The two-seed Washington Valor (7-5) will face the three-seed Philadelphia Soul (7-5) in the first round of the AFL
postseason in a two-game, home-and-home series. The series kicks off this Sunday, July 28 at 3:30 p.m. at Capital One
Arena. Game 2 of the series will be played on Sunday, August 4 at 4 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa. The
winner of the two-game series, based on the aggregate score of the two games, will advance to ArenaBowl 32.
“You have to adopt the mentality knowing that you are going to get everyone’s best game, week in and week out,” Valor
Head Coach Benji McDowell said. “We have to bring our best game. That in and of itself is challenging, but it puts you in
that playoff mentality every week.”
VALOR PLAYER TO WATCH: QB Arvell Nelson – Nelson enters the postseason after leading the AFL with 73 total
touchdowns scored (54 passing and 19 rushing), rushing yards (226) and ranking second in passing yards (2,980). Nelson
is coming off an eight-touchdown (six passing and two rushing) performance against Columbus in Washington’s regular-
season finale. The game marked the twelfth time this season Nelson accounted for five total touchdowns and the fourth
time this season Nelson scored 3+ passing touchdowns and 2+ rushing touchdowns in the same game.
SOUL PLAYER TO WATCH: WR Darius Prince – Prince wrapped up his 2019 regular season ranking second in the league
in receptions (73) and third in receiving yards (936) and receiving touchdowns (21). Prince averaged 6.0 receptions,
107.5 receiving yards and 2.0 receiving touchdowns in two games against Washington this season. Both games against
the Valor were among Prince’s seven multi-touchdown games this season.
MATCHUP TO WATCH: Valor WRs vs. Soul DBs – The Valor receiving corps was one of the most balanced units in the
league this season. Washington had two games this season in which five different receivers caught at least one
touchdown pass – no other AFL team accomplished the feat even once. Across the line of scrimmage, the Philadelphia
defense features a pair of league-leading defensive backs: James Romain and Dwayne Hollis. Romains leads the league
with eight interceptions while Hollis ranks fourth with five picks. Romain and Hollis also ranks fourth and fifth,
respectively, in solo tackles.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: Sunday afternoon’s game will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Washington and ESPN3.