Breen: I have a chip on my shoulder to get back to the ArenaBowl

This off-season, Shannon Breen made a tough decision. Last year, he was a member of the Cleveland Gladiators, who lost in the ArenaBowl.

Instead of staying with them, he signed with the Philadelphia Soul.

“It was the best fit for me personally,” Breen said. “I am from Maryland and this is close to home. The main thing; however, is the history of winning. That is what really drew me here and the quality of the coaches and players.”

The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats alum signed a one-year deal with the Soul.

He’s considered one of the best offensive linemen in the league. His addition was a huge signing for the team, as it helped protect quarterback Dan Raudabaugh.

Last year, he played in all 21 games with the Gladiators. Cleveland lost to the Arizona Rattlers in the final game of the season last August.

Breen is hoping that he could get back to the ArenaBowl this year. With the way the Soul are playing this year; they have a really good shot at making their third appearance in the Championship game in four years.

“Well, I think it would be big for the City of Philadelphia,” he said. “The way it ended for me last year, I have a big chip on my shoulder and (I) want to get back to that game. I want to win it this year for the Philadelphia Soul, the coaches, and the fans.”

On Saturday night, Breen was a part of the inaugural Boardwalk Bowl in Atlantic City. The Soul defeated the Las Vegas Outlaws, 51-43, in what many hope to be an annual event to help bring tourists to the casino city.

“It was definitely cool playing here,” he mentioned. “It was different, but the fans were great once again. We got the win.”

The Soul are 9-1 on the year, and their only loss came to the Jacksonville Sharks a few weeks ago. There are only eight more weeks left in the regular season.

Of the remaining teams left on their schedule, only the Orlando Predators (6-4) have a winning record. Yet, they haven’t defeated the Soul since 2011.

The Gladiators and the Sharks are next best at .500 at 5-5 records.

“We are taking it one game at a time right now,” he stated. “We’re going to keep working towards getting to the ArenaBowl. Obviously, that is the ultimate goal for us right now. We are taking it week-by-week, trying to win every game we play.”

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