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Red Bulls Can't Hold On

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The New York Red Bulls couldn't hold on during last night's match in the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the MLS playoffs.  The Red Bulls went up 1-0 early, but Houston came back to tie things up.  The score was still 1-1 at the end of regulation leading to an extra 30 minutes of overtime.  Houston put one in the back of the net in the first half of overtime.  New York had a lot of good looks, including one off the cross-bar and a stunning bicycle kick by Thierry Henry that just missed wide.  New York was plagued by bad touches, missed connections, and a handful of controversial calls.  Despite the forward momentum of a string of sold-out home crowds and their recent win of the Supporter's Shield, they couldn't hold it together ending overtime down 1-2.

The game was kind of dissapointing from a photo point of view.  We watched a lot of action going down on the other side of the field with a few quick spurts on our end.  A clutch finish scoring on the goal in front of their main supporters side would have been epic, but just didn't happen..until next year!

Red Bulls into the Playoffs

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The New York Red Bulls clinched a spot in the playoffs Saturday with a 2-2 nail-biter against the New England Revolution.  Fabian Espindola scored an early goal to a raucous hometown crowd.  The Red Bulls carried that through the 85th minute until Lee Nguyen tied things up to a controversial penalty kick.  The Revolution went up by one goal minutes later changing the whole tone of the game.  Everything came down to one last Red Bulls free kick from near the corner; even goalie Luis Robles left his line to jump in the mix.  Midfielder Tim Cahill was able to get a head on the ball after a bit of bouncing around to put in the back of the next in the 97th minute.

I've never seen a more electric crowd, especially for the size; I literally had goosebumps.

Serena Wins

Serena WilliamsIn a rematch of the women's final from last year, Serena Williams was able to take down Victoria Azarenka in three sets to take home the women's championship.  Azarenka fought hard, but lost steam in the third set allowing Williams to win 6-1.  Credit: Mike Lawrence/usopen.org.

Djokovic vs. Wawrinka Semi-Final

Novak DjokovicNumber one in the world Novak Djokovic takes on ninth seed Stanislas Wawrinka today at 12:30 PM in men's semi-final action inside Arthur Ashe Stadium at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at the 2013 US Open.  Check out usopen.org for live feeds and info.  Credit: Mike Lawrence/usopen.org.

Rafa Kicks it Around a Little

i_06SEP13_14236_Nadal_Practice_Mike i_06SEP13_14225_Nadal_Practice_MikeRafael Nadal kicks the ball around a little Friday afternoon while practicing.  Nadal takes on Frenchman Richard Gasquet today, the second match in Arthur Ashe Stadium for the day.  Credits: Mike Lawrence/usopen.org.

Williams Sisters Go Down

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Venus and Serena Williams lost in women's doubles semi-final action to Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka.  The crowd got behind the Williams sisters but in the end, they didn't have enough to pull it out, losing in straight sets.  Serena will go on to the women's singles finals in a rematch of last year against Victoria Azarenka.  Credits: Mike Lawrence/usopen.org.

Hlavackova has a big day

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Mixed Doubles Final

Mixed Doubles FinalAndrea Hlavackova had a big day winning the mixed doubles finals with Max Mirnyi, then resting a few hours and beating the Williams sisters in the women's doubles semi-finals with her partner Lucie Hradecka.  Here she is with partner Mirnyi in their mixed finals victory, as well as opposing team Abigail Spears and Santiago Gonzalez.  Credits: Mike Lawrence/usopen.org.

Nadal on to Semi-Finals

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Both racquet and ball compress as Rafael Nadal smashes a backhand back to fellow Spaniard Tommy Robredo.  Robredo had a great win over Roger Federer in the fourth round of the men's draw, but couldn't pull it together to overcome Nadal, losing in straight sets.  Nadal has a day off before hitting the big stage again for his semi-final match.  Credit: Mike Lawrence/usopen.org.

Tommy Robredo Goes Down

Tommy RobredoTommy RobredoTommy Robredo had a great run, defeating Roger Federer in the fourth round of the men's draw, but his tournament came to an end tonight by Rafael Nadal.  Nadal was all business in the all-Spanish quarterfinal taking down Robredo convincingly in straight sets.  Nadal will play Saturday in the semi-finals.  Credit: Mike Lawrence/usopen.org.  

Under the Radar

Alexander ZverevI've enjoyed covering some of the juniors this year.  While we may not know their names today, they could pop up on the radar in a few years.  First seed Alexander Zverev serves here in the final set of his second round juniors match which he won in a tiebreaker shortly thereafter.  Credit: Mike Lawrence/usopen.org.

Kohlschreiber Celebration

Kohlschreiber Celebration Philipp Kohlschreiber played Nadal pretty tough in the fourth round, but after winning the first game he scored fewer and fewer points eventually going down in four. Nadal now moves on to an all Spanish Quarterfinal against Tommy Robredo who earned his spot by upsetting Roger Federer in three sets on Louis Armstrong.  Credit: Mike Lawrence/usopen.org.

No Sweat, Robredo Takes Down Federer in Three

Tommy RobredoSpaniard Tommy Robredo took down seventh seed Roger Federer in three sets.  Due to inclement weather earlier in the day, the match was moved from Arthur Ashe Stadium to the much smaller Louis Armstrong, the first time Federer has played on Louis since 2006.  The atmosphere was electric with fans who stuck around through roughly five hours of delays.  The nineteenth seeded Robredo will play fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal in men’s quarterfinal action.  Credit: Mike Lawrence/usopen.org.

Federer Upset in Three

Roger FedererRoger Federer lost tonight to Spaniard Tommy Robredo in three sets.  Due to inclement weather earlier in the day, the match was moved from Arthur Ashe Stadium to the much smaller Louis Armstrong, the first time Federer has played on Louis since 2006.  The atmosphere was electric with fans who stuck around through roughly five hours of delays.  The nineteenth seeded Robredo will play fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal in men's quarterfinal action.  Credit: Mike Lawrence/usopen.org.

Federer Under the Lights

Roger Federer Roger FedererI caught a ball Federer hit into the pit tonight, and I'm not going to lie, I was pretty excited.  Maybe using the wide-angle lens is unconventional, as is sitting on the baseline for three quarters of a match for two good shots, but sometimes it works out in your favor.  Federer wins tonight in straight sets over Adrian Mannarino.  Credit: Mike Lawrence/usopen.org.

Arthur Ashe Stadium

SunsetThe view from the top of the stadium is pretty breathtaking.  There are a lot of empty seats as the Del Potro Hewitt match begins, but almost four hours later the stadium is pretty full.