PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Soul will be home again on Sunday as they welcome the Portland Steel to the Center in Arena Football League action.
Philadelphia fell to 1-1 on Monday night with a 59-41 loss to Jacksonville in their home opener. The Soul were really hurt by four turnovers.
“We just didn’t play well, didn’t execute,” Soul head coach Clint Dolezel tells KYW Newsradio. “Timing was off, we didn’t get into a rhythm. There was a lot of things. They’re a good football team, but we self-inflicted a lot of those turnovers. So you play against a good football team, you just can’t do that.”
Listen to the entire interview with Soul head coach Clint Dolezel
Portland is off to an 0-2 start. The Steel got dismantled in their opener by Arizona, 80-28. But last time out they went toe-to-toe with Orlando before losing, 53-50.
“They’re improving,” Dolezel says. “They’re a young team. They got a lot of players late, they got a new head coach late, so they are still trying to figure each other out.”
This will be just the third game of the season, but Philadelphia is dealing with a lot of injuries, so their depth will be tested against Portland.
“We did a good job in the off-season, from GM to myself and our player personnel guy in Lou (Russo) to get good talent in here,” Dolezel says. “We are pretty banged up, we’ll have several key guys out this week and it’s time for those other guys to step up.”
Philadelphia and Portland will kickoff at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday in South Philadelphia.
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