Gladiators Head to Unbeaten Philadelphia
MATCHUP For the first of three matchups in the regular season, East Division rivals will be reintroduced Saturday at 7:00 p.m. when the Cleveland Gladiators (2-1) meet the Philadelphia Soul (3-0). The Gladiators and Soul played three times in all last season, including a first round playoff matchup, and the Gladiators won each game in last-second, buzzer-beating fashion. The last time Philadelphia beat the Gladiators was June 29, 2013; a 66-57 win for the Soul. The Gladiators are coming off a 49-41 home loss to Arizona, while Philadelphia topped Jacksonville at home last week 63-52.
LAST TIME OUT Arizona never trailed against the Gladiators last week, but the Gladiators kept the game to within one score and had a chance to tie the game on the final drive before ultimately falling 49-41 to the three-time defending ArenaBowl Champion Rattlers. Dominick Goodman led the way for the Gladiators offense, hauling in three of Shane Austin’s four touchdown passes. Dominick Jones led the Gladiators in tackles with eight, while Terrance Sanders had a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown in just his second game with the team. The Gladiators are winless in four all-time meetings against Arizona.
WHO TO WATCH: GLADIATORS Goodman has 10 touchdown catches on the season, and was also instrumental in the Gladiators three victories over Philadelphia last season. Goodman averaged nine receptions per game in three games against the Soul in 2014, including a playoff win. In week 15, Goodman caught 10 passes and had three receiving touchdowns, including a game-winning touchdown grab as time expired.
WHO TO WATCH: SOUL Philadelphia has won each of their three games by double-digit points this season, and receiver Ryan McDaniel has been a key factor in the Soul offense. McDaniel has more experience working alongside Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh than the rest of the Philadelphia wide receivers. McDaniel has 10 touchdown catches through three games, and had a season-high five touchdown catches to go along with his 133 receiving yards last week.
TUNE IN Catch all of Saturday’s action, live from Philadelphia, beginning at 7:00 p.m. on 92.3 The Fan and ESPN 2.