The morning after the USA Eagles lost to the New Zealand Maori 54-7 in Chicago, I had a conversation with someone from World Rugby. He wondered how much good a big loss like that does for the Eagles and rugby in America. I was reminded of that conversation by my brother Ethan’s reaction to the recent loss to Ireland. We discuss the match in the latest episode of The Carter Divide.
The episode is... Read More
Heading into USA v Ireland at Red Bull Arena on Saturday, I rationally knew that there was little chance of an American win. However, having looked closely at some specific areas of the Eagles’ recent performances, there were things I was focused on as gauges for the USA performance. There was a part of me on Saturday that did not understand what I was seeing. In two areas of play I’ve paid... Read More
The USA Eagles have chance to defeat Ireland when they play on June 10, even if a slim chance. There are some positive signs for a potential upset. The last time the two sides met, the match was a closely contested 15-12 in Houston. It is a Lions’ year, so Ireland is forced to travel without several key players. And, most importantly, the Eagles won the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship, and that... Read More
Chicago is the city of Lovable Winners this week as Ireland defeats New Zealand for the first time since they started playing each other in 1905.
As Ireland started well against New Zealand and then kept the lead at Soldier Field, the first 50 minutes were surprise, followed by delight, followed by optimism.
Then New Zealand narrowed the gap, and anxiety and tension wandered into the stadium.... Read More
This morning, I went to the Ireland captain’s run at Soldier Field and then walked down to the Irish team hotel. It took me a while, in part because of the swelling crowds for the Cubs rally.
During the walk, for the entirety of the walk, there seemed to be someone in Cubs gear in sight.
The last time I was in Chicago, it was on match day for USA v New Zealand. Walking down Michigan Avenue toward... Read More