The Washington Valor take on the defending-champion Philadelphia Soul on Thursday, May 31 at 7 p.m. at Capital One Arena. This is Philadelphia’s first trip to D.C. this season and the teams’ first matchup since Week 2. Both the Valor and Soul look to bounce back from road losses in Week 7.
VALOR PLAYER TO WATCH:
QB Arvell Nelson – A five-year AFL veteran, Nelson was signed earlier this week and will lead the Valor offense this weekend against the Soul. Nelson touts a 61.2 career completion percentage, almost 8,000 career passing yards and 155 career passing touchdowns. Nelson played 14 games with the Cleveland Gladiators in 2017, throwing for 7+ touchdowns on four different occasions.
SOUL PLAYER TO WATCH:
WR Darius Prince – Prince leads the AFL in receptions (47) and receiving yards (558) and ranks T-3
rd in receiving touchdowns (8). Last weekend’s game against Baltimore marked the first time all season that Prince went without a receiving touchdown. Prince recorded four receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown in Philadelphia’s Week 3 matchup against Washington.
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Valor WR Reggie Gray vs. Soul DB James Romain – Gray ranks T-3
rd in the AFL in receiving touchdowns (8) and enters this weekend’s matchup having scored in four-straight games, including a season-high four touchdowns against Baltimore in Week 6. The last game that Gray failed to score was Week 3 against the Soul. Philadelphia’s primary defensive back, James Romain, will be tasked with slowing down Gray and the rest of the Valor passing offense. Romain ranks fourth in the league in total tackles (30) and is tied for first with two interceptions on the season.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: Thursday night’s game will be broadcast live on Monumental Sports Network, AFL Now and Facebook Watch.