On Saturday, Minneapolis City took 26 players south to play a pair of 60-minute friendlies against the Des Moines Menace reserves. The trip served as City’s final look at a number of players ahead of trimming down its roster in advance of the start of its Premier League of American campaign.
The two clubs squared off against one another on a cool and very windy day at the Menace’s home ground in West Des Moines, Valley Stadium. None of the Menace players that took part in the previous Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup victory over FC Wichita participated for Des Moines—all were rested in advance of this Wednesday’s third-round match against the USL’s Tulsa Roughnecks.
For City, the friendlies provided an opportunity to evaluate trailists and get a first look a few players that had recently returned to Minnesota from colleges outstate.