The Washington Valor (3-3) face their third consecutive road game this weekend, taking on the Philadelphia Soul (3-3) on Sunday, June 9 at 4 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center. The Valor are coming off their first loss in four games, a 10-point defeat to the undefeated Albany Empire last weekend. Washington won their only previous matchup with Philadelphia this season, 53-46, on a last-second touchdown from quarterback Arvell Nelson to wideout Josh Reese.
VALOR PLAYER TO WATCH:
WR Douglas McNeil III – McNeil III, who has played in just three games for the Valor this season, has already hauled in seven receiving touchdowns on just nine receptions and leads the league in receiving touchdowns per game (2.3). McNeil III is coming off his best game of the season, catching five passes for 124 yards and four touchdowns, all of which came in the second half.
SOUL PLAYER TO WATCH:
WR Darius Prince – Prince enters Week 7 ranking third in the AFL in all three major receiving categories: receptions (42), receiving yards (494) and receiving touchdowns (11). Prince has scored in all six games this season and has scored multiple touchdowns in four games. In Philadelphia’s Week 4 matchup against the Valor, Prince caught seven passes for 115 yards (season high) and a pair of touchdowns.
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Valor QB Arvell Nelson vs. Soul DB James Romain – Nelson, who ranks second in the league in total touchdowns scored (34) is coming off his second seven-passing-touchdown game of the season. Nelson has accounted for all but one of Washington’s scores in 2019, a 10-yard rushing touchdown by wideout Reggie Gray in Week 3. Nelson will have to navigate through a Soul defense led by defensive back James Romain, who is tied for the league lead with three interceptions. In the teams’ Week 4 meeting earlier this season, Romain set a season-high with six total tackles (all solo).
BROADCAST INFORMATION: Sunday afternoon’s game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington and ESPN3.