Kansas City Brigade at Soul
Records: Kansas City 4-4;
When: Tomorrow, 7 p.m.
Where: Wachovia Center
Line: Soul by 3
Radio: WPEN (950-AM)
All-time series: The Soul set a team record for fewest points allowed when it beat Kansas City last year, 54-24. That's the only time the teams have met.
What's at stake: For the first time in a month, the Soul is not playing one of the league's elite teams. Philadelphia needs a win here.
About the Soul: Juston Wood will be the starting quarterback the next 2 weeks while Tony Graziani recovers from a separated shoulder. Wood has some real talent, but sometimes gets bit by the turnover bug. Clint Stoerner, the AFL/NFL veteran who started the first game after Graziani went down, was waived. Former New York Dragon Leon Murray was signed and will back up Wood . . . Wide receiver Sean Scott and defensive back Mike Brown did not practice yesterday and both are unlikely to play.
About Kansas City: The Brigade has lost two straight. It has one of the top defenses in the AFL, leading the league in fewest total yards allowed and fewest passing yards allowed. Diminutive defensive back Isaiah Trufant (5-7) leads all rookies with 15 passes defended.
Roster shuffle: In addition to the quarterback moves, Philadelphia signed defenive lineman Delbert Cowsette and waived wide receiver Steve Gonzalez.
Poll position: The Soul is down to 11th (out of 19) in the weekly writers' poll. Kansas City is ninth.
Up next: New York visits the Wachovia Center for the second of a three-game homestand on Monday, May 14.
- Ed Barkowitz