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USA Men's Sevens defeat Wales to qualify for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

LONDON, ENG. - With a hard-fought 28-26 victory over Wales, the USA Men's Sevens have clinched a berth in the Cup Quarterfinals and also qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 

It was a monumental moment -- and didn't come without a fight -- as the United States had to battle against a team who always bring pressure in tight moments. 

Wales were first on the board when they snuck around the edge to score in the corner, but the U.S. answered back shortly after with a perfect dummy and leap through space by Ben Pinkelman. Then, a yellow card on Wales boosted the opportunity for the Eagles Sevens where Perry Baker found space on the wing to torch the pitch and bring his side up one more. 

As halftime loomed, fans at Twickenham stadium could feel the energy and the desire for both sides to score before the half; as another try on either side would be crucial to level momentum. 

Right on the halftime whistle, Ben Pinkelman duplicated his impressive moves from before and dummied brilliantly around the Welsh to squeeze through a gap and make it 21-5. 

In what seemed like a match entirely shifted on the U.S. side, Wales came back in the second half to put up a close contest to the final whistle. Scoring on the opening kickoff, the Welsh had made it 21-12 with plenty of time remaining. Then, with the ball left loose at the breakdown, the Welsh snuck in a short grubber kick, reclaimed the ball and scored again to make it 21-19.

With the score all too close as turnovers on both penalties and ball handling errors gave Wales an uncomfortable edge. 

Where minutes remained, the United States finally managed to create space on the wing for Perry Baker to capture the ball and run his classic route to make it over the line, 28-19.

Wales managed to score a late try on the final play but the rally came all too short as the referee blew the fulltime whistle and the USA Men's Sevens were Olympic qualified. 

The USA next faces Australia in the final match of Pool D at 11:04 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 | 28-26 (W)
vs Australia | Sat, May 25 - 11:04 AM ET

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