After losing a close game to the Whitecaps 16-19 last weekend, the Rumble have worked all week to prepare for their rematch with the Philly Spinners this Saturday at 7 pm at Roosevelt Stadium.
The two teams first met in the Rumble’s only preseason game in Randolph, NJ, which saw the Spinners win handily 27-14. This will be the Rumble’s first true home game as the preseason game was at a neutral site, and a massive, loud home crowd could very well be a crucial factor in the game.
The Rumble are coming off a big moral victory, losing a close game against the Boston Whitecaps in their season opener. Despite losing, the coaching staff was proud of the team’s showing against Boston, and believes they will use it to build on to become even stronger moving forward. “We are only going to get stronger, every quarter, every game, and I think the second half showed that,” said Assistant Coach Anthony Nuñez.
That being said, the Spinners haven’t lost a game since June 2012 and were mentally tested in their opening game against the DC Current, pulling out a gutsy 18-16 road win in front of a hostile DC crowd. While it may seem like there is no better prepared team to come into New York to face the Rumble at home, this could also be a classic trap game for the Spinners.
The first game against the Spinners saw a depleted Rumble roster with only 15 players traveling, where they ran out of gas after a strong first quarter lead. The Rumble also has two games under their belt now and plenty of game footage to work with. Expect Coach Q to have a thorough game plan for Saturday’s match-up.
For only being the second game of the season, this is a must-win for the Rumble if they are to keep their conference championship hopes alive. Looking for a signature win at home to enter the Eastern Conference conversation, this is sure to be a hard-fought game that will go down to the wire.
Come out to Roosevelt Stadium to show your Rumble pride!