Ahead of the 2020 WinStar World Casino and Resort PBR Global Cup USA, presented by Monster Energy, the final riders set to defend home soil as members of Team USA Eagles at the event akin to the “Olympics of bull riding” have been announced.
The fourth edition of the PBR Global Cup, the only nation vs. nation bull riding competition, will make its second stop at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on February 15-16, 2020. The new team tournament debuted in Edmonton, Alberta, in November 2017, visited Sydney, Australia, in June 2018, and most recently stopped in Arlington this past February.
Led by head coach Justin McBride (Whitesboro, Texas) and assistant J.W. Hart (Overbrook, Oklahoma), Team USA Eagles will be completed by Matt Triplett (Columbia Falls, Montana), Dalton Kasel (Muleshoe, Texas) and six-time PRCA World Champion Sage Kimzey (Strong City, Oklahoma).
A first-time selection to Team USA, Kasel, who is currently recovering from groin surgery, was crowned the 2019 PBR Rookie of the Year after completing an incredible five-month surge up the world rankings, when he climbed from unranked on June 1 to No. 8 on November 10. Kasel’s rocket up the rankings was capped by his career-first event win on the Unleash the Beast at the final regular-season event of the year in Nampa, Idaho, followed by a twelfth-place result at his debut PBR World Finals.
Team USA Eagles also revealed an injury replacement, with Cody Teel (Kountze, Texas) to compete in place of Chase Outlaw (Hamburg, Arkansas), currently sidelined for six months after undergoing the fourth reconstructive shoulder surgery of his career in December 2019. McBride and Hart elected to not name an alternate. Triplett, Kasel, Kimzey and Teel will join two-time PBR World Champion Jess Lockwood (Volborg, Montana) and 2016 PBR World Champion Cooper Davis (Jasper, Texas) already selected to Team USA Eagles.
For Team USA Eagles, while the quartet of new additions have only made a collective four appearances at past PBR Global Cups, they are arguably four of the hottest riders competing when examining the final months of 2019 and initial events of the 2020 season.