Blog-Views From the Sidelines

Photo professional living and working in NYC

What Can You Say About A Scoreless Game?

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!

NYCFC Playoff Train Continues

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!

A Much Needed Win in the Bronx

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New York City FC picked up a much needed win last night in the Bronx keeping Toronto FC scoreless in a 2-0 finish.  NYCFC is down in the points race, but not completely out of playoff contention with a few games left in the season.  After a year of controversy and injury, Frank Lampard nets his first goal for the club off a running bicycle kick assist from RJ Allen. 

For this one I decided on two remote cameras, one in the center behind the goal with a super-wide angle (14mm 2.8), and another around half-way between the six and eighteen yard boxes on the endline with a 50mm lens to catch any action in the box with the crowd behind.  As always I love my portraits and shot more of them than action.  Always fun to see members of the US National Team of which we had three in Mix, Bradley, and Altidore.  Enjoy!

Eight Goal Game

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.

Rivalry Week: New York Red Bulls v NYCFC

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! 

Hudson River Derby

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. 

NYCFC Could Use a 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 ties Philadelphia at home

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. 

NYCFC Home Opener

New Yorkers like a winner, and over 43,000 fans got what they came for in NYCFC's home opener against the New England Revolution last Sunday at Yankee Stadium.  David Villa chalked up the first goal in the first half, and with some fancy footwork set up Patrick Mullins (first shot above) steps in front of the goal to seal the deal.  Josh Saunders made a couple of key blocks, and though Juan Agudelo's near misses helped, Saunders picked up the clean sheet.  While Yankee Stadium doesn't allow smoke bombs or a lot of the noise-makers that make for a proper soccer environment, fans kept the energy alive on what was otherwise a pretty cold day.  NYCFC is away this weekend at Colorado for a duel with the Rapids and through two games remains undefeated.