The HSBC Canada Sevens will be held on March 7-8, 2020 at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The USA Men’s Sevens finished fifth in Los Angeles after losing their Cup Quarterfinal to South Africa and claimed 13 points towards their Series standing. They are now ranked seventh overall with three stops until the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
The USA is in Pool D and will face the same opponents as they did in Los Angeles in Samoa, Scotland, and Australia. The original Series format will return for Vancouver with the top two teams in each pool advancing to the Cup Quarterfinals and the bottom two being placed in the consolation rounds.
The USA will play Samoa on Saturday at 12 PM ET, Scotland at 3:12 PM ET, and Australia at 6:46 PM ET on NBC Sports Gold.
Head Coach Mike Friday has made three changes to the roster for Vancouver. With Ben Pinkelman and Joe Schroeder out due to injury, Malon Al-Jiboori and Maceo Brown will start with Ben Broselle serving as the 13th place injury reserve.
In Los Angeles, Carlin Isles and Perry Baker both surpassed the 200 try mark and won the UL Mark of Excellence Award. Isles was also named to the tournament Dream Team.
Stephen Tomasin finished fourth overall in tackles made and Danny Barrett added a team-high 19 runs through the weekend. The 12 player roster for Vancouver owns 391 HSBC tournaments to date.
The squad is currently two points behind 6th place Australia and another seven points away from the top four with France (4th), Fiji (3rd), South Africa (2nd) and New Zealand (1st).
HEAD COACH MIKE FRIDAY
“We were very disappointed to lose the title in LA and after disappointing Day One performance which are not how we go about our business. We had some very straight conversations at the end of that day.
“To then lose narrowly to South Africa in the Quarterfinal was even more disappointing as there were some moments both in and out of our control which were very frustrating.
“However, I was very proud of the boys in how they worked on Day Two. To bounce back with two very uncompromising performances against France and Ireland to secure 5th lays the minimum standard with which we approach Vancouver.
“It is a real shame to lose a world-class player like Ben Pinkelman but we need to look at the bigger picture for him this season. Unfortunately, Ben’s injury was compounded by losing Joe who was outstanding in LA. Joe has already had surgery and will be working hard to recover in time to compete for London and Paris.
“We are fortunate to have a highly physical animal in Malon who was unfortunate not to make the roster in LA and was outstanding at the Los Angeles Invitational. With Ben Broselle, we bring another player who is again highly physical and possesses real speed as well.”
USA: 1. Carlin Isles (Wing, 56) 2. Malon Al-Jiboori (Prop/Hooker, 9) 3. Danny Barrett (Prop, 53) 4. Maceo Brown (Center,13) 5. Cody Melphy (Halfback, 5) 6. Kevon Williams (Halfback/Wing, 26) 7. Naima Fuala’au (Halfback, 7) 8. Maka Unufe (Center, 42) 9. Stephen Tomasin (Hooker, 36) 10. Madison Hughes (C) Halfback, 51) 11. Perry Baker (Wing, 46) 12. Martin Iosefo (Center, 45) 13. Ben Broselle (Center, 6)
Head Coach Mike Friday
Assistant Coach Anthony Roques
Strength & Conditioning John Hood
Performance Analyst Dave Gardner
Athletic Trainer Brian Green
Team Manager Scott Novack
Pool D – Saturday, March 4
vs Samoa 12 PM ET
vs Scotland 3:12 PM ET
vs Australia 6:46 PM ET
Sunday, March 5
Knockouts 12:43 PM ET
Cup Final 9:28 PM ET