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Overcoming a sloppy second half and 30 minutes of playing down a man a late drop goal form AJ MacGinty sealed a 15-13 U.S. win over Canada to claim fifth place at the Pacific Nations Cup. The win means the U.S. finish up with two wins and two losses, albeit a tight loss to Samoa. More importantly, the Eagles have gained a clearer picture of who’s ready to make an impact at the World Cup is less than two months. The U.S. will now take a break before assembling in Ottawa for a rematch against Canada on August 22nd.
The match didn’t get off to the brightest of starts for the Eagles as they conceded a penalty only two minutes in that Liam Underwood would convert. However, after that it was pretty much all Eagles for the rest of the half. After the penalty the Eagles had a series of pressure only meters short of the tryline. They were able to put together phases but a rushed pass from Scott LaValla as he was being pressured halted the opportunity.
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