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USA Men's Sevens inch closer to Olympic berth with win over Spain in London

LONDON, ENG. - One match down, another two to go. The USA Men's Eagles Sevens have beaten Spain 29-5 in their first match of Pool D at HSBC London Sevens 2019. 

In a charismatic start, filled with classic breakaway tries and energetic phases, the United States kept possession on their side to entirely dominate the Spanish. 

The first try came from Carlin Isles, who made his 50th appearance in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series today and scored twice in the match. Isles captured an offload from Danny Barrett to curve around the outside and put the U.S. up 5-0 in the opening minutes. 

With the second attack, the USA's Martin Iosefo made a short run, jumped back on tackle and tossed to Ben Pinkelman who finished in the center, 12-0. 

Spain was challenged to say the least, losing their only real opportunity to posses on consecutive penalties. Right at halftime and from the scrum, Folau Niua tossed an overhead pass to Carlin Isles and the United States were up 17-0. 

More of the same continued well into the second half as Perry Baker got a taste of the action and made it 24-0 with several minutes remaining. 

With a lucky patch of space, Spain ended the shutout with their own try in the corner, fueling the U.S. to be even more engaged. Quick phases and excellent offensive spacing put Brett Thompson on the outside, where a long run through open space scored the winning try at 29-0. 

Spain had one more chance to attack on the final play but a penalty sealed the gates with the U.S. on top. 

The next match will be crucial for the Eagles Sevens. Wales have always been a competitive opponent and with Olympic qualification up for grabs on Day One, the United States must produce another sparkling result. 

Wales and the USA kick off at 7:58 AM ET on usarug.by/ESPN7s


MEN’S EAGLES SEVENS STAFF

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


HSBC LONDON SEVENS 2019

Pool D | Broadcast LIVE on ESPN Networks
vs Spain | 29-5 (W)
vs Wales | Sat, May 25 - 7:58 AM ET
vs Australia | Sat, May 25 - 11:04 AM ET

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