2024 America Series: USA vs Romania

USA Rugby Vs. Romania Live Updates: Oaks Shock Eagles

USA Rugby Vs. Romania Live Updates: Oaks Shock Eagles

USA Rugby faces Romania in the first game of the 2024 America Series at SeatGeek Stadium in Chicago. Follow the action live on FloRugby.

Jul 6, 2024 by Joe Harrington
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Romania Rugby stunned USA on July 5 at SeatGeek Stadium in Chicago, as the Oaks overcame a second-half try by the United States with two converted penalty kicks to win 22-20. 

A.J. MacGinty gave the United States a lead with a try in the 49th minute. He also had two penalty kick opportunities to give the Eagles a lead in the final three minutes, but he missed them both, allowing Romania to win the Pershing Cup. 

The United States now has to recover fast, as Scotland awaits in Washington D.C. on July 12, which is streaming on FloRugby and the FloSports app.

Revisit the USA Rugby vs. Romania match below. 

USA Rugby Misses Penalty Kick In Final Minute, Romania Wins 22-20

In the final minute of regulation, USA took a one-point lead on Romania as A.J. MacGinty converted the kick. 

USA Rugby Can't Take Advantage Of Romania Yellow Card

A.J. MacGinty missed a penalty kick with four minutes remaining. That would have given the Eagles a one-point lead. 

Don't Miss The Final 10 Minutes Of USA Rugby Vs. Romania

We're in the final 10 minutes. USA Rugby trails by two points. Watch the match live!

Romania Rugby Grabs Lead in 68th Minute; Romania 22, USA 20

Romania added another three points to take a two-point lead on the Eagles. 

Romania Rugby Counters Again, Trails USA 20-19

Romania converted another penalty kick to make it a one-point game again with about 15 minutes left in the match. 

USA Rugby Adds 3; Eagles 20, Romania 16

A.J. MacGinty gave the USA a four-point lead a penalty kick in the 61st minute. 

Romania Rugby Cuts Into Lead; USA 17, Romania 16

It's a one-point match in Chicago after Romania converted a penalty kick to make it 17-16 in the 59th minute. 

AJ MacGinty Gives USA Rugby Lead; Eagles 17, Romania 13

A.J. MacGinty scored a try in the 49th minute. He converted the extra point. 

Romania Rugby Takes Lead On Penalty Kick, Romania 13-USA 10

Romania scored a penalty kick in the first three minutes of the second half to take a 13-10 lead. 

Second Half Of USA Rugby Vs. Romania Begins

The second half is underway with the match tied at 10. 

Romania Rugby Misses Chance To Take Lead; USA Rugby 10, Romania 10

Romania missed a penalty kick in the final minute, and the USA defense held up in extra time to close out the first half. 

USA Rugby Ties Romania With Kick; 10-10

USA tied Romania in the 26th minute with an AJ MacGinty penalty kick. 

Romania Rugby Takes First Lead; Romania 10, USA 7

Romania converted a penalty to take a 10-7 lead on USA. 

Romania Rugby Answers Quickly; USA 7, Romania 7

Tevita Manumua has a huge run on a try to help tie the match at 7-7 in the first 10 minutes.

USA Rugby Takes Lead In First Three Minutes

The Eagles took a lead on Romania with about 5:30 into the match as Jamason Fa'anana-Schultz got the try, and A.J. MacGinty converted for a 7-0 lead. 

USA Rugby Vs. Romania Kicks Off

This one is underway in Chicago, as USA Rugby looks to score a win over Romania. 

USA Rugby Will Be The Favorite Against Romania

Yes, Romania played in the 2023 Rugby World Cup. No, Romania didn’t actually qualify for the Rugby World Cup. 

It’s complicated. And it showed. 

Romania played in the 2023 Rugby World Cup because Spain was disqualified for playing ineligible players. 

The national team won’t apologize for playing in the Rugby World Cup, but Romania did lose three games to current No. 1 and No. 2 South Africa and Ireland,  which play each other on July 6, and Scotland by a combined score of 242-8. 

That’s not a typo. 

USA didn't qualify for the Rugby World Cup after a massive match against Portugal in November 2022 ended in a 16-16 draw. That eliminated the Eagles from a tournament they had played in six straight times. 

So, despite playing a national team that did play in France in 2023, Bendon said the United States is the heavy favorite against Romania. 

“They have a very good chance of winning that game,” Bendon said. “Head-to-head, the USA are a better team than Romania in terms of the talent they have available.”

USA Vs. Romania Rugby Lineups: Here's Who Is Starting For USA Rugby

Your Eagles ready for Romania.

🗓️ Fri, July 5 - 8pm ET
🎟️ https://t.co/XVJMRigava pic.twitter.com/4RPwaEVi65

— USA Rugby (@USARugby) July 4, 2024

USA Vs. Romania Rugby Lineups: Here's Who Is Starting For Romania

🇺🇸🇹🇩 #Stejarii pentru meciul cu @USARugby care se va disputa în această noapte, ora 03:00 (ora României) pe SeatGeek Stadium din Chicago 👉https://t.co/jy1ZOBu1qP.

📹💻 Meciul poate fi urmărit pe pagina de facebook RugbyRomania, doar pe teritoriul României.#TotiPentruRomania pic.twitter.com/sq4M1EngyT

— Rugby Romania (@RugbyRomania) July 5, 2024

USA Rugby Kits For Romania Match

USA Rugby Vs. Romania History

The matchup is part of the America Series and continues the rivalry between the US and Romania. This is the 100th anniversary of the USA vs. Romania match at the 1924 Paris Olympic Games and comes just one day after the Fourth of July. 

The United States won the gold medal in 1924 in large part to its win over eventual bronze medalist Romania. 

The Eagles were heavy underdogs in the match against Romania, but Charles Doe scored 13 points, and the Americans won 37-0, before beating France 17-3 in the gold-medal game.

Watch The USA Rugby Hype Video Before Romania Match

USA Rugby posted a hype video before taking on Romania. 

How To Watch USA Rugby Vs. Romania 

The USA Rugby vs. Romania game is streaming on FloRugby and the FloSports app. Match replays, highlights and breaking news will be available on both platforms. 

USA Vs. Scotland Rugby In July 2024

The United States will host Scotland at Audi Field in Washington D.C. on July 12 at 5:30 p.m. That match will be streaming on FloRugby and the FloSports app. 

USA Rugby Schedule 2024

  • July 5: USA vs. Romania, SeatGeek Stadium, 8 p.m. EDT
  • July 12: USA vs. Scotland, Audi Field, 5:30 p.m. EDT
  • November 15: USA vs. Tonga, 6 p.m. EST

Romania Ruby Schedule 2024

  • July 5: USA vs. Romania, SeatGeek Stadium, Chicago, 7 p.m. EDT
  • July 12: Canada vs. Romania, TD Place, Ottawa 7 p.m. EDT

USA Rugby World Ranking

The Eagles are ranked No. 17 at World Rugby with 67.94 points. Romania is No. 20 with 61.66 points. 

World Rugby Rankings On July 1

Here are the latest rankings from World Rugby: 

  1. South Africa, 94.54
  2. Ireland, 90.69
  3. New Zealand, 89.80
  4. France, 87.92
  5. England, 85.75
  6. Scotland, 82.82
  7. Argentina, 80.68
  8. Italy, 79.41
  9. Australia, 77.48
  10. Wales, 77.26

Here are the full rankings.

How To Watch Rugby Matches In the United States On FloRugby

The URC will stream all its matches on FloRugby and the FloSports app in the United States. FloRugby and FloSports also are the U.S. home to: 

FloRugby also is home to match archives and match replays. 

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