Team USA ended its Olympic campaign with a 24-12 win over Spain Thursday, claiming ninth place. The result sees the USA finish with a 3-2 record with two wins over Brazil, the defeat of Spain and losses to Fiji and Argentina.
Spain struck first through Pable Fontes. Spain controlled possession early, and a bevy of penalties marched the USA back to its own try line before Fontes scored from short... Read More
With a 24-12 win over Brazil in the first round of the 9th-12th playoff, Team USA will face off against Spain at 12:00 p.m. ET Thursday for the right to be called the best team that didn’t make the quarterfinals. Spain beat Kenya in the other bottom-four playoff, 14-12.
Brazil scored first in the contest, with Daniel Sancery taking a backhanded offload from Moises Duque. Duque shoved off a tackle... Read More
Team USA’s quest for a medal ended Wednesday with a 24-19 defeat at the hands of Fiji. The result dropped the Americans to 1-2 at the end of pool play with an insufficient point differential to advance. Coming into the match, the USA needed to win, tie or lose by three or less to move on. They fell two points short.
The United States got on the front foot early, but the drive was ended by a bad... Read More
Day one was a mixed bag for Team USA. The Eagles didn’t play well against Argentina, but they nearly won anyway. They shuffled the lineup against Brazil, and though there was a slow start, they got exactly the kind of dominant shutout win they needed.
For head man Mike Friday, Tuesday was a roller coaster of emotions.
“Nerve racking, exciting, anxiety. As you can see, it’s a wild tournament. You... Read More
Phew, that was a roller coaster! Now what does it mean for the USA’s medal chances? World Rugby has you covered with the standings, but we'll look at the knockout scenarios from an American perspective.
Let’s start with the the possibilities of Pool A. If the USA beats Fiji and Argentina beats Brazil, it’ll be a three-way tie between Fiji, America and Argentina, all of whom would be 2-1... Read More
With newfound purpose and determination, USA shutout Brazil, 26-0, to pull to 1-1 in Pool A on Tuesday in Rio. Nate Ebner and Ben Pinkleman took over the match with great performances, and Carlin Isles scored a try on his first touch of the tournament.
USA kicked off to Brazil, and the hosts worked the middle of field retaining the majority of the early possession. After a USA penalty, the Eagles... Read More
Team USA, the defending Olympic champions from 1920 and 1924, opened their account in Rio with a 17-14 loss to Argentina Tuesday. Using a stifling defense, Argentina built a 12-0 lead before the USA could get any offense going. After a series of yellow cards by the Pumas, the Eagles stormed back to take the lead with two tries in the second half. With less than a minute left, a string of miscues... Read More
There are 12 teams split across three pools. The top two teams in each pool advance to the quarterfinals, along with two of the three third-place teams. How are places determined?
There is a simple point structure in place – 3 for a win, 2 for a tie, and 1 for any loss. Unlike in 15s, there are no bonus points of any kind. If you lose by 100 or 1, you still get 1 point. If you score 96 tries or 2... Read More
What an incredible three days that was. The hours, days and weeks of anticipation leading up to Saturday’s first kickoff seemed more like months, years and decades, but the games themselves zipped by at the speed of light. At the end of it, Team USA’s women finished 3-2-1 and in fifth place.
A medal was the goal, but the women who poured it on the line have to walk away with their heads high.... Read More