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
For the fourth time in five tournaments, South Africa is the champion. The Blitzbokke finished the weekend 6-0, but it wasn’t easy. They struggled against Wales in the end of pool play and had to grind out three-consecutive one-score wins against Australia, host USA and New Zealand, in the knockout stages.
The win is especially notable because they did it, for the first time this season, without... 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
With a 17-10 lead going into the final minute of regulation against England, USA gave up the lead and ultimately the game as England’s Tom Mitchell and Tom Bowen scored to win 24-17. The Eagles finish second to England in pool play and will play Argentina in the cup quarterfinals.
After the National Anthem and fireworks on a windy afternoon at Sam Boyd Stadium in Henderson, Nev., the Eagles... Read More
The cup chase for the USA women ended in the semifinals Saturday in front of a nearly full Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas with a 12-7 loss to New Zealand. The Eagles took the lead early and were combative throughout, ultimately earning a shot to steal the game at the death but falling short.
They’ll have one more match to determine who gets bronze against Canada at 5:40 p.m. This marks the second-... Read More
Team USA pounded Chile 31-0 in its second pool match Friday at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. The Eagles will go to sleep tonight 2-0, awaiting the pool decider against England at 3:24 p.m. Las Vegas time.
Perry Baker skied for the opening kickoff, taking the ball clean out of the air amidst traffic. The Eagles went through some phases in the attacking end, but the possession was halted by a... 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
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