The Eagles try to extend three streaks Saturday when they face Canada at Papa Murphy’s Park in Sacramento, Calif. They’re also trying to move to 2-0 in the Americas Rugby Championship and defend a title.
Bonney Field, now Papa Murphy’s Park, was opened in 2014. Since then, the Eagles have played there three times, winning on all three occasions, beating Canada 38-35 in 2014, Japan 23-18 in 2015,... Read More
USA Rugby confirmed the long-rumored match against Scotland set for BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas June 16th. It also confirmed the second half of the June tests would be held at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Denver June 9th, with the opponent to be named later.
Both stadiums have hosted USA Rugby tests before, with Dick's hosting the Eagles during the 2009 Churchill Cup. BBVA has hosted... Read More
Below are some figures from the first round of the Americas Rugby Championship. What I expect to do throughout the tournament is provide tournament-wide information while looking at everything through an USA Eagle-centric perspective.
Here is the table after the first round.
I was confident that the try-fest that was the 2017 ARC for the USA Eagles and Argentina XV would continue--the... Read More
Great win. In nearly 30 years of playing the Argentines, the Pumas and versions of either the Jaguars or XV, American teams were winless, until the Eagles took down the Argentina XV Saturday at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. That’s a big deal to be celebrated.
It’s also notable it happened in the first match under new head coach Gary Gold, whose fingerprints were already in the win.
Two years... Read More
The USA capped off an impressive day two at the Hamilton 7s with a 31-12 victory over Argentina. After disappointingly missing out on the cup quarters, the Eagles salvaged eight points in the series standings by winning the Challenge Trophy.
The opening kickoff from Folau Niua went unclaimed thanks to great aerial pressure and the ball bounced through a set of Argentina hands causing a chaotic... Read More
The defending Americas Rugby Championship titleists rallied to beat Argentina XV 17-10 Saturday at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. in dramatic fashion. The win makes the Eagles 1-0 and delivers them their first-ever ARC victory over the Argentines. The first two years of the competition, they drew. The win also makes the team 1-0 under new head coach Gary Gold.
The Eagles made the game’s first... Read More
The Eagles downed Papua New Guinea 42-12 in the semifinals of the Challenge Cup at Hamilton 7s. The United States power and pace proved too much for the tournament debutants.
The United States looked to get on the board first, despite going backwards for the first couple of minutes. The Eagles worked left to right and Maka Unufe cut back inside alluding several defenders in the process. He... Read More
The United States defeated Spain 29-12 in the quarterfinals of the Challenge Cup at the Hamilton 7s. Perry Baker once again led the way with a pair of tries and the offense was explosive throughout the game.
The United States took a quick tap after a short kickoff but the Eagles knocked the ball on. Spain looked to have the first score after a break through but Baker blocked a pass and earned a... Read More
With Martin Iosefo lost to an injury suffered against Samoa, compounding the absence of Stephen Tomasin and Madison Hughes, the Eagles tied Kenya in the pool finale, 19-19. The result was a 1-1-1 Pool D record for the Eagles, pushing them into the bottom eight for day two.
Kenya raced out to a 19-0 advantage, and the Eagles stormed back to draw level, but ran out of time and steam to finish the... Read More
Team USA fell to Samoa, 14-10, Friday in Hamilton, NZ. The Eagles overcame a first-half shutout to claim a 10-7 lead, but Samoa would snatch the result at the death. The loss makes the Eagles 1-1 heading into the all-important pool finale against Kenya.
The first half was a defensive clinic. The United States managed to turn Samoa away five times, and Samoa turned the USA over seven times. Samoa’... Read More