Men's Sevens
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Men's Sevens  @ The National Stadium
Singapore Sevens
  Damien Schneider

USA Men's Sevens hold off Kenya for second win in Singapore

SINGAPORE - Two down, one to go - and the race for Olympic qualification isn't getting any easier. Against a collection of troublesome turnovers, the Men's Eagles Sevens beat Kenya 17-14 to improve 2-0  at HSBC Singapore Sevens. 

The Eagles Sevens had the first real scoring opportunity when a penalty against Kenya led to a lineout inside their 22. From there, the United States was attacking five meters from the tryline before a ball bounced off of Maceo Brown's chest and into Kenyan hands; Kenya ran it back for a try mid posts. 

Early mistakes can always impair confidence but the USA wasn't distracted just yet. Though the errors did increase, they weren't entirely one-sided as Kenya had their fair share of penalties to expose. 

A huge line break for Matai Leuta set up a perfect carry from Ben Pinkelman that moved the U.S. within meters of the tryzone. Thanks to the pair of carries, Carlin Isles had just enough space to scoop up the offload and dot down in the middle, 7 all. 

Double knock ons gave Kenya a scrum until a turnover shifted momentum back on the American side.

Another significant run by Matai Leuta gave Captain Madison Hughes a chance to create space on the edge for Carlin Isles. Isles made quick work of scoring his second try of the match just as time expired in the half. The speedster is now a hat trick away from passing Perry Baker as the USA's all-time leading try scorer. 

In the second half, the Eagles Sevens continued to battle against a choppy game. 

Straight out of his own scrum, Captain Madison Hughes used fancy footwork to confuse Kenyan defenders and run straight for the tryzone. Kenya turned the ball over on their next attack but an unrecovered grubber kick by Carlin Isles handed it right back over and the Kenyans ran it all the way back, 17-14. 

Only three points ahead, time and possession were equally the USA's greatest asset and enemy. 

The Eagles Sevens could have scored again when a sharp run by Marcus Tupuola put the Americans deep inside Kenya's half. Carlin Isles made a precise sneak pass to Madison Hughes after, but an offload from Hughes to Joe Schroeder fell prey to the bounce of the ball and the opposition recovered. 

Kenya gave up the final attack of regular time on a penalty. With possession, the United States milked the final seconds and kicked to touch for their second victory of the day. 

One final match remains as the USA closes out Pool C against England (1-1) at 6 AM ET on ESPN+.



Head Coach | Mike Friday
Assistant Coach | Phil Greening
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Jon Hood
Athletic Trainer | Brian Green
Team Manager | Scott Novack


Pool C | Broadcast LIVE on ESPN +

vs Wales | 31-12 (W)
vs Kenya | 17-14 (W)
vs England | Sat, Apr 13 - 6 AM ET


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