What can you say about a scoreless game? With one per shot for nearly every ten minutes, New York City FC's last home-game against the Chicago Fire was a bit of a snoozer. Still, one point for the tie is better than none. Here's hoping that the action heats up with the weather as we head into the Summer. Hope you like!
Blog-Views From the Sidelines
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Though the New York Red Bulls maintained the best record in the MLS through this past Sunday, they couldn't hold off the Columbus Crew through two legs of the MLS Eastern Conference Finals. The Red Bulls lost on the road in Columbus 0-2 Thanksgiving week which meant they'd need to win by a greater margin at home this past Sunday at home at Red Bull Arena. In the end their 1-0 home victory wouldn't be enough for a finals bid and they find themselves in the same position as last year missing out on the finals. From the sidelines, we were all hoping they could put together better passing combinations and bring possession into Columbus's half more. We would have all loved a New York City MLS final, but give thanks to another great season and look forward to next year! On another note, I put a nice burn mark from a flare someone lit on my foot, but enjoyed my first experience marching to the stadium with the supporters. Pictures above..hope you like!
The New York Red Bulls go into the weekend tied for first place in the league with FC Dallas having beaten the Philadelphia Union at home 4-1 last week, their final regular season home game for the year. Both the Red Bulls and Dallas have the chance to take home the Supporter's Shield this weekend, the trophy for the most regular season wins in the MLS. To make things more interesting, the league changed the start times of both teams' games so they coincide. Either way, the Red Bulls have sealed their own fate into the playoffs and will host the Conference Semi-Finals Sunday, November 8th at Red Bull Arena. Photos above are from this weekend's win over Philadelphia; enjoy!
New York City FC still showed some shakiness in their defense giving up two quick goals in the second half, but in end were able to secure the win over the San Jose Quakes 3-2 at home at Yankee Stadium. Ned Grabavoy tallied two goals while David Villa scored his 16th of the season to clinch the win.
For this game I shot both halves from the first base line dugout with two remotes firing, a 14mm wide angle behind the goal, and a 70-200mm on a super-clamp shooting down from the upper deck. Remotes are always hit or miss, and usually rely on close play in front of the goal, but I felt pretty good about a handful of the shots. Hope you like!
Things looked grim for the New York Red Bulls last Friday night as the Chicago Fire went up 2-0 in the first half, but the Red Bulls fought hard to come from behind ultimately winning 3-2 in front of the home crowd. The win puts them in the lead of the Easter Conference 15 points ahead of the playoff cutoff line.
This late in the season I felt like mixing things up a little bit and shot the entire game from the catwalk. To grab a couple different angles I also mounted two other cameras on magic arms, one on the catwalk behind the goal, the other above the scoreboard looking straight down on the goal.
Fun match tonight between Brazil and Costa Rica..Both teams brought out the big guns and played a tight match with Brazil edging out the lovable Ticos 1-0 at Red Bull Arena. I'm totally zonked from shooting, but hope you enjoy!
Some of the biggest stars in the world on the field, and yet a 16 year-old from upstate finds the net on the way to victory...
An almost prepubescent version of the New York Red Bulls defeated European powerhouse Chelsea 4-2 at home last night in Red Bull Arena.
Years ago when top European teams would come to the United States, they'd bring a very small number of their big stars while their actual squads that took the field were mostly young up-and-coming academy players who would then take on the first teams of their American opponents. The opposite was true last night at Red Bull Arena where circumstances would have the New York Red Bulls putting forth a team made up of almost entirely academy players against the 2015 Barclays (English) Premier League Champions and global power-house Chelsea. Having played a US Open Cup the night before through over-time and into a shoot-out with Philadelphia, the Red Bulls first team sat in the stands to cheer on their younger counterparts. Only two of the twenty-one Red Bulls who suited up see any kind of regular action on the first team, but on the whole they played together and with confidence. Chelsea tried to put the pedal to the metal at times, but each time they scored the Red Bulls fired back tallying goal after goal. Needless to say the outcome wasn't anything any of us on the field would have predicted but the atmosphere was great on another wonderful night in Harrison, New Jersey.
I was happy Chelsea brought out the big guns giving playing time to Courtois, Oscar, John Terry, Diego Costa, Ivanovic, Eden Hazard, and Cesc Fabergas among others.
New York City FC continues picking on teams from the great white north by picking up a point off of Toronto FC with a 4-4 tie. Three notable US Team stars were absent on Gold Cup Duty: Mix Diskerud, Jozy Altidore, and Michael Bradley. Sunday's game marked the debut of two possible stand-out stars, the experienced Andoni Iraola and the fierce new young gun Angelino. NYCFC's next home game against Orlando FC will (hopefully) feature two even bigger stars, Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo. NYC still hangs in the playoff hunt despite a mediocre start to their season; anything is possible as they keep adding firepower to the lineup. How all these new names will mesh however remains to be seen.
After traveling roughly 3,500 miles by highway back and forth between New York City and Canada for four weeks I have to say I'm pretty worn out, but it's been a heck of a ride. I was able to photograph seven matches at the Women's World Cup in both Ottawa and Montreal. Two days after shooting the United States Women's National Team against China in the Women's World Cup Quarterfinals I had the distinct pleasure of shooting the second meeting of the New York City derby match between the New York Red Bulls and NYCFC. More than 48,000 fans packed into Yankee Stadium rooting for both sides. Though the home squad NYCFC went up 1-0 in the first half, the Red Bulls rallied back to win 3-1. I was proud to see one of baseball's most iconic stadiums packed nearly to the brim for a regular season soccer game!
We're into the knockout rounds, so every match counts that much more, and ironically the large tallies of 4+ goals we saw in the group stages matter less. France came out of the gate strong Saturday against Korea in Montreal's Olympic Stadium scoring twice in the first eight minutes. They didn't seem to officially let up any, but when you're already up by two goals the pressure isn't the same as when you're tied or even down. France was able to make some subs to give more players a chance on the field, and let others rest before their big match this coming Friday against fellow European powerhouse Germany. I was really happy to retrieve my remote camera behind the goal to find the gem shown here first, which was France's third goal scored by #18 Marie Laure Delie in the 48th minute. The other two goals happened on the other half of the field, so I was very happy to really nail this one.
Meanwhile, further west, the United States was able to pull out a win over Colombia putting them into the quarterfinals where they'll face China this coming Friday in Ottawa.
For the first World Cup match of my shooting career, Norway made it easy by defeating Thailand 4-0 at Lansdowne Stadium in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. Here are a few shots from the first match of the day, and a very happy group of Norwegians.
I liked this image from the Germany game enough that I saved it for its own post. The sun was dropping in the late afternoon sky and most of the game was happening on the other side of the field. I was grabbing a few pictures of German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer, waiting for her to look over her right shoulder so the light would hit her face when the Ivory Coast finally broke free. One of the wingers sent a ball into the box and forward Binta Diakite went up for the header. Goalkeeper Angerer went up for it and had the ball in her hands but couldn't keep it on the way down. Arms and legs went everywhere as neither player was able to retain possession. A German defender was able to clear the ball, but not before I got this shot. Hoping for some more good stuff this weekend though the indoor Olympic Stadium in Montreal won't have the advantage of natural sunlight.
Just about everything that could go wrong did the week before heading off to Canada for Women's World Cup 2015, but in the end I was extremely delighted to get my credentials and make it down to the field for my first World Cup. Both matches in Ottawa were won in convincing fashion with Norway defeating Thailand 4-0, and Germany taking the Ivory Coast with a whopping 10-0. This weekend I'm excited to be in Montreal for Brazil v Spain and Korea v Costa Rica. Here are some matches from the Germany, Ivory Coast goal fest. Enjoy!
Last year I was happy to shoot the US Men's National Team two weeks before they shipped off to World Cup 2014 Brazil, and I'm happy to have had the opportunity to shoot the US Women's National Team this past Saturday one week before their first match in World Cup 2015 Canada.
Though the match could have seen a little more excitement, ending in a 0-0 tie to another WC 2015 team Korea, a lot of different players got playing time on the pitch, and probably more importantly, no one got hurt. Red Bull Arena was packed to the gills with a sell-out crowd. Many of us photographers were whispering to each other that we didn't really get too many shots, but with the new white uniforms, the day actually turned into a decent portrait session.
I always feel like it's an honor and a pleasure shooting any of the US Teams; this weekend didn't feel any different, and though I probably won't get to shoot them in the actual World Cup I'll be cheering them on wherever I'll be!
The first ever cross-town rivalry match between the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC is in the books with the Red Bulls winning at home 2-1. The atmosphere in the stadium was absolutely electric; the noise from both ends was as loud as I've ever heard at Red Bull Arena. In the end, despite Matt Miazga being sent off in the first half, Bradley Wright-Phillips was able to take advantage of holes in the NYCFC defense netting two goals for the win.
Last night New York City FC lost 3-1 at home to defending supporter's shield and US Open Cup winners the Seattle Sounders. NYCFC's trajectory of seven straight losses isn't unfamiliar territory for an MLS expansion team, though I agree with Alexi Lalas's statement something to the effect of the novelty of coming to Yankee Stadium to watch a losing team will wear off fast. While the Seattle Sounders fared the best of the expansion teams snapping their opening season losing streak at six, New York is facing a number of injuries that might make it harder to accomplish. For a group of guys who have known each other less than year I thought they came out of the gate with strong with good team play, but as the season goes on the starters are looking a little tired. Maybe with a few extra players and as injuries with their current roster heal they'll be able to shift momentum in a positive direction.
New York City FC went up 1-0 in the second half with a scorcher of a goal from Medhi Ballouchy, but couldn't hold off the Philadelphia Union attack letting in an equalizer in the 86th minute from CJ Sapong. David Villa started the match, but sat out the second half; Mix Diskerud was resting after playing in Wednesday's US Men's National Team match against Mexico.
Argentina faced Ecuador last Tuesday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey as part of a two game prep for the upcoming Copa America tournament in Chile. An hour of rain turned into a half hour of snow before finally letting up. No surprise, the recently injured Lionel Messi didn't push his luck under the tough conditions. Ecuador fought hard, but in the end Argentina maintained the upper-hand winning 2 goals to 1.
The New York Red Bulls are off to a raucous start to the 20th MLS regular season. Last week Dax McCarty connected a long ball to last year's league scoring leader Bradley Wright-Phillips who was able to drive it into the net against long-time rival DC United. Lloyd Sam was able to secure the 2-0 win with a second half scorcher past 2014 MLS goalkeeper of the year, DC's Bill Hamid. The Red Bulls remain undefeated through three games and find themselves on top of the Eastern Conference table.