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Canada Sevens

Men's Eagles Sevens launch massive comeback against England to make Semifinals

VANCOUVER, B.C. - Determination, heart, resilience, belief -- call it what you will, but the Men's Eagles Sevens just proved why they're the No. 1 team in the world. After a 19 point deficit to enter the second-half of play, USA shut out England and scored 21 points to come back and qualify for the Cup Semifinals at HSBC Canada Sevens.  

This was the match fans at BC Place Stadium couldn't wait to see. Because after a first half where the Americans looked just as spent the day before, the squad launched three consecutive herculean drives to overcome the odds and give themselves a fighting chance at another medal. 

Three deadly turnovers in the first half resulted in all three opening English tries. The first two came as England snatched the ball at the breakdown -- dominating the game with their physicality -- and destroying two promising opportunities for the USA to build any momentum. 

On the final play of the half, the Eagles Sevens had one last attack stripped away on a penalty where England ran away to dot down again, 0-19. 

The USA couldn't have needed that halftime huddle more. Because in it, Head Coach Mike Friday engaged his side to get their heads up, focus on the restart and bully their way through space to create fireworks in the next seven minutes of play. 

And when play resumed, a moment of brilliance was carved by an English penalty turned USA lineout, where Captain Madison Hughes ran down the stretch -- fending past defenders -- to dot down left side of the posts. 

But the try wasn't enough. Down two scores, the United States didn't even have a second to waste. 

Then, after cultivating their own snatch at the breakdown, the Eagles Sevens moved right back into English territory and employed their most patient attack yet. 

Fighting against the resilience of England's defense, the United States remained steady, passing the ball carefully through each phase and scurrying through space to keep support players in the right areas. Then, in just the right moment, Ben Pinkelman was into the try zone to make it 14-19. 

Time was against the USA who knew winning the restart would mean everything. And with that, Martin Iosefo jumped high, reclaimed possession and the United States was in it again. 

As the stars aligned, a penalty against England gave the Americans a lineout inside the 22 with only one minute to go. It was there that resilience in attack became the USA's most redeeming benefactor, as the side tossed offload after offload for what felt like ages until Stephen Tomasin tied it up, 19-19. 

With a kick that meant everything for so many reasons, Captain Madison Hughes sent the ball sailing over the crossbar for the Eagles Sevens victory. 

The United States will face France next in a highly anticipated Cup Semifinal at HSBC Canada Sevens. The match kicks off at 6:30 PM ET, LIVE on

Men's Eagles Sevens Staff

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

HSBC USA Sevens Schedule

Pool A | Broadcast LIVE on ESPN +

vs Wales | 40-14 (W)
vs Chile | 33-19 (W)
vs South Africa | 7-19 (L)

Cup Quarterfinals
vs England | 21-19 (W)

Cup Semifinals
vs France | 6:30 PM ET

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