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Matt D'Orazio     

QB
Born: October 1, 1976
Hometown: Columbus, OH
6' 4", 230
College: Otterbein College (OH)

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Soul begin 10th season celebration with alumni player reunion at home opener
Philadelphia Soul Press Release
The Philadelphia Soul kicked off their 10th season of football on Sunday with a thrilling 70 – 63 road victory over the Orlando Predators. The Soul will begin the celebration of their 10th season at their home opener on Sunday, April 12. Kickoff is at 4pm.

Top 25 QBs in AFL history: NO. 1-5
AFL Press Release
Completing its countdown of the 25 Greatest Quarterbacks in AFL History, the Silver Anniversary Committee has announced the five greatest quarterbacks in Arena Football history.

QB steps out into sunshine after years working indoors
Calgary Herald
Over the past nine years, he has headlined in more Arenas than Springsteen and the E Street Band. Milwaukee. New Jersey. Roanoake. Rochester. Buffalo. Columbus. Chicago. Philadelphia.

"Rookie" QB brings resume
SLAM! Sports

Locker Room Blog - D'Orazio: Taking it outside
Matt D'Orazio, Stampeders.com
When the Arena Football League officially announced it was suspending operations, I knew it was time to start looking for a job elsewhere.

AFL free-agency period begins Oct. 15
MLive.com
The free-agency signing period for the upcoming 2009 Arena Football League season is scheduled to kick off Oct. 15, the league announced today.

Soul don't hike prices
Gloucester County Times - NJ.com
The Arena Football League's top team, fresh off its ArenaBowl XXII victory July 27 in New Orleans and championship rally in Philly a week ago, announced that it will not raise ticket prices for the 2009 season.

Soul of the party: Philadelphia celebrates Arena Football League title
Philadelphia Daily News
The city made no official estimate of the crowd, but one high-ranking police official told a member of the Soul's front office there were approximately 10,000 fans and onlookers lined along Market Street and gathered with the team at City Hall's Dilworth Plaza.

Breaking it Down - ArenaBowl XXII edition
Andy Lopusnak, ArenaFan.com
In the season finale of Breaking it Down, the world’s longest named championship, the Virgin Mobile ArenaBowl XXII New Orleans, will be broken down statistically and historically like no where else but right here on ArenaFan.com.

Soul are savoring championship feeling
The Delaware County Times
Prior to Sunday, both Chris Jackson and Matt D'Orazio had Arena Bowl experience. Jackson's experience came in 2005, when he and the Georgia Force lost to the Colorado Crush in a nail-biter. D'Orazio made out better in his first crack at Arena Football glory.

Soul's win a bit too dramatic
Philadelphia Inquirer
When Soul owner Jon Bon Jovi left his seat Sunday to head down to his team's locker room and celebrate the franchise's first ArenaBowl title, it was before the San Jose SaberCats scored 14 points in 11 seconds to suddenly put the outcome of the game in doubt.

With D'Orazio the MVP and starting QB, Graziani will move on
Philadelphia Daily News
When the Soul signed Tony Graziani in 2005, they not only made him their highest-paid player, but also the face of the franchise.

Championship repeat falls just out of reach
San Jose Mercury News
Philadelphia held off a late SaberCats surge to claim a 59-56 victory Sunday in ArenaBowl XXII, denying San Jose's bid for a second consecutive championship before 17,244 fans at the New Orleans Arena.

Arena Bowl XXII: Philly's Got Soul and the Streak Is Over!
Bleacher Report
The Phillies couldn't do it last September. The Flyers couldn't do it this summer. The Sixers couldn't quite get it done this postseason. But thanks to Jon Bon Jovi and Ron "Jaws" Jaworski, the City of Brotherly Love can finally sing "We Are the Champions!"

Ex-Rush QB back in big way, in big game
Chicago Tribune
"I'd be lying to you if I said I wasn't a little bit hurt [when released]," said D'Orazio, who quarterbacked the Rush to a 2006 ArenaBowl title. "I thought for sure I was going back to Chicago and was working on my rehab when I got the news."

Philadelphia Soul seeking championship today
Philadelphia Inquirer
The Soul claimed a 58-57 victory after SaberCats kicker A.J. Haglund missed a 48-yard field goal as time ran out. The Soul, who trailed by 33-14 at intermission, went up for good on a two-point conversion run by Clifton Smith with 10 seconds to play.

Soul ready to bring a trophy home
Cherry Hill Courier Post
The Soul will take on the San Jose SaberCats at 3 p.m. today in the Virgin Mobile ArenaBowl XXII, an matchup that pins the top two teams against each other in what could be a no holds barred dogfight for the title.

Soul Hold On To Win First ArenaBowl, 59-56
MyFox Philadelphia
Matt D'Orazio threw seven touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead the Philadelphia Soul to their first ArenaBowl victory, beating defending AFL champion San Jose 59-56 on Sunday.

Soul wins ArenaBowl
Philadelphia Inquirer
But in a game in which touchdowns come one after another and the points usually keep piling up, it was not that easy for the Soul. Before they could finally claim a 59-56 victory over the San Jose SaberCats, the Soul had to sweat it out after the defending champions erased all but three points of a 17-point deficit.

The New Soul of Philadelphia
Yardbarker
Move over Eagles, the Philadelphia Soul are the hottest football team in Philly, and the newest city champs, having won ArenaBowl 22 Sunday. The Soul beat the reigning champion San Jose SaberCats 59-56 in their first ArenaBowl, withstanding a tense late 4th quarter comeback by San Jose.

CSU Buc Helps Soul Win Arena Bowl
WCBD
Former CSU Buc Mike Brown Played Kick Return for the Soul.

All the Wright moves
Bakersfield Californian (subscription)
Bakersfield native Rodney Wright is one day away from playing in Virgin Mobile Arena-Bowl XXII, making the championship game for the second year in a row.

Jackson has given Soul push forward
Cherry Hill Courier Post
After disappointing exits from the Arena Football League playoffs in 2006 and 2007, the Philadelphia Soul acknowledged they needed to sign a big-name player. Enter receiver Chris Jackson.

No love for champs?
Andy Lopusnak, ArenaFan.com
The San Jose SaberCats are on the precipice of the league’s third great dynasty, yet many so-called experts and prognosticators are saying that the Philadelphia Soul, a team with just one player that has won a championship ring, will take down the defending champs tomorrow in ArenaBowl XXII.

Brackins in Arena Bowl
Picayune Item
Larry Brackins won a national junior college football championship with Pearl River Community College four years ago.

Healed D'Orazio is Soul's new star
Chicago Tribune
After the Rush released him last November because it was uncertain about his recovery from back surgery, the 31-year-old quarterback found new life in Philadelphia.

Backup QB has elevated Soul
The Bridgeton News - NJ.com
No one is more surprised to be playing a leading role in Philadelphia's storybook season than All-Arena Football League quarterback Matt D'Orazio.

QB D'Orazio uses his heart in leading Soul
Cherry Hill Courier Post
He would sit behind talented starter Tony Graziani, destined to be a backup. D'Orazio understood his position and was grateful for the opportunity.

Arena football not in Philadelphia area's Soul yet
phillyBurbs.com
Champs Sports is supposed to be the official supplier of Soul merchandise. Good luck finding a D'Orazio jersey, though, or much else, since several Champs contacted hadn't received a fresh batch of Soul merchandise since the season began.

THE BIG-ISH GAME
ESPN Magazine
Despite months of fanfare, there's a good chance the ArenaBowl has snuck up on you.

Rush reject turns into Soul survivor
The Times-Picayune - NOLA.com
Shown the door by Chicago after undergoing back surgery last year, just one season after leading the Rush to victory in ArenaBowl XX, D'Orazio signed with Philadelphia in November to back up veteran starter Tony Graziani.

Soul land in New Orleans, await ArenaBowl
Cherry Hill Courier Post
The Philadelphia Soul touched down on Louisiana soil Wednesday night, marking their official arrival to the city of New Orleans and premier appearance at the ArenaBowl. As the players stepped down from the bus to enter the hotel lobby there was a definite sense of excitement and an overhanging sigh of relief.

Philly's heart and Soul
phillyBurbs.com
Egos are not so enormous in the Arena Football League, where the handful of high salaries are around the NFL minimum, but Morrisville native Chris Jackson could have brought a disruptive big head to Philadelphia if he had chosen.

Soul, D'Orazio look to dethrone SaberCats in championship
USA Today
Philadelphia Soul quarterback Tony Graziani was supposed to be the one to lead the franchise to its first-ever title after guiding the team to the Arena Football League playoffs in 2006 and 2007.

Lafayette grad enjoying ArenaBowl ride with Soul
Daily Press
Count Connor Hughes as a convert — a traditionalist who has embraced indoor contact with padded barriers, and high-scoring entertainment viewed by frenzied fans practically close enough to touch the action.

Graveyard Showdown
bestofneworleans.com
Philadelphia is only a 5-year-old franchise but its public profile is greater than some of its more seasoned counterparts. For starters, the Soul has a rock star for an owner. No, really, a legitimate rock star — Jon Bon Jovi is a co-majority owner of the team.

Graziani says watching isn't easy
Philadelphia Inquirer
Now, as the Soul prepare for their first-ever ArenaBowl next Sunday, Graziani is on the bench, the backup to Matt D'Orazio. While Graziani missed time this season, D'Orazio emerged as the league's top-rated passer.

Soul roll toward goal
Cherry Hill Courier Post
No one could blame Philadelphia Soul players, coaches and management for breaking into a joyful celebration last week when the team defeated Cleveland and earned its way into the ArenaBowl.

D'Orazio is no stranger to ArenaBowl
Cherry Hill Courier Post
Since he first took over as the starting quarterback of the Philadelphia Soul for then-injured Tony Graziani during Week 3 of the Arena Football League season, Matt D'Orazio has been the talk of the league.

Philadelphia's Matt D'Orazio named Champs Sports Quarterback of the Year
AFL Press Release
Philadelphia Soul QB MATT D’ORAZIO (6-4, 230, Otterbein) was selected as the 2008 Champs Sports Quarterback of the Year as voted by AFL head coaches, fans, players and the Arena Football League Writers Association, the League announced today.

D'Orazio named Champs Quarterback of the Year
Philadelphia Soul Press Release
Philadelphia Soul quarterback Matt D’Orazio was selected as the 2008 AFL Champs Quarterback of the Year as voted by AFL head coaches, fans, players and the Arena Football League Writer’s Association, the league announced today.

Soul, SaberCats prep for AFL showdown
Cherry Hill Courier Post
When the Soul and the San Jose SaberCats last met, the teams produced a game Arena Football League fans won't soon forget.

Soul Owner Enjoying Team's Success
Comcast SportsNet
The rocker's Arena Football League team keeps on going. Up ahead for the Philadelphia Soul -- the San Jose Sabercats in the ArenaBowl XXII in New Orleans. Bon Jovi will be there, but he'll leave his guitar and his greatest hits behind.

Philadelphia's D'Orazio, San Jose's Smith and Geathers earn conference championship honors
AFL Press Release
Philadelphia Soul QB MATT D’ORAZIO, San Jose SaberCats DB OMARR SMITH and WR/LB JASON GEATHERS have been named Offensive Player, ADT Defensive Player, and Ironman of the Week, respectively, for the Conference Championship Round of the 2008 playoffs.

Jaworski hopes area fans embrace Soul's title chase
Cherry Hill Courier Post
So even though Jaworski is hoping area fans will jump on the bandwagon for the Soul, the newly crowned National Conference champions of the Arena Football League, the team president knows he may have a tough sell.

No typical day for Philadelphia Soul quarterback D'Orazio
Philadelphia Daily News
cal day for Philadelphia Soul quarterback D'OrazioPhiladelphia Daily News, PA - 36 minutes agoAttentive father, devout Christian and Arena Football League Player of the Year . . . hard to make a guy like that look bad. *

Breaking it Down - Conference Finals edition
Andy Lopusnak, ArenaFan.com
After a wild and wacky postseason, the team with the best overall record in the league, the Philadelphia Soul, will be taking on the defending ArenaBowl champions, the San Jose SaberCats, for this year’s ArenaBowl championship righting all the wrongs of letting three 6-10 teams into the playoffs – all is right in the AFL world.

Rampage notes: Lineman's pick leads to TD
MLive.com
On the San Jose SaberCats' first play from scrimmage Saturday, San Jose quarterback Mark Grieb was intercepted by Grand Rapids Rampage defensive back Ahmad Hawkins.

SaberCats get chance to defend title
San Francisco Chronicle
Mark Grieb and the defending champion SaberCats are back in the Arena Bowl, and the Rampage's playoff run is over.

Soul reach ArenaBowl with rout of Cleveland
Blinq
As the crowd of 13,389 celebrated, players hugged fans, laughed, and even drenched coach Bret Munsey with a cooler of Powerade to celebrate the biggest victory of the five-year-old franchise.

Soul punch ticket to ArenaBowl
Cherry Hill Courier Post
That championship fever is back in Philadelphia, and championship-starved local sports fans can thank the Philadelphia Soul defense for this latest revival.

Win sends Soul to ArenaBowl
Philadelphia Inquirer
The Soul (15-3), who set a postseason franchise record for points, will face defending champion San Jose in ArenaBowl XXII on July 27 in New Orleans. The SaberCats defeated the Grand Rapids Rampage, 81-55, Saturday for the American Conference title.

Soul trying to punch ticket to Arena Bowl
The Delaware County Times
Now, it's Cleveland that again has the chance to take the Soul down a peg after their latest noise-making win. This time, a defeat would also take the Soul off the board as the favorite to win the Arena Bowl and send them home after season that will have included nearly everything but a title.

Gladiators must find internal road warrior
The Morning Journal
With barely enough time to unpack, practice a couple of times, go over the game plan and get back on a plane, Cleveland returns to the turf this afternoon, taking on host Philadelphia at the Wachovia Center in the National Conference Championship Game.

Soul must control ball to reach final
Cherry Hill Courier Post
With their title hopes on the line, the Philadelphia Soul will meet a familiar -- and perhaps their most difficult -- opponent this afternoon in the Cleveland Gladiators.

Bourbon St. special: Bowl of Soul
Delaware County Daily Times
Saturday, there was no clunk. It was replaced by a thump - the sound of the Soul pounding on the Cleveland Gladiators.

Soul is serious about enjoying playoff run
Philadelphia Daily News
"From Day 1, we knew on paper that we were a championship-caliber team," Soul wideout Chris Jackson said. "And as the season started to unfold, we realize that we had the talent not just on paper, but that we were the best team in Arena Football."

Soul ready for semis after 'lucky' AFL playoff survival
USA Today
The Cleveland Gladiators and Philadelphia Soul split a pair of games during the regular season. Their third matchup has championship ramifications.

Soul's D'Orazio named AFLWA Player of the Year
MLive.com
Philadelphia Soul quarterback Matt D'Orazio has been named the Arena Football League Writers Association Player of the Year.

QB D'Orazio Puts His Heart And Soul Into Team
Evening Bulletin
Spying wide receiver and Bristol native Chris Jackson sitting on some bleachers talking to a reporter, D'Orazio, who already had two other Philadelphia Soul teammates with him, wondered aloud if his favorite target had a way to get to the film session across town.

Elyria's D'Orazio poses big hurdle for Gladiators
The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com
If the Gladiators want to get to ArenaBowl XXII, they will have to go through Elyria native Matt D'Orazio.

Soul wins conference championship, advances in AFL playoffs
Philadelphia Daily News
But the 16,102 on hand can attest that the win was definitely by the hair of their chiy chin-chin. Soul quarterback Matt D'Orazio found wideout Larry Brackins on a 28-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown in the closing seconds of the divisional playoff game against New York.

Arena playoffs: Philadelphia 49, New York 48
Dallas Morning News
the final play of the game to give the Philadelphia Soul a 49-48 victory over the New York Dragons in the Arena Football League playoffs Saturday night. ...

Dragons fall to Philly in Arena Football playoffs
Newsday
"It hurts for it to come down to a replay when we clearly had the game in hand with seven seconds left," Dragons coach Weylan Harding said. "Those guys fought. We had a chance to win and we didn't pull it out."

SaberCats advance to conference final
San Jose Mercury News
For the second straight year San Jose opened the playoffs by holding off the Colorado Crush, this time breaking open a close game in the fourth quarter to win 64-51 on Saturday at HP Pavilion.

Soul win thriller on final play
phillyBurbs.com
Brackins on the final play of the game to give the Soul a 49-48 victory over the New York Dragons in the Arena Football League playoffs Saturday night. ...

Soul facing Dragons for AFL title spot
Philadelphia Inquirer
The Soul play the New York Dragons tonight at the Wachovia Center in the second round of the Arena Football League playoffs, hoping that rest from a bye week will prove profitable.

Dragons return to hostile territory with a little fire to face Soul
Delaware County Daily Times
The postseason brings new life. It also can bring a growth in confidence. Such is the case with the New York Dragons.

Soul beats Dragon on last-play TD
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
the final play of the game to give the Philadelphia Soul a 49-48 victory over the New York Dragons in the Arena Football League playoffs Saturday night. ...

Soul win, reach conference title game
Philadelphia Inquirer
On a play that began with 7.1 seconds remaining in the game, Soul quarterback Matt D'Orazio found wide receiver Larry Brackins on a crossing pattern, and the 6-foot-4, 221-pound second-year man barreled toward the end zone and just managed to reach across the goal line.

Soul offense should cause Dragons trouble
Cherry Hill Courier Post
So, are the New York Dragons just one-shot playoff wonders or this season's Cinderella among the Arena Football League's 2008 postseason entries?

Whoah-oh! Bon Jovi's Soul halfway to AFL title
Philadelphia Inquirer
Without plucking a guitar or writing infectious lyrics for a generation of fans to memorize, Jon Bon Jovi has scored himself another No. 1 hit.

Seven Soul players named to All-Arena team
Philadelphia Soul Press Release
Four Soul players were announced to the All-Arena First Team; quarterback Matt D’Orazio, receiver Chris Jackson, and offensive linemen Phil Bogle and Martin Bibla.

Soul clinches division title, homefield advantage for AFL playoffs
Philadelphia Daily News
Fifteen minutes after the Soul had beaten New York, coach Bret Munsey emerged from the locker room soaking wet.

Win in finale would keep Soul at home for the Arena playoffs
Cherry Hill Courier Post
The Soul are approaching the season finale against the New York Dragons at 3 p.m. today in the Nassau Coliseum as if this is a playoff game.

Soul seek 1st Eastern Division championship
Philadelphia Inquirer
When the Soul played the New York Dragons on March 16, quarterback Tony Graziani passed for six touchdowns before suffering a knee injury. Backup Matt D'Orazio came in for him as the Soul went on to a 63-42 win.

Wright's return a pleasant one aside from loss
Gloucester County Times - NJ.com
The trip didn't exactly have the happy ending he was looking for, but Sakeen Wright's first visit to the area as a professional football player was a good one.

My night with the Philadelphia Soul and how I almost blew the game
Bleeding Green Nation
Saturday Night, thanks to the sweet hookup of FrankD over at Pensburgh , I caught my first arena football game. The Philadelphia Soul vs the Cleveland Gladiators.

D'Orazio leads Soul to victory
Cherry Hill Courier Post
back Eddie Moten made an interception on a 2-point conversion attempt to give the Soul a critical Arena Football League victory over Cleveland. ...

D'Orazio, Smith lead Soul past Desperados
Philadelphia Inquirer
Matt D'Orazio's near-perfect effort off the bench is likely to be the one everyone remembers from the Soul's 71-64 win over the Dallas Desperados last night in the Arena Football League.

No replay, no win, but plenty of points
Fort Worth Star Telegram
If the Dallas Desperados were to make the case for instant replay to be a part of Arena Football League regular season, the fourth quarter might have given them some video evidence.

Soul face important test today
Cherry Hill Courier Post
It seems like a long time since the Soul were 9-0 and streaking toward an Eastern Division title in the Arena Football League's National Conference.

Pool of quality QBs running thin
ESPN
GMs looking to the Arena Football League for the next Kurt Warner will have to pick him out of a lineup featuring current AFL passing leaders Matt D'Orazio, Joe Germaine, Russ Michna, Tony Graziani, Chris Greisen, Aaron Garcia, Raymond Philyaw, Matt Nagy, Shane Stafford and, well, best of luck to ya.

Lowly Kansas City drops stumbling Soul
Philadelphia Inquirer
All the Soul needed last night to clinch a spot in the Arena Football League playoffs was a win over the lowly Kansas City Brigade.

Soul see victory slip away to KC
Cherry Hill Courier Post
Given a chance to clinch an Arena Football League playoff berth and enter their bye week on an emotional high, the Soul instead went in the opposite direction.

Soul snaps losing streak, moves into first in AFL Eastern Division
Philadelphia Daily News
A banged-up Soul team managed to get back to winning with a 51-43 victory over the Columbus Destroyers on Saturday night before 18,741 fans at the Wachovia Center.

Jackson shines as Soul rebound
Cherry Hill Courier Post
It was a big night for Soul wide receiver Chris Jackson, who advanced further up the Arena Football League career ladder for touchdown receptions and overall receptions, while helping his team break a two-game losing streak.

Soul search for return to winning ways
Cherry Hill Courier Post
The Soul (9-2) will go into tonight's game against the Columbus Destroyers in the Wachovia Center needing a win to get back on track after losing two straight, including a 63-62 loss to Georgia on Monday.

Soul coughs up late lead in loss to Georgia
Philadelphia Daily News
No lead is safe in the Arena Football League, however. The Soul certainly found that out the hard way last night.

Loss doesn't change postseason goal for the Soul
Cherry Hill Courier Post
"You're always thinking in the back of your mind that maybe we can do it," Soul coach Bret Munsey said of his thoughts about a perfect season leading into the Cleveland game. "But at the same time, you realize it's a pretty tough thing to do."

Soul's Graziani still out a while
Cherry Hill Courier Post
Matt D'Orazio will resume his role as starting quarterback when the Soul visit the Georgia Force Monday night for an Arena Football League game.

Rush rides hot hand
Chicago Tribune
For once, Chicago is the scene of a quarterback shuffle that is ending well. Very well, in fact.

Cleveland hands weary Soul first loss of season
Philadelphia Daily News
Coming off a crucial Eastern Division win over Dallas 4 nights earlier, the Soul was ripe for the picking last night and the Cleveland Gladiators picked. Cleveland scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns and took advantage of a late fumble to hand Philadelphia its first loss, 67-55, in an Arena Football League matchup front of 13,721 fans at Quicken Loans Arena.

Soul's depth a key to staying perfect
Philadelphia Inquirer
The Soul tore apart the Dallas Desperados in every phase of the game Monday, scoring 57 points against the Arena Football League's top-ranked defense and intercepting Dallas quarterback Clint Dolezel four times.

Soul must leap mental barrier in order to stay undefeated
Cherry Hill Courier Post
Tonight, they will face a tough mental challenge. That's because -- with only four days to prepare -- the Soul (9-0) must play the Cleveland Gladiators (4-4) in Cleveland.

Soul, D'Orazio rout Desperados
Cherry Hill Courier Post
Once again the injured Tony Graziani gave way to Matt D'Orazio, who led the team to a 9-0 start with a 57-28 victory over the previously unbeaten Dallas Desperados (7-1) Monday in the Wachovia Spectrum.

Soul sink Desperados in battle of unbeatens
Philadelphia Inquirer
Last night's game between the unbeaten Soul and Dallas Desperados was billed as a Broad Street Brawl.

Soul crushes Desperados in AFL battle of unbeatens
Philadelphia Daily News
It doesn't matter the time of year, if a professional football team comes to this town sporting a big, blue star on its helmets, you're gonna have some excitement.

Soul, Dallas put perfect marks on line in matchup
Cherry Hill Courier Post
When the Soul host the Dallas Desperados at the Wachovia Spectrum at 8 tonight, it will be the first time in league history that two undefeated teams have met this late in the season.

Soul out to win battle of unbeatens
Philadelphia Inquirer
The quarterbacks for the Soul and the Dallas Desperados took some friendly jabs at each other last week during a teleconference in advance of tonight's clash of the Arena Football League's two unbeatens.

AFL brawl: Undefeated Dallas, Philly set to tango
USA Today
Jon Bon Jovi gave the Philadelphia Soul worldwide recognition. Tony Graziani, Matt D'Orazio and Chris "Money" Jackson made them perfect.

Dallas Desperados loses for first time this season
Dallas Morning News
The Desperados' regular-season winning streak came to a screeching halt Monday night as they fell, 57-28, to the Philadelphia Soul in a matchup of Arena Football League unbeatens.

The Soul overruns the Dallas Desperados, 57-28
Dallas Morning News
The Desperados' regular-season winning streak came to a screeching halt Monday night as they fell, 57-28, to the Philadelphia Soul in a matchup of Arena Football League unbeatens.

Dallas gets demolished by Soul
Philadelphia Inquirer
Tonight's game between the unbeaten Soul and Dallas Desperados was billed as a Broad Street Brawl.

Soul still undefeated but Graziani aggravates injury
Philadelphia Daily News
The Soul kept its undefeated record intact with a 76-55 win over the Columbus Destroyers at Nationwide Arena last night in the Arena Football League.

Arena football: Destroyers might want to do some soul-searching
Columbus Dispatch
The Destroyers embraced their nationally televised game last night against the undefeated Philadelphia Soul as an ideal showcase to show that their disappointing record was a fluke.

With Graziani still injured, D'Orazio rallies undefeated Soul
Philadelphia Daily News
It was a game that was slated as the anticipated return of quarterback Tony Graziani. Instead, it ended up being the exclamation point to a month of outstanding play from backup Matt D'Orazio.

Soul stay undefeated with comeback win
Philadelphia Inquirer
Clifton Smith's two-point conversion with 10 seconds remaining Saturday night gave the undefeated Soul a 58-57 comeback win over the San Jose SaberCats in an Arena Football League game at the HP Pavilion.

Hard-luck D'Orazio goes back to bench
Cherry Hill Courier Post
D'Orazio's reward will be a seat on the bench because Graziani is expected to return tonight to lead the 6-0 Soul against the 3-3 San Jose SaberCats. Kickoff is at 10:30 tonight in San Jose, Calif.

Soul finding it can bank on receiver Jackson
Philadelphia Daily News
Soul wideout Chris "Money" Jackson proved he's worth every penny in Saturday's 64-56 victory over Utah at the Wachovia Spectrum.

Soul's defense smothers Utah
Philadelphia Inquirer
Utah has struggled to finish its Arena Football League games this season. The Soul's defense made sure the Blaze never got the chance to redeem their late-game woes last night.

Arena Football League: Winless Blaze keep sliding
Salt Lake Tribune
Blaze coach Danny White quickly diagnosed the play from the three-receiver formation. However, Utah middle linebacker Kelvin Morris wasn't so sure. His indecision led to a touchdown catch by an offensive lineman.

Unbeaten Soul wary of winless Blaze
Philadelphia Inquirer
The 5-0 Soul sit atop the Arena Football League, sharing that coveted perch with the Dallas Desperados. At 0-5, the Utah Blaze are looking up at the league's 16 other teams.

Soul not taking winless Blaze lightly
Cherry Hill Courier Post
The 5-0 Soul will take on the 0-5 Utah Blaze in a 7 p.m. Arena Football League game today at the Wachovia Spectrum, and the records indicate this shouldn't be a very tough game for the home team.

Utah Blaze: Blaze still looking for first victory
Deseret News
On paper it looks as lopsided as can be. The 0-5 Utah Blaze, owners of the worst record in the Arena Football League, facing the hottest team around, the 5-0 Philadelphia Soul.

AFL: Soul stay unbeaten, keep Blaze winless
Salt Lake Tribune
Matt D'Orazio threw six touchdown passes and ran for a score to help the undefeated Philadelphia Soul beat the winless Utah Blaze 64-56 on Saturday night in the Arena Football League.

Soul stay undefeated
Philadelphia Inquirer
Utah has struggled to finish its Arena Football League games this season. The Soul's defense made sure the Blaze never got the chance to overcome their late-game woes tonight.

Soul wants to bring ArenaBowl to Wachovia Center
Philadelphia Daily News
The ownership group of the Soul has talked about bringing a championship to Philadelphia ever since the first padded wall went up at the Wachovia Center.

Soul beat Storm with offense and defense
Philadelphia Inquirer
The Soul's offense has propelled the team all season. That unit didn't falter yesterday against the Tampa Bay Storm, but the defense should be credited for the Soul's 59-51 Arena Football League win at the Wachovia Center.

Rush's Bonner focused on game
Chicago Tribune
Rush quarterback Sherdrick Bonner says there's no emotional tug as he approaches Friday's Arena League home game with Arizona—a team he spent nearly his entire career with.

Jackson has huge game for the Soul
Los Angeles Times
It's not as if the Avengers didn't know what Chris Jackson could do to an opponent. Jackson played for the Avengers for five seasons and caught 157 touchdown passes.

Matt D'Orazio gives the Phila. Soul depth at QB
Philadelphia Inquirer
If the Soul learned one thing last year, it was that it pays to have a quality backup quarterback waiting in the wings.

ArenaFan Interview: QB Matt D'Orazio
Fran Stuchbury, ArenaFan.com
ArenaFan Correspondent Fran Stuchbury spoke to Philadelphia Soul backup QB Matt D’Orazio at Philadelphia Soul media day. D’Orazio last season for the Chicago Rush passed for 3803 yards, 82 TD’s & 10 INT’s. D’Orazio also rushed for 12 TD’s. In 2006 he helped lead the Rush to an ArenaBowl XX Championship.

D'Orazio signs with Soul
Philadelphia Daily News
One of the first things the Soul did this offseason was re-sign star quarterback Tony Graziani. Now the team has solidified his backup with a real good name in Arena Football League circles.