With four regular-season games remaining, the Soul can clinch a playoff berth by defeating the Kansas City Brigade tonight at the Wachovia Center.
"We're in a good position, but we still have to stay on course and continue to win games, get better, and stay healthy," Soul coach Bret Munsey said, referring to his six players on the injury list, including starting quarterback Tony Graziani.
The Soul (10-2) are coming off a 51-43 victory over the Columbus Destroyers on Saturday. Kansas City is just 2-9.
The teams split their only two previous meetings, with the Brigade taking a 53-41 win over the host Soul last season. In 2006, the Soul won, 54-24, in Kansas City.
Last week, Kansas City went down, 58-51, when the visiting Orlando Predators scored with four seconds left to play.
"Playing at home helps, especially when you're banged up," Munsey said. "Coming to the Wachovia Center and our fans gave us a boost. We were down and out last week because we had dropped two in a row. It was a feeling we didn't like."
After facing Kansas City, the Soul will enjoy a bye week before traveling to Dallas to meet the Desperados (9-2) in a key game on June 7. Because of the Soul's 57-28 victory over visiting Dallas on April 28, they own the tiebreaker, as both teams are 4-1 in the division.
Dallas fell out of first place on Saturday, when it dropped a 55-54 decision to the Arizona Rattlers.
"We're trying to get to 11-2," Munsey said. "We are stressing as a coaching staff to find a way to win the next four games."
After Soul management decided last week to move tonight's game from the team's regular home field at the Wachovia Spectrum to the Wachovia Center, different tickets were sent out to fans and groups who were to attend the game at the former site.
Only tickets to the Wachovia Center will be honored tonight. Replacement tickets can be secured by calling Soul offices at 1-888-PHIL-AFL or 215-636-0421.
The first hour of owner Bon Jovi's concert from Germany will be played on tape delay at the end of tonight's game, about 11:15 p.m. The concert from Veltsin Stadium in Gelsinkirchen, Germany, will start at 8 p.m. (2 p.m. Philadelphia time).
"We are excited to try this and see what the final product will be," Soul general manager Rich Lisk said. "The turnover time from the concert to the approximate start time is a narrow window. Barring any setbacks with technology, this should be a great experience for Soul and Bon Jovi fans."