Former Ranger Taylor Diem Continues his Career with Des Moines Menace

Sarah OttemanMay 17, 2013

Recently graduated men's soccer powerhouse Taylor Diem is continuing his career with the Des Moines Menace, a team in the Premier Development League (PDL) based out of West Des Moines, Iowa.

The league puts a focus on the training and development of amateur soccer players who aim to play professionally.  The Menace are part of the Heartland Division of the PDLs Central Conference and are a part of 60 teams across North America that feed into the United Soccer Leagues (USL).

The team competes against teams from Denver, Colo., Kansas City, Mo., St. Louis, Mo., Springfield, Mo., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

A native of Middleton, Wis., Diem is returning to the Menace after a standout 2012 season with the team as well as at Regis.

Last year with Des Moines, the defender played 975 minutes in 13 games, contributing to one assist on the season.

In his last year at Regis, 6-3 defender was tabbed to the Daktronics All-America First Team and the NSCAA All-America Second Team as well as being named RMAC Defensive Player of the Year and All-RMAC First Team.  He started in 19 contests while gathering two goals and four assists for eight points on the season.  He also helped the Ranger defense to a 0.94 goals against average on the season.

So far in 2013, Diem has recorded one assist in the team's 1-1 home-opening draw against the Springfield Demize and helped the team to a 1-0 victory against the Madison 56ers (amateur National Premier Soccer League) in the first round Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

The Des Moines Menace will host WSA Winnipeg May 18 in a home double header (4:30 p.m./7:30 p.m.), before heading to the second round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup on May 21.  In the next round, the team will take on the Minnesota United FC of the professional North American Soccer League at 7 p.m.  The winner of the match will advance to play at Major League Soccer's Sporting Kansas City next week.