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Soul to the ArenaBowl 2019

August 8th, 2019 by Leo | Comments Off on Soul to the ArenaBowl 2019 | Filed in Football, General, Soul, Sports


After defeating the defending-champion Washington Valor in both games of the first-round home-and-home series, the Philadelphia Soul will travel to Albany to take on the top-seeded Empire in ArenaBowl 32. This marks the Soul’s sixth title game appearance and third in the last four years. Fans can watch this weekend’s matchup live on ESPN2 or listen to the action on 97.5 The Fanatic.

The Philadelphia defense contained Washington’s dual-threat quarterback Arvell Nelson, the league leader in total offense this season. Over the two-game series, the Second Team All-Arena selection threw five interceptions and was sacked seven times. Leading the way was recent pickup Malik Forrester. The defensive lineman has a league-leading 4.5 sacks this postseason, including three on Sunday. He and the defensive line will look to get pressure on Albany quarterback Tommy Grady, who has been taken to the turf just one time this season.

That sack came at the hands of Soul lineman Sean Daniels during the team’s Week 10 win over the Empire. Philadelphia’s pass rush appeared to rattle Grady, who completed just eight of 18 passes in the second half while throwing two picks. This week, the Soul will attempt to get pressure on Grady while limiting the impact of his favorite target, 2019 Wide Receiver of the Year Malachi Jones.

Having dismantled the Washington defense, the Soul’s high-powered offense will face an Albany team that allowed just 47 points in its two playoff games against the Baltimore Brigade. Philadelphia quarterback Dan Raudabaugh is no stranger to the ArenaBowl, having led the team to four previous appearances and two titles. The nine-year veteran ranks second in passing yards and touchdowns in ArenaBowl history behind only Nick Davila.


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Philadelphia Soul, Opening Day Preview 2019

April 25th, 2019 by Hanks Corner | Comments Off on Philadelphia Soul, Opening Day Preview 2019 | Filed in Football, General, Soul, Sports


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.


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Soul Tied For Second In Final Seconds

June 18th, 2018 by Leo | Comments Off on Soul Tied For Second In Final Seconds | Filed in Football, General, Soul, Sports

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia Soul (5-4) defeated the Albany Empire (5-4) at the Times Union Center with a score of 75-74 in front of 9,534 fans in the final 0.4 seconds of the game. This nail-biter put the Soul in a tie with the Empire for second place in the Arena Football League.

Soul rookie WR Aaron Wascha totaled seven touchdowns and 208 yards, recording the first 200-yard receiving game since Quentin Sims’ 205 yards against Tampa Bay in April of 2017. Although the Empire maintained a steady lead for most of the game, the Soul fought hard in the fourth quarter to get the win they needed after falling to the Washington Valor at home last week.

The game began in usual Arena Football fashion as the Empire and Soul exchanged touchdowns early in the first quarter, scored by the top two wide receivers in the league: Empire WR Malachi Jones and Soul WR Darius Prince. However, Albany picked up the pace as WR Collin Taylor recovered a Soul onside kick, leading to a five-yard touchdown by WR Joe Hills, giving Albany a 14-7 lead. In the ensuing Soul drive after receptions by WR Aaron Wascha and Prince, the Soul managed to tie up the score at 14 with another touchdown by Prince to conclude the first quarter.

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Soul Win Two Straight, then the Power Pulls the Plug

May 5th, 2014 by Leo | Comments Off on Soul Win Two Straight, then the Power Pulls the Plug | Filed in General, Soul, Sports


Grady, Wright Help Pittsburgh Snap Philadelphia’s Winning Streak

PITTSBURGH (May 3, 2014) – The Philadelphia Soul (3-4) fell behind early and mounded a comeback, but did not have answer for the Tommy Grady-to-Rodney Wright connection as the Pittsburgh Power (4-3) outlasted Philadelphia, 65-57 at the CONSOL Energy Center on Saturday night in front of 5,321 fans.

“We need to play a more consistent game in all areas,” said Soul head coach Clint Dolezel.  “We can’t be making the same mistakes.  Defensively, we need to make stops on third and fourth down – and we didn’t do that tonight.  Offensively, we came out flat and had to play catch up for most of the game.  You can’t do that and expect to win.”

Tiger Jones finished with four catches for 99 yards and a touchdown.  Ryan McDaniel added five catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns.  V’Keon Lacey had three receptions for 32 yards and a touchdown, while Derrick Ross added two receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown.  Ross also had 10 yards rushing with two touchdowns on the ground.
QB Dan Raudabaugh finished the night by completing 17-of-25 passes for 308 yards and five touchdowns and no interceptions.


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Soul Conference Champs for Second Straight Year, ArenaBowl XXVI Here We Come!

August 11th, 2013 by Leo | Comments Off on Soul Conference Champs for Second Straight Year, ArenaBowl XXVI Here We Come! | Filed in Football, General, Soul


TalkSportsPhilly sends its congratulations to the Philadelphia Soul for winning the AFC Championship for back to back years!

The Philadelphia Soul defeated the Jacksonville Sharks, 75-59, to win the 2013 American Conference Championship.  They will head to Orlando next weekend – Saturday, August 17th – to play in ArenaBowl XXVI for a chance to bring Philadelphia another World Championship.  

“I am very proud of this entire team,” said Soul head coach Clint Dolezel.  “They came to play in all phases of the game and we are proud to bring back-to-back American Conference Championships back to Philadelphia.” (more…)

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