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Old 08-15-2018, 10:23 PM   #501
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Sporting Kansas City (13-6-5, 3rd) at Des Moines Menace (12-6-6, 5th)

Hoffman and Cannon are both too tired for this one, but we finally get our aerial game going again when Edmondson scores on a header 4 minutes in. We control possession at 63% and survive one attempt to flank our defensive line. Arroyo has a terrific game shutting down their offense.

Final Score: Des Moines 1, Kansas City 0
Goal: Edmondson
Top Three: Arroyo, Edmondson, Barkley

Metzger - lvl 62
Swan - lvl 58
Edmondson - lvl 27
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:46 PM   #502
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Des Moines Menace (13-6-6, 5th) at Rio Grande Valley (7-4-14, 15th)

Cannon's resurgence in the 2nd half of the season continues. Rio Grande has a subpar keeper, but they play an offside trap defense. So I use Cannon's Rainbow Feint just to get closer position for higher percentage shot. He executes this successfully twice and Rio Grande has no answer.

Final Score: Des Moines 2, Rio Grande 0
Goal: Cannon 2
Top Three: Cannon, Burroughs, Metzger

Barkley - lvl 66
Burroughs - lvl 37
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Old 08-15-2018, 11:12 PM   #503
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Des Moines Menace (14-6-6, 5th) at Portland Timbers (16-3-7, 2nd)

Cannon gets denied on two Rainbow Feint attempts in the 1st half. Hoffman finally gets us on the board with a penalty conversion in the 2nd half. Portland equalizes just 4 minutes later on a rare shot that gets by both Guy and Pressley. We can't find the winner before time runs out.

Final Score: Des Moines 1, Portland 1
Goal: Hoffman
Top Three: Burroughs, Hoffman, Swan

Guy - lvl 75
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Old 08-15-2018, 11:43 PM   #504
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Minnesota United (4-6-17, 17th) at Des Moines Menace (14-7-6, 5th)

Minnesota is the same team we had trouble with earlier in the season because they bunch up all their defenders right next to the keeper. I send in Hoffman to try and wreck their formation up by forcing them to tackle him. This creates several opportunities, but we don't convert until midway through the 2nd half when Cannon gets a close position (because of their formation) and perfectly places his shot. Minnesota never threatens a goal.

Final Score: Des Moines 1, Minnesota 0
Goal: Cannon
Top Three: Strong, Cannon, Arroyo

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Old 08-16-2018, 01:06 AM   #505
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Old 08-16-2018, 01:24 AM   #506
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Des Moines Menace (15-7-6, 5th) at New York City FC (15-7-6, 4th)

We get no shots on goal because Burroughs gets intercepted many times trying to get the ball to Cannon. Their keeper is so good it probably wouldn't have mattered. We were fortunate to manage a draw here as we had to defend a corner on the last action of the match.

Final Score: Des Moines 0, New York City 0
Goal:
Top Three: Pressley, Arroyo, Goode

We are in a dog fight for Continental Cup qualification. The top 4 Premier League teams make it...

1. Montreal - 61
2. Portland - 58
3. Colorado - 56
4. New York City - 53
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5. Des Moines - 53
6. Kansas City - 51
7. Dallas - 50
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Old 08-16-2018, 01:40 AM   #507
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Orlando City FC (12-6-11, 9th) at Des Moines Menace (15-8-6, 5th)

Another match where we just can't find that breakthrough goal. Burroughs is on a rough patch of intercepted passes that has to end at some point. They pull the offside trap several times, ruining our offensive momentum, and were unable to hold the ball while we get our guys back in place. Arroyo comes up big to help preserve the draw.

Final Score: Des Moines 0, Orlando 0
Goal:
Top Three: Arroyo, Guy, Strong
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Old 08-16-2018, 02:02 AM   #508
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National Cup - Semifinals - Leg 2

Des Moines Menace at Real Salt Lake


We lost 2-0 at home in the 1st leg, so when Salt Lake scores 16 minutes in, all hope seems lost. I start substituting and just decide to have some fun with headers. Hoffman heads a goal through late in the 2nd half for the equalizer, but it's not enough due to our poor showing in the 1st leg.

Final Score: Salt Lake 1 (3), Des Moines 1 (1)
Goal: Hoffman
Top Three: Guy, Hoffman, Edmondson

Barkley - lvl 67
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Arroyo - lvl 53
Pressley - lvl 52

*I forgot to mention earlier that my last glory upgrade was for the Bench Coach. What's cool is that the positional upgrades apply to the bench players as well. So if I have 5% bench coach, then my defenders are getting 20%.
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Old 08-16-2018, 02:27 AM   #509
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Des Moines Menace (15-9-6, 5th) at Colorado Rapids (18-5-7, 3rd)

Keepers without the Reaction skill are going to have problems against us. That's what happens here. The first goal is easy. Cannon gets in position by the keeper and receives a pass from Burroughs. He Rainbow Feints the keeper successfully. The 2nd goal was more difficult. Cannon got the ball from his normal starting position. I notice they don't have CD's next to each other. So Cannon Rainbow Feints three players in succession, the last one being the keeper, and puts us up 2-0. Lindsey comes in for the 2nd half, wins a penalty, and converts it to put the game away.

Final Score: Des Moines 3, Colorado 0
Goal: Cannon 2, Lindsey
Top Three: Cannon, Arroyo, Guy

Hoffman - lvl 60
Titus - lvl 23

1. Montreal - 67
2. Portland - 61
3. Colorado - 59
4. New York City - 57
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5. Des Moines - 57
7. Dallas - 56
6. Kansas City - 51
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Old 08-16-2018, 02:47 AM   #510
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Columbus Crew (10-5-16, 13th) at Des Moines Menace (16-9-6, 5th)

It takes almost the entire match (thanks to opposition wingbacks), but at the 82nd mark we finally get Cannon in position for a Rainbow Feint. And we see the value of the lvl 2 skill as he wins on the 2nd roll to give us the victory. Arroyo had another huge game intercepting several passes and Columbus never seriously threatens.

Final Score: Des Moines 1, Columbus 0
Goal: Cannon
Top Three: Arroyo, Cannon, Burroughs

Guy - lvl 76
Goode - lvl 64
Metzger - lvl 64
Swan - lvl 60
Cannon - lvl 50
Burroughs - lvl 38

With 2 matches left, we are in the qualification spot!

1. Montreal - 70
2. Portland - 65
3. Colorado - 62
4. Des Moines - 60
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5. New York City - 57
6. Dallas - 56
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Old 08-16-2018, 03:13 AM   #511
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Des Moines Menace (17-9-6, 4th) at Montreal Impact (20-10-2, 1st)

Montreal has a keeper with a defense rating of 154. He also knows lvl 3 Reaction, so we can't use Rainbow Feint against him. Because of this, I rest Cannon, put in Edmondson, and play Hoffman as a CF. This pays off beautifully 24 minutes in when a Dewitt cross is headed home by Edmondson. Montreal quickly equalizes by getting in close and beating Pressley. Then, with time running out in the 1st half, Strong runs down the flank from his wingback spot, strips an opposition winger, then sends in a cross that Hoffman heads home. We actually manage to win the possession battle in the 2nd half and prevent Montreal from mounting a serious attempt at equalizing. This was a massive road victory for us!

Final Score: Des Moines 2, Montreal 1
Goal: Edmondson, Hoffman
Top Three: Swan, Edmondson, Hoffman

Dewitt - lvl 30

*And with that win (and NYC's loss), we have clinched at least 4th place, which means we will be participating in the Continental Cup next year!
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Old 08-16-2018, 03:32 AM   #512
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DC United (9-10-14, 14th) at Des Moines Menace (18-9-6, 4th)

We finish our season by opening with one of our more familiar moments. Hoffman dribbles behind the defense and earns a penalty, which he converts. This happens 4 minutes in and that's all the scoring there'd be. DC put 4 shots on goal, but Pressley and the defense were able to stop them all.

Final Score: Des Moines 1, DC United 0
Goal: Hoffman
Top Three: Pressley, Burroughs, Hoffman

Barkley - lvl 68
Strong - lvl 59
Jeffries - lvl 24
Ivey - lvl 19
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Old 08-16-2018, 03:40 AM   #513
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Final Standings...



*My favorite season to play yet. I was just hoping to stay up. Never thought we could do this well.

*Look at that defense! Only allowed 14 goals in 34 matches. Next best defense allowed 20.

*Arroyo finished 5th in the league with 42 tackles.

*Pressley finished 2nd in the league with 34 saves.

*Dewitt finished 1st in the cup with 4 assists.

*Guy finished 2nd in the cup with 11 tackles.

*Strong finished 8th in the cup with 8 tackles.

*Pressley finished 5th in the cup with 4 saves.

Goals Scored...

Cannon - 17
Hoffman - 14
Edmondson - 6
Lindsey - 4
Wilkerson - 2
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Old 08-16-2018, 11:33 AM   #514
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Old 08-16-2018, 12:32 PM   #515
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Wow what a pair of back to back seasons. Your defense is nearly impregnable. Your depth will really be tested this year though because you just qualified for at least the secondary continental cup and those games are no joke.
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Old 08-16-2018, 03:44 PM   #516
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Wow what a pair of back to back seasons. Your defense is nearly impregnable. Your depth will really be tested this year though because you just qualified for at least the secondary continental cup and those games are no joke.

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Looks like you'll probably qualify for one of the Continental events next year. Yay fixture spam!!

Yeah, I'm dreading this already. Here's hoping we can stay healthy this season.
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Old 08-17-2018, 12:51 AM   #517
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Old 08-17-2018, 01:14 AM   #518
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Des Moines Menace (0-0-0) at Montreal Impact (0-0-0)

Not a fun start to the season. I try for the same aerial strategy that beat them at the end of last season, but Dewitt has a terrible game attempting crosses. We get stripped of the ball on our own end of the field and fall victim to a Cannon Shot. Then in the 2nd half, they get behind our defense and earn a penalty to make it 2-0. Not sure what to do about these double winger formations.

Final: Montreal 2, Des Moines 0
Goal: None
Top Three: Burroughs, Goode, Barkley

Edmondson - lvl 28
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Old 08-17-2018, 01:33 AM   #519
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Swope Park Rangers (1-0-0, 6th) at Des Moines Menace (0-0-1, 17th)

I hate these really hot matches. Shepard gets winded insanely early and is of no use to us by halftime. Arroyo has to be subbed out, too. Cannon misses his one chance at Rainbow Feint and we can't get anything else going. So far this is not the same team that finished last season.

Final: Des Moines 0, Swope 0
Goal: None
Top Three: Arroyo, Pressley, Shepard

Swan - lvl 61
Hatton - lvl 33
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Old 08-17-2018, 01:51 AM   #520
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AFA Cup - Qualifying Round - Leg 1

Des Moines Menace at Victoria FC


Well, this is more like it. Midway through the 1st half, Hoffman does his patented move behind the defense and converts a penalty. Early in the 2nd half, new signee Eller does the same, but misses the penalty. However, he finally breaks through in the 84th minute with his expert Cannon Shot. They take 5 shots at us, but out defense is up to the challenge.

Final: Des Moines 2, Victoria 0
Goal: Hoffman, Eller
Top Three: Goode, Hoffman, Eller

Goode - lvl 65
Metzger - lvl 65
Burroughs - lvl 39
Eller - lvl 60
Burroughs - lvl 39
Tellez - lvl 38
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Houston Dynamo (0-1-1, 12th) at Des Moines Menace (0-1-1, 15th)

Cannon misses another Rainbow Feint early on, but finally breaks through this season on a direct free kick. Late in the 2nd half, Eller finds position for a long range Cannon Shot and succeeds. Houston gets owned by Guy multiple times and can't put pressure on Pressley.

Final: Des Moines 2, Houston 0
Goal: Cannon, Eller
Top Three: Guy, Cannon, Eller

Guy - lvl 77
Barkley - lvl 69
Strong - lvl 60
Pressley - lvl 53
Kirkland - lvl 30
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Old 08-17-2018, 02:34 AM   #522
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AFA Cup - Qualifying Round - Leg 2

Victoria FC at Des Moines Menace


We scored 2 away goals in the 1st leg, so just needed to prevent them from scoring more than once. It gets a little dicey late as they score off of a corner in the 66th minute. However, we're able to waste enough time to hold the aggregate lead and advance.

Final: Des Moines 0 (2), Victoria 1 (1)
Goal:
Top Three: Hoffman, Burroughs, Strong

Swan - lvl 62
Kirkland - lvl 31
Jeffries - lvl 25
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Old 08-17-2018, 02:51 AM   #523
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Des Moines Menace (1-1-1, 4th) at Sporting Kansas City (0-1-2, 16th)

I leave a gap in my defense trying for an unsuccessful counterattack and KC takes advantage with a Cannon Shot. We try for our own Cannon Shot, but Eller's lvl 3 attempt is ridiculously denied on all three rolls. However, we're able to get in position one last time when they try to set on offside trap and leave the middle lane open for Eller. His 2nd attempt is successful for the equalizer.

Final: Des Moines 1, Sporting Kansas City 1
Goal: Eller
Top Three: Shepard, Metzger, Eller

Metzger - lvl 66
Arroyo - lvl 54
Kirkland - lvl 32
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AFA Cup - 2nd Qualifying Round - Leg 1

Des Moines Menace at Avellanaeda FC


Avellanaeda is a 4.5 star team (we are still 3 stars), so this will be a tough one. We put Edmondson in to try and hit headers against their ridiculously talented keeper. This works out well as he scores on two headers, both times equalizing after Avellanaeda got ahead. We had trouble getting Cannon in position for a Rainbow Feint, but 2 away goals is a good start.

Final: Des Moines 2, Avellanaeda 2
Goal: Edmondson 2
Top Three: Edmondson, Strong, Dewitt

Goode - lvl 66
Kirkland - lvl 33
Edmondson - lvl 29
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Old 08-17-2018, 03:32 AM   #525
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New York City FC (2-1-1, 5th) at Des Moines Menace (1-2-1, 11th)

Eller pulls a Hoffman by breaking in and earning a penalty 4 minutes in. He converts to give us the lead. We have to survive four NYC shots on goal becuse we can't get any other good offensive opportunities. But our defense is up to the challenge as usual.

Final: Des Moines 1, New York City 0
Goal: Eller
Top Three: Pressley, Goode, Eller

Strong - lvl 61
Dewitt - lvl 31
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Old 08-17-2018, 03:32 AM   #526
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Only two starters that aren't worth a million euros some a lot more than that and it doesn't count Eller off the bench. You've come a long way
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Old 08-17-2018, 03:59 AM   #527
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AFA Cup - 2nd Qualifying Round - Leg 2

Avellanaeda FC at Des Moines Menace


Once again, a strong result on the road puts us in a favorable position for the 2nd leg. We drew at Avellanaeda 2-2, but the tiebreaker is away goals, meaning a 0-0 or 1-1 draw sends us to the next round. So we play pretty carefully and only end up with 1 shot on goal. Avellanaeda puts some pressure on and Pressley has to earn his check for a change, but we manage to shut them down and advance.

Final: Des Moines 0 (2), Avellanaeda 0 (2)
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Top Three: Pressley, Goode, Metzger

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Old 08-17-2018, 04:15 AM   #528
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Des Moines Menace (2-2-1, 7th) at FC Edmonton (1-2-2, 13th)

Edmonton has a great shot stopping Keeper, but he only has 14 control. This is the perfect recipe for a crossing strategy. They defend the first two we take, but we finally get it right 80 minutes in, when a perfect cross by Dewitt is headed home by Edmondson. We only have one difficult situation defensively, when we have to defend a direct free kick, but Guy knocks the ball away to secure the victory.

Final: Des Moines 1, Edmonton 0
Goal: Edmondson
Top Three: Edmondson, Shepard, Metzger

Barkley - lvl 70
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Old 08-17-2018, 04:50 AM   #529
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Real Salt Lake (1-0-5, 17th) at Des Moines Menace (3-2-1, 5th)

Cannon scores on two Rainbow Feints in the 1st half, but Salt Lake makes it a bit scary. They pull one back in the 2nd half on a shot where Pressley looks really bad. Then we have to survive a series of corners with no time left. Thankfully, we finally put it away when Barkley intercepts their last corner pass. (No one tries headers against us.)

Final: Des Moines 2, Salt Lake 1
Goal: Cannon 2
Top Three: Cannon, Swan, Burroughs

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Des Moines Menace (4-2-1, 4th) at Portland Timbers (2-4-2, 10th)

We struggle to get any offensive momentum here and only manage 1 shot on goal, a low percentage chance that Cannon misses. Portland tests our defense several times, but Guy and Pressley have great games to preserve the draw.

Final: Des Moines 0, Portland 0
Goal: none
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Brasilia FC at Des Moines Menace


On paper, we shouldn't have a chance against this team, but our defense is strong enough to shut them down and Pressley makes one huge save. This sets the stage for one counterattack where Burroughs gets the ball through the defense to Cannon. He beats the keeper for the winning goal

Final: Des Moines 1, Brasilia 0
Goal: Cannon
Top Three: Strong, Burroughs, Cannon

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Columbus Crew SC (2-1-5, 14th) at Des Moines Menace (4-3-1, 5th)

Columbus has a keeper with only 26 control and no Playing Out skill, so I insert Edmondson and use Dewitt and Strong to send in some crosses. We control possession for 69% and this gives us plenty of chances to set up crosses. Edmondson gives us a lead 30 minutes in on a header. He then proceeds to score two more in the 2nd half, both on headers, for the first hat trick of his career. Columbus gets only 1 shot on goal.

Final: Des Moines 3, Columbus 0
Goal: Edmondson 3
Top Three: Edmondson, Goode, Arroyo

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Des Moines Menace (5-3-1, 4th) at NY Cosmos (1-0-8, 18th)

NY gets stripped while trying to penetrate our defensive line. This sets up a perfect counterattack as we get the ball to Shepard, move Cannon behind the line and get him the ball right by the keeper. The Rainbow Feint is successful for the lead. Only 6 minutes later, we get the ball to Hoffman. He uses his break-in ability and then dribbles right by the keeper to double the lead. NY manages to take one back late inthe 1st half on a Cannon Shot (probably our biggest weakness), but we shut them down in the 2nd half by winning the possession battle.

Final: Des Moines 2, New York 1
Goal: Cannon, Hoffman
Top Three: Shepard, Hoffman, Guy

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Des Moines Menace (1-0-0, 1st) at Boedo FC (0-1-0, 3rd)

After a defensive struggle for most of the match, this one had a crazy ending. At the 80 minute mark, we get the ball to Cannon with a clear shot at the Keeper. I have no hope of this going in and just try for the corner, but the keeper misses the save! Then just 6 minutes later, Boedo's Forward somehow gets a shot through Guy and Pressley for the equalizer.

Final: Des Moines 2, New York 1
Goal: Cannon, Hoffman
Top Three: Goode, Cannon, Barkley

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Orlando City FC (3-2-5, 12th) at Des Moines Menace (6-3-1, 4th)

We haven't been able to use Eller effectively in a while, but Orlando's keeper is susceptible to Cannon Shot. We have trouble setting this up in the 1st half, but finally get him the ball in position at the 70 minute mark. His lvl 3 skill is difficult to stop and he puts us ahead. We have to survive a direct free kick late, but Swan stops the shot.

Final: Des Moines 1, Orlando 0
Goal: Eller
Top Three: Eller, Strong, Metzger

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Des Moines Menace (7-3-1, 4th) at Toronto FC (8-1-2, 3rd)

Toronto takes a 1st half lead when their Forward is able to fire a shot that beats two defenders and Pressley. We immediately equalize when Hoffman is able to dribble past the Keeper. We're unable to get any shots on goal in the 2nd half, but Guy comes up big once again to help preserve the draw.

Final: Des Moines 1, Toronto 1
Goal: Hoffman
Top Three: Hoffman, Arroyo, Guy

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National Cup - Round of 32 - Leg 1

San Jose Earthquakes at Des Moines Menace


This is a team we should handle pretty easily and we do manage to control possession for 64%. However, we struggle to get the ball in good scoring position until late in the 2nd half. Cannon's shot is blocked, but we win the corner. Shepard gets the ball to Eller and he easily puts it past the keeper on the last action of the game.

Final: Des Moines 1, San Jose 0
Goal: Eller
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NY Red Bulls (8-1-3, 3rd) at Des Moines Menace (7-4-1, 4th)

Our 2nd match in 3 days and it shows. We try for a crossing strategy, but they are all either bad crosses or the keeper stops the header. Meanwhile, NY scores twice on shots where Pressley makes a terrible effort.

Final: New York 2, Des Moines 0
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Top Three: Burroughs, Metzger, Pressley

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Temuco FC (0-1-1, 4th) at Des Moines Menace (1-1-0, 1st)


A defensive struggle in which each team only got 1 shot on goal. We won a corner late in the match and had a chance to get it to Cannon for a Rainbow Feint, but the pass was intercepted.

Final: Des Moines 0, Temecula 0
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Top Three: Strong, Burroughs, Arroyo

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Des Moines Menace (7-4-2, 5th) at FC Dallas (6-1-6, 8th)

Our 4th match in 9 days. Luckily we have some depth at Forward. This means Cannon is fully rested and he goes right to work. 22 minutes in, he fires a close precision shotthat beats the keeper. Then right before the half, he Rainbow Feints three players for his 2nd goal. He gets denied going for the hat trick in the 2nd half, but he did enough damage as we control the ball for 72%.

Final: Des Moines 2, Dallas 0
Goal:
Top Three: Strong, Burroughs, Arroyo

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DC United (9-1-4, 5th) at Des Moines Menace (8-4-2, 4th)

Cannon gets us off to another nice start by nailing a power shot 4 minutes in. In the 2nd half, we try to get Edmondson a header goal, but can't make either cross attempt work. Pressley has to make a few huge saves lateinthe 2nd half to preserve the win.

Final: Des Moines 1, DC 0
Goal: Cannon
Top Three: Pressley, Burroughs, Metzger

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Des Moines Menace (1-2-0, 2nd) at Brasilia FC (2-0-1, 1st)

Late in a scoreless tie, Strong picks up a red card on a bad tackle attempt. He'll miss the next three matches. The ensuing free kick leads to a goal for Brasilia. Hoffman gets stripped twice while trying to find the equalizer and we suffer our first loss of the group stage.

Final: Des Moines 1, DC 0
Goal: Cannon
Top Three: Strong, Shepard, Arroyo

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Des Moines Menace (9-4-2, 3rd) at Puerto Rico FC (6-1-8, 12th)


It was a defensive struggle for the 1st half. Then Cannon came out firing in the 2nd half. Getting the ball off the opening kickoff, he's able to maneuver close to the penalty area and beat the sweeper and keeper with a precise shot. 16 minutes later, he Rainbow Feints three players to double the lead. Puerto Rico's two shots are easily stopped by our defense.

Final: Des Moines 2, Puerto Rico 0
Goal: Cannon
Top Three: Cannon, Arroyo, Guy

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National Cup - Round of 32 - Leg 2

This was a wild one. It's San Jose who takes the lead right before halftime on a power shot that gets by Pressley. Hoffman has a chance to equalize right after halftime, but his dribble is denied by the keeper. Without Arroyo, we have trouble winning the ball back at midfield and setting up a good attack. But we're able to prevent another goal. Because we won the 1st leg 1-0, we go to penalties.

They miss. 0-0
Eller misses. 0-0
They miss. 0-0
Hoffman scores. 1-0
They score. 1-1
Burroughs scores. 2-1
They miss. 2-1
Guy scores for the win!

Final: Des Moines 0 (1), San Jose 1 (1) (3:1p)
Goal: None
Top Three: Guy, Hoffman, Burroughs

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Colorado Rapids (11-2-3, 1st) at Des Moines Menace (10-4-2, 3rd)

A very satisfying conclusion to the 1st half of league play! Cannon scores twice on Rainbow Feints to give us the lead, the 2nd of which he had to go through three people. Colorado only manages two shots on goal, but Guy steps in front of both of them.

Final: Des Moines 2, Colorado 0
Goal: Cannon 2
Top Three: Cannon, Arroyo, Burroughs

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Boedo FC (0-2-2, 4th) at Des Moines Menace (1-2-1, 2nd)


Cannon is tired and Eller's Cannon Shot is of no use against Boedo's keeper, so it's tie for a crossing strategy. I play Strong up in the winger spot and put Edmondson in and play Hoffman as CF. This pays off 26 minutes in as Hoffman heads home a cross from Strong. Boedo's keeper blocks the next two headers, but we survive two late corner kicks and take the victory.

Final: Des Moines 1, Boedo 0
Goal: Hoffman
Top Three: Hoffman, Guy, Pressley

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National Cup - Round of 16 - Leg 1

Des Moines Menace at LA Galaxy


We struggle in the 1st half as Cannon gets denied on three separate shots. I rest him so he can be ready for our next AFA match. Hoffman opens the 2nd half by earning a penalty and converting it. Then We get the ball to Eller right by the keeper and he succeeds on a Cannon Shot. LA has no hope of scoring on us.

Final: Des Moines 2, LA 0
Goal: Hoffman, Eller
Top Three: Metzger, Shepard, Hoffman

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Des Moines Menace (2-2-1, 2nd) at Temuco FC (1-2-2, 3rd)

Because of our goal differential advantage, we only need avoid losing by 2 or more to advance to the next stage. So it's nice when Cannon successfully pulls off a Rainbow Feint 18 minutes in. Temuco equalizes at the 40 minute mark, but they need 2 more to advance. Strong gets sent out at the 72nd minute due to a Red Card, but they still can't put any more goals on the board and we advance!

Final: Des Moines 1, Temuco 1
Goal: Cannon
Top Three: Goode, Metzger, Strong

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National Cup - Round of 16 - Leg 2

LA Galaxy at Des Moines Menace


LA has a good strategy here. They constantly attack the middle of our line. We easily make the tackle, but this leaves a gap in our defense. This allows them to get the ball back on a counterattack in position for a Cannon Shot. They do this twice. Luckily, Hoffman converts a penalty and Cannon scores on a Rainbow Feint, so we still advance to the quarterfinals.

Final: Des Moines 2 (4), LA 2 (2)
Goal: Cannon, Hoffman
Top Three: Shepard, Hoffman, Cannon

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Winter Break...

*I buy the next Bench Coach. Bench players now get 25% experience and defenders will get a full 100%.

*I extend Pressley for 3 yrs, $1.3 million. That will take him to 33 yrs old. I'll need to be on the lookout for a replacement keeper by then.

*I extend Cannon for 3 yrs, $733,938.

*I renew backup CD Tellez for 3 yrs, $287,377.

*I renew backup D Kirkland for 3 yrs, $107,530.

*I sell soe of the guys who aren't getting playing time and renew a few for depth purposes.

*I pay 23 Glory for Cannon to finish upgrading Rainbow Feint to lvl 3. He had 2 months left, but I wanted him to have it for the 2nd half of the season.

*That leaves me with...

Barkley - 7 months
Eller - 7 months
Metzger - 28 days

Metzger will be renewed no matter what. It will just depend on how many years. My plan is to sell Barkley. There's a good replacement on the transfer list,but that guy is out for a month. I will pull the trigger before Metzger's deal is done, or if someone else starts negotiating with the replacement.

*I'm left with $1.5 million.
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