Six members of the Soul chosen for AFL China game
UPDATE: Derrick Ross, Tiger Jones and Christian Johnson were selected to the teams because they were either not cleared from treatment or did not pass exit physicals. Both of which were requirements to be selected to the squad.
AFL China announced via a press release the rosters for its exhibition games that are scheduled to take place in Honolulu, Hawaii and Beijing, China on Nov. 2 and Nov. 10 respectively.
According to the release, the rosters are made up of Arena Football League all-stars that were selected by fan vote and players who participated in the inaugural AFL China tryouts that were held earlier this year in Honolulu.
The AFL all-stars are currently on AFL rosters that were provided by the league office.
The players were also selected based upon “mandatory requirements” such as having proper passport and visa paperwork.
Representing the Philadelphia Soul will be quarterback Dan Raudabaugh, defensive back Rayshaun Kizer, defensive lineman Bryan Robinson, Jack linebacker Joe Goosby, defensive back LaRico Stevenson and offensive lineman Brennen Carvalho. Soul head coach Clint Dolezel will be at the helm.
Notably missing from the roster was Soul fullback Derrick Ross, wide receiver Tiger Jones and offensive lineman Christian Johnson.
Ross is regarded as the best fullback in the AFL today and Jones gained more than 2,000 receiving yards for the third season in a row. Johnson was named to the 2013 All-Arena team.
The only feasible reason that they were left off was because of failure to meet the passport and visa requirements, but that has not been confirmed.
Another thing of note is that the teams are not the American and National Conferences of the AFL. Instead, they are being called the East and the West.
The difference is seemingly in name only as the East consists of American Conference players and the West consists of National Conference players.
“We are proud to unveil this historic group of athletes and coaches to demonstrate the sport of Arena Football to the world,” AFL China president David Niu said in the release. “These games will go down in history as the beginning of something special and bringing the game of Arena Football to China.”