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Former Dallas coach, Chicago assistant Jeffries taking helm of PDL side

Former Dallas coach, Chicago assistant Jeffries taking helm of PDL side

Christopher Ruppel

The former U.S. national team player, Dallas Burn head coach and Chicago Fire assistant will lead the Des Moines Meance of the Premier Development League.

Mike Jeffries, a former head coach for the Dallas Burn (now FC Dallas) and assistant coach for the Chicago Fire, is headed back to the coaching ranks in the Premier Development League.

Jeffries will be named the head coach of the Des Moines Menace Tuesday, a source with knowledge of the move told Goal.com.

Jeffries, who was also a scout for the U.S. national team in 2010 under Bob Bradley, was let go from his post as Chicago Fire director of player personnel this past fall. A finalist for MLS Coach of the Year in 2002 along with current Seattle Sounders boss Sigi Schmid and eventual winner and former New England Revolution coach Steve Nicol, Jeffries will take control of the Menace, who compete in the PDL's Heartland Division.

With two U.S. Open Cup victories under his belt as an assistant with the Fire, Jeffries will aim to mold the Menace into a tournament upstart while helping youth and collegiate players to professional careers. Last season, the Menace bowed out of the U.S. Open Cup in the second round at the hand of the NASL's Minnesota Stars.

Past players to play for the Menace before embarking on careers in MLS include current Philadelphia Union midfielder Danny Cruz, Columbus Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum, Montreal Impact winger Lamar Neagle, and three-time MLS Cup winner and current Seattle Sounders assistant coach Ezra Hendrickson.

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