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Rounding out the Eagles' summer schedule is a two-game aggregate World Cup qualifier against rival Canada. The games have been on the books for some time, but the American location and dates for both games have only just been unveiled. Canada will host the opener June 24th at a site to be named, and the USA will host the return match July 1st at Torero Stadium in San Diego, Calif.
Whichever team has the best aggregate score from the two-match series will punch its ticket to Japan 2019, while the loser will have to play in further qualifying matches. The Eagles are riding a five-game winning streak over Canada dating back to 2014, the last loss coming in 2013 in the qualifying round for the 2015 World Cup. Canada won both matches in that series, 13-11 in Toronto and 27-9 in Charleston, S.C.
"Hosting the second leg of this home-and-away series, where net point differential proves to be the determining factor in which team books the first ticket to the 2019 World Cup, in beautiful San Diego on the University of San Diego campus at Torero Stadium provides all of the ingredients for a great event," USA Rugby CEO Dan Payne said. "The Canada vs. USA rivalry is our most storied and respected and, when you add in World Cup qualification, it only elevates the stakes."
2017 marks the 30-year anniversary of the rivalry. Canada won the first meeting in May of 1977. The Eagles are 17-38-1 all-time against their neighbors to the north.