Men’s Eagles land in Denver and Houston for 2018 Emirates Airline Summer Series

Dick's Sporting Goods Park and BBVA Compass Stadium will host the two-match series on June 9th and 16th

LAFAYETTE, CO - The Emirates Airline Summer Series returns June 2018, as the United States Men's National Team host two premiere test matches with Scotland and a nation to be announced later. Dick's Sporting Goods Park plays host to the first fixture on June 9th in Denver, Colorado, while the Men's Eagles will take on Scotland in Houston, Texas on June 16th at BBVA Compass Stadium. This match will be televised LIVE on CBS Sports Network. Tickets to each match will be available to the public starting February 20th at usarugby.org/tickets. Both matches will be available on a streaming basis via The Rugby Channel.

"Two fantastic venues with great fan bases." noted USA Rugby CEO, Dan Payne, "It's been some time since the Men's team has played in Denver. We're ready to welcome rugby fans to our own backyard."

Home to the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer, Dick's Sporting Goods Park is no stranger to rugby. Having recently hosted the USA Rugby Club 7s Championship in August of 2016, the 18,000+ seat venue was last stormed by the Men's Eagles during the 2009 Churchill Cup. Also home to the USA Rugby national office, the Mile High City has become a major market for the sport. An opponent is yet to be announced, as the matchup will be determined this March, after the next round of European Qualification for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.

USA Rugby is working in conjunction with the Denver Sports Commission to bring the event to the Colorado, in doing so helping to further the game's reach to the Mile High community.

Seven days later on June 16th the Men's Eagles will travel to Houston, Texas for a weighted matchup with Scotland, currently seated No. 5 in the World Rugby rankings. The United States have become very familiar with BBVA Compass Stadium, home to the Houston Dynamo, as they return for the first time since a 2016 draw with Argentina XV during the Americas Rugby Championship. This marks the fifth time the Men's Eagles have played at BBVA Compass Stadium. More notably, the Men's Eagles will reunite with Scotland in Houston after an incredibly well contested showing in June 2014. The match is supported by the Harris County Houston Sports Authority and kicks off at 8:00pm CT. Additionally, the match will be broadcast LIVE on CBS Sports Network as part of the networks commitment to Rugby, including 21 events featuring the USA Eagles and the Collegiate D1A Semifinals and Championship.

Men's Eagles Head Coach, Gary Gold, added "Scotland is a top team, but our guys are ready for the challenge. We're excited to see the fans come out in Houston, I understand it's becoming a great rugby town."

Tickets to both matches of the 2018 Emirates Airline Summer Series will be available to the public starting February 20th with pre-sales beginning February 13th. For more information on purchasing tickets and joining the USA Rugby pre-sale list, visit usarugby.org/tickets.

About Emirates Airline:
· Official Worldwide Partner and Official Airline of Rugby World Cup 2019
· Title Sponsor of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens tournament for over 20 years which has established itself as one of the best on the HSBC Sevens World Series circuit
· Official Airline of the Cape Town Sevens
· Shirt Sponsorship of the World Rugby Referees and Officials