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Matchup with Defending Champion Soul this Saturday

April 19, 2017


The Valor (1-0) open the Verizon Center doors to the defending champion Philadelphia Soul (1-0) this Sat., April 22 at 7 p.m. The matchup will break an early-season tie between the only unbeaten teams in the league.

VALOR PLAYER TO WATCH: WR/KR MIKE WASHINGTON – Washington sparked the Valor’s hot start in their season opener against the Brigade, corralling three touchdowns in the first 20 minutes of the game. The eighth-year wideout recorded scores of 34, 18 and eight yards, helping the Valor open an early 27-0 lead over Baltimore. In addition to leading the Valor receiving corps, Washington served as the team’s primary kick returner, running back four kicks for 55 yards, including a long of 26 yards.

SOUL PLAYER TO WATCH: QB DAN RAUDABAUGH – In Philadelphia’s season-opening, 56-52 win over the Tampa Bay Storm, Raudabaugh led the way for the Soul, accumulating 257 yards and five touchdowns on 22-of-31 passing. Now playing in his ninth season (seventh with Philadelphia), Raudabaugh’s 121.9 rating is the highest among AFL quarterbacks with at least eight pass attempts this season.

MATCHUP TO WATCH: VALOR QB ERIK MEYER vs. SOUL DB JAMES ROMAIN

Washington QB Erik Meyer looks to follow up his 237-yard, four-touchdown performance from Week 1 this weekend against a Philadelphia defensive backfield led by DB James Romain, a former Delaware Blue Hen playing in his eighth AFL season. Romain tallied six unassisted tackles in Week 1, including two tackles for loss and the team’s only interception, which he returned 34 yards.  

PHILLY CONNECTION: Valor DB Tracy Belton won Arena Football Defensive Player of the Year, Defensive Back of the Year and was named First Team All-Arena for his efforts with the Philadelphia Soul last season. Coming off a nine-tackle, two-interception performance in the Valor’s season opening win over the Brigade, Tracy Belton will be tasked with slowing the vaunted passing attack of his former team.

BROADCAST INFORMATION: Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on Monumental Sports Network.

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