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
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
Team USA’s women will face Australia in a five-game series as part of the USA Sevens later this week. The matches came together at the behest of the Australians, the reigning Olympic champs.
Given they're not part of the Women’s World Series, the games won't technically feature the Eagles against the Wallabies, but the Falcons against the Pearls. Still, the regulars for both nations’ top sides... Read More
With Martin Iosefo lost to an injury suffered against Samoa, compounding the absence of Stephen Tomasin and Madison Hughes, the Eagles tied Kenya in the pool finale, 19-19. The result was a 1-1-1 Pool D record for the Eagles, pushing them into the bottom eight for day two.
Kenya raced out to a 19-0 advantage, and the Eagles stormed back to draw level, but ran out of time and steam to finish the... Read More
Team USA fell to Samoa, 14-10, Friday in Hamilton, NZ. The Eagles overcame a first-half shutout to claim a 10-7 lead, but Samoa would snatch the result at the death. The loss makes the Eagles 1-1 heading into the all-important pool finale against Kenya.
The first half was a defensive clinic. The United States managed to turn Samoa away five times, and Samoa turned the USA over seven times. Samoa’... Read More
The Eagles rallied from a 14-0 deficit to beat Canada 28-14 in the opening match of Hamilton 7s Friday. It took some exhausting work in the breakdown and four-consecutive tries to come all the way back, plus a record-breaking try from Perry Baker.
Canada got on the board first with a try from Nathan Hirayama. He got the ball on the wing but ran out of space and opted to kick up the touch line,... Read More
Stephen Tomasin and Madison Hughes are out with knee injuries suffered last week in Sydney, leaving holes in the lineup for this weekend in Hamilton, New Zealand. Those voids equate to opportunities for those who’ll combine to fill them. Former Cal 15s All-American Nick Boyer has been brought in to be one of those hole fillers.
Hughes was lost in the first game against Australia, while Tomasin... Read More
A depleted Team USA fell 31-10 to Argentina in the bronze medal match Sunday in Sydney. Already down Stephen Tomasin and Madison Hughes thanks to injury, head coach Mike Friday decided to rest Danny Barrett and start Joe Schroeder in the bronze medal match against Argentina. He wasn’t the one making green mistakes in the early goings, though.
Folau Niua lined up a turnover deep in the USA’s... Read More
Despite a nip-and-tuck first half, the Eagles were blown out by South Africa 35-7 in Sydney semifinals. Both teams traded yellow cards in the opening stanza, but South Africa scored twice during the man advantage compared to the USA’s once. Then, in a blink, the Blitzbokke blew the game wide open and never looked back.
The Eagles continued their restart success, claiming the opening kickoff. And... Read More
The Eagles advanced to the semifinals for the first time this season with a 24-7 defeat of Fiji in the quarterfinals Sunday in Sydney. The Eagles built a small lead in the first half before sealing the deal with a shutout in the second.
Early on, Perry Baker looked to be away after beating his opposite on the edge, but Jerry Tuwai hunted him down from the sweeper position, forcing him into touch... Read More