SINGAPORE - APRIL 17: Nate Ebner (R) of United States tries to get past Dougie Fife of Scotland during the 2016 Singapore Sevens Bowl Final between United States and Scotland at National Stadium on April 17, 2016 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)

Nate Ebner, USA Rugby fall short in pursuit of medal in Rio

After going 1-1 on day one of the Rugby Sevens tournament at the Olympics in Rio, Team U.S.A. remained in contention for a medal.

A 24-19 loss to powerful Fiji on Wednesday ended that.

The Americans didn’t have to win to move on to the quarterfinals (medal round), but they had to stay within four to advance.

Former Ohio State football player and current New England Patriot Nate Ebner gave the U.S. a chance to pull within three in the closing minutes with a long run for a try, but the ensuing conversion kick was no good.

When the U.S. was unable to score again before the closing gun, Argentina finished second in the pool and advanced along with undefeated Fiji.

The U.S. led early in both halves but could not hold the advantage either time.

He was also a big part of the story Tuesday as the U.S. lost a 17-14 heartbreaker to Argentina then pummeled Brazil 26-0.

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