The Rumble look to defend their home turf Saturday at 7:00 PM and pick up what has become a must-win game against the undefeated Boston Whitecaps.
The two teams last met in Boston just two weeks ago, with the Whitecaps coming away with a 19-16 victory. In that game, the Rumble took advantage of deep hucks in the first half, which helped open the under and break side cutting lanes. Although the Rumble went on a scoring run late in the second half, they were unable to close out the game as the Whitecaps ran out the clock to secure the win.
Since the Rumble lost another close contest with the Philadelphia Spinners last week, they are determined as ever to shed their reputation as an “almost” team. “The Rumble have gotten visibly stronger every game. Defeating a perfect-record Boston is key to proving that the acceleration of this team doesn’t stop here,” said Rumble GM Michelle Kondracki.
The key to beating the Whitecaps this week will be containing Boston offensive cutter Jeff Graham. Graham has had a great start to the season, filling up the stat sheet the first two games. Look for Rumble defensive cutter Joe “Smash” Anderson to play hard, physical defense on Graham, forcing the Whitecaps to rely on their supporting cast.
The Rumble will also look to 2007 Callahan winner Dan Heijmen to lead the offense. Though Heijmen played in the first game against the Whitecaps, he was ill and did not have the impact on the game that he might have wanted. Heijmen will try to take advantage of a Boston defense that has been allowing downfield throws that have kept games close.
The Rumble will provide a $5.00 fan bus directly to the stadium leaving at 6:00 PM from 37th and 9th avenue. Ride back for free!