The Eagles squad set to defend home turf Saturday and Sunday at Silicon Valley 7s is very experienced, with just two uncapped players in the side. Most of those Team USA vets have been in the system so recently their ceremonial first caps would probably still have the stickers on them. That’s not the case for Ryan Matyas, whose would likely be covered in dust somewhere tucked in a suitcase.
His... Read More
No team enters Silicon Valley 7s this weekend shrouded in more mystery than China. This will be the nation’s first major 7s tournament outside of Asia since Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, in partnership with World Rugby, announced a little over a year ago that it would be investing $100 million over 10 years to boost rugby across the country.
That figure would even make the RFU blush. The... Read More
Money. More specifically, the lack of it that his players are paid for their tremendous efforts, and what he sees as the inevitable repercussion. This haunts Team USA head coach Mike Friday, who starts his fourth season at the helm this weekend with the Silicon Valley 7s.
“We have got to reposition the boys’ salaries,” he told Rugby Today. “They’re below the poverty line. We’ve got to find the... Read More
The state of California gets a lot. No, I’m not talking about the beaches, celebrities or enviable weather. In terms of major rugby events, California gets plenty.
Since their first-ever match in 1976, the Eagles have played 33 full tests in the Golden State. That’s more than the next five states combined – Illinois (8), Colorado (7), Texas (7), New York (4), Georgia (3) and Florida (3).
It makes... Read More
A well-deserved offseason has come to an end, as the first high performance camp of the 2017/2018 season which leads directly into a competition is currently underway at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Mike Friday and company is shaking away the rust before the HSBC Sevens World Series kicks off in Dubai in December.
Before the circuit begins, though, the team will... Read More
Team USA lost a heartbreaker to Scotland, 21-14, Saturday in the cup semifinals. The Eagles made a crucial error of their own to nullify a scoring effort, and the officiating completed the job on the last possession to send Scotland to the final and USA to the bronze-medal match at 12:32 p.m. ET.
The Eagles looked to be over when Andrew Durutalo trucked one defender inside the attacking 22 and... Read More
A Perry Baker hat-trick and Martin Iosefo extracting a tooth from James Stannard’s head highlighted a 31-14 win for the Eagles over Australia in the London 7s quarterfinals Sunday. The Eagles now advance to the semifinals to face the winner of New Zealand versus Scotland at 9:48 a.m. ET.
Australia opened the game with a kickoff, but it didn’t go 10 meters, giving the USA the ball with a free kick... Read More
Team USA came full circle on day one of London 7s, overcoming an early loss at the hands of Wales by pounding Kenya and then beating World Series champion South Africa. The win sets the Eagles up with a quarterfinal against Australia at 4:58 a.m. Sunday. South Africa, which had already clinched the World Series title last weekend in Paris, advances as the pool runner-up.
South Africa went on the... Read More
Jake's Take is a regular column from Jake Feury. A recent graduate from Middlebury College, Jake has been involved in rugby for a number of years. Some of his playing experience includes stints with the Morris Lions (NJ), the GPS Gallopers (Australia), Middlebury College (VT), Trinity College (Dublin), Atlantis, the Northeast Academy and various age-grade All-American trials and tours.
Wondering... Read More
Team USA finished with back-to-back wins to claim fifth-place in Paris, widening the gap between the Eagles and Australia in the World Series standings. The USA's title hopes ended with a 26-12 defeat at the hands of England to start day two, but wins over Fiji, 24-14, and Samoa, 24-19, saw the Eagles end the tournament on a high note.
Mike Friday's crew is now almost certain to finish the season... Read More