PHILADELPHIA PHOENIX CLINCH PLAYOFF SPOT FOR FIRST TIME IN NINE YEARS
PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia Phoenix, Philly’s only professional ultimate frisbee team, have clinched a spot in the American Ultimate Disc League playoffs for the first time since 2013. A 25-23 victory against the Toronto Rush north of the border coupled with an Ottawa loss handed the Phoenix the final wild card spot in the AUDL’s East Division.
They will head to the nation's capital for their third matchup of the season against the D.C. Breeze at Catholic University’s Carlini Field on August 13. The Breeze won the first two contests this season on the final play of the game, so the game is expected to be a classic.
Under first-year head coach Roger Chu and assistant coach Tom Glass, the Phoenix started 0-3, but went 5-2 over their last 7 games to secure the playoff spot.
"I'm extremely proud of the team and their determination,” Chu said. “Throughout the season, regardless of wins or losses, the team has stayed focused on putting in the work to improve week in and week out. Their focus and drive and commitment to playing for each other has earned them their well deserved spot in the playoffs. We're looking forward to continuing to push ourselves against New York and Ottawa to finish out the regular season and against D.C. in the playoffs."
The Phoenix have two more regular season games left, both at their home field. They’ll try to put a stop to New York’s undefeated season as they take on the rival Empire on July 22 at 7 p.m. ET at the South Philadelphia Supersite. The regular season will conclude with a fan appreciation night against the Ottawa Outlaws on July 30 at 6 p.m. ET.
Fans should check theaudl.com/phoenix for more information on tickets to the final two home games and for the playoff game in DC.
The Philadelphia Phoenix is a professional ultimate team and member of the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL); the premier professional ultimate league in North America, with 25 teams across the United States and Canada. The Philadelphia franchise was founded in 2013. The team plays their home games at the South Philadelphia Supersite.