on a head ball by Ernad Cavka at the 30 minute mark. In the second half the Lions gave up two goals in the eventual loss.  

After the game Saturday night the Lions will return home in preparations for their Home Opener. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:00PM at the Tony Glavin Soccer Complex.

“It’s the Home Opener and we can’t wait to play in front of our fans.” Said Jonny Brown Lions midfielder “I can’t wait to hear our fans cheering for us but first we have a job to do on Saturday night and we can’t think about that now. We need to win in Des Moines”

This is the sixth season for the Lions in the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League. The Lions hold a 4-1 record on Home Openers.

“Every year we look to improve and this year I think we have stepped up our talent level once again. This will be an exciting season but we have a tough start in facing Des Moines twice and the Colorado. This is the Heartland Conference it is solid from top to bottom.” said Mike Poropat Assistant Head Coach of the Lions.    

The 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament features teams from four of the five tiers of the American Soccer Pyramid. These four levels—Major League Soccer, United Soccer League’s Pro League, the USL’s Premier Development League, the National Premier Soccer League, and the United States Adult Soccer Association— each have their own separate qualification process to trim their ranks down to their final club delegations in the months leading up to the start of the tournament proper.

The event will feature 40 teams. Eight clubs from Major League Soccer will participate, six that automatically qualify based on last season’s league position and two that qualify through a play-in tournament. In addition, 11 USL Pro League clubs, 9 clubs from the USL Premier Development League, 4 clubs from the National Premier Soccer League, and 8 USASA clubs and will also qualify.

For information on 2011 Season Tickets, Group Tickets and Individual Game Tickets call 636-939-5151 or visit www.stllions

Press release from the St. Louis Lions.

Ambersley Gives AC St. Louis Victory in US Open Cup Game

AC St.Louis got their second road win in a row, taking on the Des Moines Menace at Valley Stadium Tuesday night and coming out with a 1-0 win on a 70th minute Mike Ambersley goal.  AC St. Louis will travel to Blaine, Minnesota next Tuesday for the next round of the US Open Cup.  The NSC Minnesota Stars defeated the Kansas City Athletics 4-2.  In late May the Stars beat AC St. Louis at home 3-2, coming back to get the winning goal in the 88th minute.  Let’s get this Mississippi River Rivalry going. 

Claude Anelka’s AC St. Louis team had its hands full with the PDL Des Moines Menace.  The game was scoreless through the first half and it seemed that the Coach Laurie Calloway’s Menace players were much more threatening early on.  The Menace’ South African midfielder Lebogang Moloto and Brazilian forward Luis Piffer appeared to be full of attacking spirit, and goalkeeper Jason Williams played well.  Menace midfielder Logan McDaniel almost struck paydirt with a bicycle kick attempt in the 17th minute, and Alec Dufty had to come up with a kicksave on a Stefan De Las chance.  AC St. Louis’ midfielder Gauchinho got off a couple of shots, but without effect.  Alex Titton had an opportunity on a headed ball, and Brad Stisser had a break that was stopped by Des Moines’ defender Sam Morris in the 36th minute.  Moloto had a shot attempt just whistle over the AC crossbar before intermission.  Unfortunately, AC St. Louis captain Jack Traynor was injured very early in the contest, and was replaced by defender John Lesko. 
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Live Blog — AC St. Louis Meets Des Moines Menace in US Open Cup

AC St, Louis plays its first Lamar Hunt US Open Cup game in franchise history Tuesday June 15 at 7:30 pm in Des Moines against the PDL Menace.  The winner of tonight’s match will play the winner of the Kansas City Athletics-NSC Minnesota Stars match being played tonight in Blaine, Minnesota.  Claude Anelka’s AC St. Louis squad will look to add some luster to their season with a nice run in the US Open Cup.  Only one non-MLS team, the Rochester Rhinos, have won the cup since the inception of MLS.
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AC St. Louis Takes on Des Moines Menace in US Open Cup Tuesday

AC St. Louis travels to West Des Moines’ Valley Stadium for a 7:30 pm CDT Tuesday night matchup with the Des Moines Menace of the Premier Development League.  The winner of the contest will take on the winner of the NSC Minnesota Stars match with the Kansas City Athletics of USASA on June 22.   AC St. Louis goes into Tuesday night’s action fresh off a road win over the Puerto Rico Islanders, while the Menace were in St. Louis on Sunday to play their PDL Heartland Conference rivals, the St. Louis Lions.  That contest ended in a 1-1 draw.

The Des Moines Menace are in their 17th season and are currently in second place in the Heartland Conference, one point behind the Rochester Thunder and two points ahead of the Lions with 4-1-4 mark in PDL play.  They won the conference in 2009.  The Menace are coached by Laurence John “Laurie” Calloway, a 54 year-old Englishman who played with Blackburn Rovers and several other English teams along with the San Jose Earthquakes of the old NASL.  Calloway has a lengthy coaching resume, includng stops with the Rochester Rhinos, Seattle Sounders and San Jose Clash.  The Menace have had 22 alumni play in MLS over the years, and regularly draw crowds of 3000-4000, so their franchise is to be respected and taken seriously. 
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AC St. Louis Visits Des Moines Menace in US Open Cup June 15

Today the USSF announced its pairing for the 16 games in the first round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.  AC St. Louis will travel to West Des Moines, Iowa to play the Des Moines Menace of the Premier Development League at 7:30 pm CDT on Tuesday June 15.  Other teams playing in this round include other USSF D2  clubs, USL-2 clubs, PDL  and USASA clubs that have through elimination rounds played earlier.  The winners of each game will play again on June 22.  The winner of the AC St. Louis-Des Moines Menace match will play the winner of the Kansas City Athletics (USASA)-NSC Minnesota Stars match.

I’m disappointed that AC St. Louis wasn’t awarded a home game in this round.  The Des Moines Menace play in the same PDL Heartland Division as our local St. Louis Lions.   Des Moines defeated the Lions, 2-1, about ten days ago at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines before a crowd of over 3400, so one can fairly say that they deserve to be awarded a home game, too.  GO AC !!!!
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St. Louis Lions Fall to Des Moines Saturday on Disputed Goal

                                            Press Release from St. Louis Lions’ James Shipley. 

Des Moines, IA….The St. Louis Lions lost their second consecutive game of the season on Saturday night against the Des Moines 2-1 in front of 3,459 fans at Valley Stadium.

The game was a typical St Louis/Des Moines matchup as both teams battled hard and physical to try to control the midfield. The Lions Brian Harris picked up a yellow card for a rough tackle at midfield in the 20th minute. The Lions stepped up the pressure on the Menace and 4 minutes later Aaron Brittain played a pinpoint thru ball that sent Harris in on goal. Harris was one on one with the goal and found the back of the net. The Lions controlled much of the half and were confident going into halftime.
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