For the first time ever, Team USA is going to be playing for gold on home soil. The final will air live on ESPNews at 4:30 p.m. PT. The Eagles beat Fiji 19-7 in the semifinals Sunday at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. It marks just the fourth time in history the Americans have made the final of a World Series tournament. Their only championship came in 2015 in London.
Awaiting the Eagles in the... Read More
Team USA moved to 4-0 Saturday with a 17-12 quarterfinal win over England. Up next in the semifinals at 1:12 p.m. Sunday is equally impressive Fiji, which beat New Zealand at the death in their quarterfinal. This marks the fourth-straight year the USA has reached the semifinals on home turf.
England kicked long to start, giving the USA clean possession. Danny Barrett made the first long run... Read More
With a 28-17 defeat of Spain, Team USA has completed a clean sweep of Pool C. The Eagles already had a berth to the quarterfinals in the bag after beating Australia and Samoa, so head coach Mike Friday opted to make changes to the starting lineup, starting debutant Cody Melphy at flyhalf and fellow rookie Joe Schroeder at prop.
Up next is the quarterfinals at 5:48 p.m. local time. The Eagles will... Read More
With a 61-19 win over Uruguay in Montevideo, the Eagles put the finishing touches on their second-straight Americas Rugby Championship title. The win gives them a perfect 5-0 record in the tournament. The USA hasn’t lost in the ARC since 2016, when they last fell to Uruguay.
The win will also see the 18th-ranked Eagles move ahead of 17th-ranked Uruguay in World Rugby’s rankings. Los Teros were... Read More
You could probably script a better start to the USA Sevens for the home team, but why would you? The Eagles went 2-0, avenging recent losses to tough opponents, and they’re onto the quarterfinals for the fourth-straight year. Neither Samoa nor Australia made the Eagles sweat in the second half, allowing the Americans to empty the bench and for debutant Cody Melphy to touch the field.
“We’ve been... Read More
Team USA went on a 21-point run to get clear of Samoa en route to a 26-12 win in the pool opener Friday at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. Three cards to Samoa helped in the matter.
The win gives the Eagles some cushion in the group, with Australia coming up later Friday and Spain on Saturday. The Americans likely just need to bag one win from those two to punch their ticket to the quarterfinals.... Read More
USA Sevens has moved to a new broadcaster for 2018 – ESPN. The three-day event will be shown live and in tape delay on two of the media giant’s networks. Each day, two hours of live coverage will air on ESPNews and then re-air later on ESPN2. The tournament will also be available live online on ESPN3 for those with access to ESPN via a participating cable subscription.
Live on ESPNews 6:30... Read More
The turf at Sam Boyd Stadium has been kind to the home team recently, with the Eagles reaching the semifinals each of the last three USA Sevens. They’ve gradually inched closer to a berth in the championship match, losing to New Zealand by two tries in 2015, then Fiji by seven in 2016 and South Africa by three last year. Both Fiji in ’16 and South Africa in ’17 went on to win the whole enchilada... Read More
Heading into the last weekend of the 2018 Americas Rugby Championship, if the USA Eagles win, they finish undefeated and win the tournament for the second year in a row. However, a loss to Uruguay will almost certainly allow Argentina XV to claim a second ARC title.
So long as the American scrum does not fall apart, the Eagles should win. Part of what contributes to that "should" is the... Read More
In the history of the 7s national team, perhaps no player has meant more than Zack Test. From 2009-2016, he was Iron Man, missing only three tournaments over the course of an eight-year career. Test walked off the 7s pitch for the last time following the Rio Olympics, holding the USA’s all-time records for tries scored and tournaments played.
When the Eagles were struggling through the Shield and... Read More