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
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
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
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
Mike Friday's selections for the USA Sevens are final, and he's included an inordinate number of forwards. Through much of the season, the scrum was an area of weakness for the team, as post-Olympic attrition and injury kept the Eagles thin there. Coming into the home stretch, Friday apaprently wants to make sure there's plenty of depth up front.
There are six players on the squad who play... Read More
Head Coach Richie Walker has named his side to take the field at the USA Sevens this weekend, and it's packed with firepower and experience, as well as some youth, too.
Set to make their debuts in Las Vegas are Kelsi Stockert and Nicole Snyder. Stockert has been called up in 15s, but not 7s until now. She's a stalwart for the Seattle Saracens, and Snyder is a standout from Bloomsburg making her... Read More
Mike Friday’s troops bowed out of the Wellington 7s with a 19-12 loss to Kenya in the Challenge Trophy semifinal. The Eagles squandered some scoring chances in the opening half and were outpaced by Kenya in the second.
Kenya drew first blood in the third minute. The Eagles played defense mostly at the start, and when they got possession it was deep in their end. A sketchy pass from Perry Baker to... Read More
Team USA got off to a sluggish start to day two, barely eking past a Japanese side that surrendered a staggering 122 points in pool play. The Brave Blossoms led in the second half, but the Eagles captured a 19-14 lead and were fortunate to hold onto it.
It started sloppy, as mishandles and a lack of intent from the Eagles meant no line breaks for the first several minutes. Eventually, Carlin... Read More
Since Rio, the men’s 7s team has been chasing its tail a bit. Players scattered to the four winds after the Olympics, and some returned, while others didn’t. The HSBC Sevens World Series started almost too soon, it would seem.
In Dubai and South Africa, the Olympic hangover was evident, as head coach Mike Friday spent less time with the 7s squad in the lead up thanks to his role with the 15s team... Read More