Philadelphia Soul, Opening Day Preview 2019

April 25th, 2019 by Hanks Corner | Filed under Football, General, Soul, Sports.

GAME PREVIEW: WEEK 1

The Philadelphia Soul will kick off the 2019 season on Saturday, April 27 at 3:30 pm against the Atlantic City Blackjacks. The three-time ArenaBowl champions will play host to the new expansion franchise at the Wells Fargo Center. Fans can watch live on NBC Sports Philadelphia+ or listen to the action on 97.5 The Fanatic.

After winning titles in 2016 and 2017, the Soul had a disappointing 2018 season that saw the team finish 7-5 and exit in the first round of the playoffs. However, this year’s squad is looking to return to championship form.

“One thing that hasn’t changed for the Philadelphia Soul: Our goal is to be the world champions,” said Soul owner Ron Jaworski. “We were not last year. Our goal is to be the world champions this year.”

Among those returning for the Soul are quarterback and former league MVP Dan Raudabaugh, 2018 Defensive Back of the Year James Romain, and 2018 First Team All-Arena wideout Darius Prince. Joining the experienced core are a number of promising new faces, including six AFL rookies.

“We’ve got the right guys. The right culture is growing here in Philly,” Raudabaugh said when asked about the idea of bringing another title back to Philadelphia. “That’s our job. That’s our mission. Anything else is unacceptable.”

The Soul are opening the season at home for the first time since 2008 after starting on the road in each of the last eight years. They are looking to win their fifth straight season opener, while the Blackjacks are playing their first-ever game. Atlantic City was one of two expansion teams to join the league this offseason, along with the Columbus Destroyers.

Despite the increased competition, Jaworski is still eager to bring home another title to the Philadelphia faithful.

“It’s all about winning. And we know where the greatest fans in the world are…right here in Philadelphia.”

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