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
Barring injury and the use of traveling reserves, only 24 members of Team USA's men's and women's rugby teams will be able to call themselves Olympians. Dozens have been left behind via selections. Men's head coach Mike Friday has made it clear, as have several players, that the teams will be playing for not just themselves, but those who didn't make the team. Really, the honor roll should be... Read More
The women start off Saturday with Fiji at 12:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. This is a massively important match as far as determining the knockout stages go, as these two teams figure to finish second or third. The USA won the last three meetings against Fijiana, beating them in France, Canada and Atlanta. All-time on the Women's World Series, the USA holds a 6-2 record over Fiji.
Recently,... Read More