Friday, November 16, 2012

Soul announce schedule

PHILADELPHIA – The Arena Football League and the Philadelphia Soul have released the 2013 regular-season schedule and division alignments.  The Soul will open the regular season on Saturday, March 23 with a re-match of ArenaBowl XXV in Arizona when they travel to face the Rattlers and will be featured as the “Game of the Week” on new national television partner CBS Sports Network.

The team’s home opener at the Wells Fargo Center will be on Saturday, April 20 against Eastern Division rival, the Cleveland Gladiators.  The team’s nine-game home schedule includes eight Saturdays and one Friday that includes visits from: Cleveland, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Orlando, Arizona, New Orleans, Iowa, Chicago and Utah.

“The task of making a return to the ArenaBowl is always a difficult one, but one that we will be prepared to tackle,” said Soul head coach Clint Dolezel.  “There will be plenty of strong teams this season and we will be tested right out of the gate with an ArenaBowl re-match against Arizona in Week 1.  We will be looking forward to one of the best home-field advantages in the League when we open up against Cleveland in Week 5.”

The Soul will be in the American Conference and will be placed in the Eastern Division with the Cleveland Gladiators and Pittsburgh Power.  The American Conference champions will face a schedule where the combined 2012 record of their opponents is 158-166.

Schedule highlights include:

·         Week 1 and 11; Re-match of Arena Bowl XXV against the Arizona Rattlers.

·         Week 2 and 9; Face former head coach Doug Plank and the Orlando Predators.

·         Week 4 and 14; Face former head coach Mike Hohensee and the Iowa Barnstormers.

·         Week 5 vs. Cleveland; Home Opener on April 20 against Eastern Division rival.

·         Week 8 and 13 vs. Pittsburgh; “Keystone Collision”, divisional games against in-state rival.

·         Week 18 vs. San Jose; the re-match of ArenaBowl XXII in San Jose on July 20.

·         Week 10 vs. Jacksonville; Re-match of the 2012 American Conference Championship game.

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