For the second week in a row, Team USA ran into the seemingly unbeatable South Africa in the semifinals. And for the second week in a row, the Blitzbokke held on to win in dramatic fashion. The Eagles have lost to first-place South Africa, winners of four-out-of-five tournaments, five times this season, with the average point differential being 7.6. On three occasions, the games were decided by... Read More
The United States defeated Argentina 14-12 to earn a berth in the Vancouver 7s semifinals. The United States struggled at times throughout the match, but a few key plays propelled the Eagles into their second consecutive semifinals.
As well as yesterday went for the Eagles, the start to the quarterfinal was much rougher. The United States kicked off to open the game and Ben Pinkelmen... Read More
The final pool play match for USA in Vancouver was against Australia to determine the winner of Pool C. For the second tournament in a row, the USA Eagles headed into their third match 2-0 and having already secured a spot in the cup quarterfinals. Unlike against England last weekend, though, the Eagles never let Australia into the match. The final was 29-5, and USA head into the cup... Read More
Head coach Mike Friday couldn't have scripted a better start to the Vancouver 7s Saturday, pounding Japan 52-0. Getting to play Japan in the first round is the payoff for finishing third last week in Las Vegas, and it will serve them well if point differential comes into play, as well as by letting the Eagles get their bearings in a low-pressure match.
Friday was able to empty his bench in the... Read More
For the fourth time in five tournaments, South Africa is the champion. The Blitzbokke finished the weekend 6-0, but it wasn’t easy. They struggled against Wales in the end of pool play and had to grind out three-consecutive one-score wins against Australia, host USA and New Zealand, in the knockout stages.
The win is especially notable because they did it, for the first time this season, without... Read More
USA faced New Zealand in the bronze medal match in Las Vegas in a thriller that ended with the Eagles winning on the final play of the match. The wind introduced an element of chance and chaos to the match, but in the end it was a simple pass to Andrew Durutalo that sealed the bronze medal for the Americans, 19-15.
USA has now won five of the last nine matches against New Zealand.
The wind... Read More
Team USA’s dream of reaching the cup final on home soil will continue to be just that after a 20-17 loss to South Africa Sunday at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. This marks three years in a row the Eagles have bowed out in the semifinals in Sin City and four all-time.
The game started as well as could be expected with the home team jumping out to a 12-0 lead, but South Africa stormed back with... Read More
It was a turbulent day two for the USA Men in Las Vegas. Things looked great for a while, then terrible for a while, and then great again. The day wrapped up on a definite high note as the Eagles headed off to rest and prepare to play South Africa in the cup semi-finals.
In their first match, which was their final pool play match, they gave up a lead against England and lost in the last play of... Read More
The USA men seemed destined to be playing for fifth-place Sunday after conceding a 19-0 second-half deficit, but a remarkable comeback effort, led by reserve center Maka Unufe, resulted in a 21-19 win and a berth into Sunday’s semifinals.
This marks the third year in a row, but only the fourth time in the 14-year history of the USA Sevens, that the Eagles have made the semifinals on home soil.... Read More
Team USA backed up a second-place finish in Sydney with a fourth-place performance in Las Vegas Saturday. The 14 points the Eagles take away from Sin City sees them to sixth in the season standings. Replace the 11th-place showing in the season opener in Dubai, and they’d be much higher.
The quest for the cup in Vegas ended in the semifinals against New Zealand. The Eagles went stride for stride... Read More