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The New York Rumble aim to turn things around as they take on the Philadelphia Spinners at home in Belson Stadium on Sunday, June 14 at 2:00 p.m.
New York is going into this game sitting in last lace at 1-6 after last week’s disappointing loss to the Boston Whitecaps. Though they scored a season-high 24 points, the Rumble couldn’t reel it back from Boston’s early game break, falling to the Whitecaps 24-31. The Spinners are also coming into this game from a loss last week, with the D.C. Current pulling out the overtime win 26-24. With the playoffs seemingly out of reach, the Rumble will play spoiler against the first-place Spinners.
New York and Philadelphia have faced off twice so far this season, losing on both of those occasions. In both games however, Philadelphia had the home field advantage and had the added bonus of having their full squad. The Spinners will be coming to New York this week and the home field advantage may just be what the Rumble need to pull ahead against the Eastern Conference leaders.
While the Rumble have played well against the Spinners at times this season, they are yet to put together a full 40 minutes.
“We’ve been working on our approach to rhythm changes within a game,” said Michael Hennessy. “We have put up really good numbers offensively and defensively in moments, but even when we put up three good quarters like last week in Boston, a slow start to the first quarter or a bad run out of half is a problem. We are ready to put the whole game together and we want some wins down the stretch. Badly.”
Going into this week’s game, the Rumble will have a relatively full squad, but will be without Quinn Hunziker, Chris Wicus, Matthew Weintraub, and Jibran Mieser. With offensive leader Chris Mazur and defensive line cutter Brenton Hard listed as questionable this week, players like Andrew Hollingworth and Albert Alarcon may have to step up to help fill that hole in the Rumble offense.
The Rumble will hope for a repeat performance from offensive cutter Robbie Gillies, who had his way with the Whitecaps last week when he broke the Rumble’s single-game record, coming up with seven goals and one assist.
Tomorrow’s game is Superhero Day! Fans are encouraged to arrive dressed in costume as their favorite superhero for the opportunity to compete in on-field events and win great prizes. Tickets for Sunday’s home game are available on the Rumble TicketLeap page.