SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — USA Eagles kickoff against Uruguay Los Teros for the opening of Americas Rugby Championship (ARC) 2017 at Toyota Field in San Antonio, Texas 3 p.m. CT Saturday, which may allow the USA men to redeem themselves.
Los Teros defeated the Eagles in their final match up at ARC 2016 in Montevideo, Uruguay with a score of 29-25. The home field advantage may have been part of the reason Uruguay won their third game at the ARC, but there is no doubt that the Eagle’s handed them that win.
USA appeared to have the game locked down after Todd Clever won the ball off a broken scrum, popped it to Chad London who passed it out to Aladdin Schirmer for the try, which resulted in a successful conversion kick for James Bird. That all went downhill after the teams started swapping penalty kicks.
USA’s Ben Landry received multiple yellow cards, which led to enough penalty kicks for Uruguay to build up a solid point base during the game. Landry received a red card in minute 77 after a high tackle, which allowed Uruguay’s Diego Magno to score the game winning try with only seconds to spare.
ARC 2017 gives the Eagles home field advantage in this first game – and with powerhouse players like Todd Clever – USA is the favorite to win. However, Uruguay won’t be a pushover.
Los Teros’ young scrum-half, Santiago Arata is quick to make the right decisions. Veteran fullback and fly-half, Rodrigo Silva (29 caps) is considered one of the top players in the Americas at reading the pitch. The two paired together will create smart, and effective game play.
USA will need to be disciplined enough to limit their penalties, and maintain a high sense of awareness on defense to be able to shut down Uruguay.
The Box Office at Toyota Field in San Antonio opens at 12:00 p.m. CT Saturday.
There will be a Fan Fest at 1 p.m. CT before the game, and a family friendly social at 5:30 p.m. CT after the game. The social is sponsored by Crabbies, and will be hosted at the Alamo Ice House.
Watch USA vs Uruguay ARC 2017 on The Rugby Channel at 4:00 p.m. CT Saturday, or on ESPN2 at 8:30 p.m. CT Sunday.