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Brazil Tops Costa Rica

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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!

Into the knockout rounds - FRA v KOR

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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. 

Germany Still Looking Fierce: GER v SWE

Germany looked fierce yesterday toppling fellow European opponents Sweden 4-1 at in the Round of 16 at Lansdowne Stadium in Ottawa, Ontario Canada.  I can't help but think about how unsettled the United States looked in their tie with Sweden in the group stages and what that could mean further down the line should the US and German teams play.  The United States has a way of pulling out underdog wins, but the Germans are looking cool and composed, winning with skill rather than a hope and heart.   

Between my four cameras I was able to get a variety of different shots.  I had a remote with a wide-angle firing behind the goal, with another remote clamped to the light-board close to the left corner flag, then my two bodies as I set near where the 18-yard box hits the endline.  Hope you like!

Women's World Cup: Brazil v Spain

This was the match I almost missed.  After our Greyhound driver fell asleep at the wheel and drove us at highway speed into the median eventually ending up on top of the guard rail, all bets were off.  After 7 hours of delays I made my way into Monteal's Olympic Stadium about five minutes into the first half.  I had to wait until the first half ended to take a seat on the field, but was able to snap Brazil's celebration from the one and only goal of the match.  Brazil clinched the top spot in Group E and will now move on to the knockout rounds. 

First World Cup Match of my Career

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. 

Germany looks to dominate. Period.

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!

USA World Cup Sendoff

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!

USA Defeats Turkey 2-1

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The United States defeated Turkey this past Sunday 2-1 inside Red Bull Arena in the second of their three game run-up to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil later this month.  While the US could have played a more tidy game, a couple of stars shone through with key plays.  Twenty-six year old defender Fabian Johnson nailed home his first international goal off a gem of a short-lob from Michael Bradley.  The United States will finish off this series against Nigeria June 7th in Jacksonville, Florida before hitting Estadio das Dunas against Ghana in the first round of the World Cup.

US Men's National Team Practice

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The boys in red, white, and blue ran through the paces today in front of an open public crowd at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.  A few thousand fans came out to cheer on the US Men's National Team before their friendly tomorrow against Turkey as a warm-up send-off to the 2014 World Cup this month in Brazil.  This stayed fairly light, with the exception of Clint Dempsey staying down after a hard tackle.  Helped back on his feet after a few seconds on the ground grabbing his leg, he limped back into the scrimmage and didn't seem too worse for wear.  Looking forward to see how the friendly goes tomorrow.  Fun to think these guys are going to be on the big stage in only two short weeks.

US Men's National Soccer Team Press Conference

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The USMNT took a little time today to speak to the press before returning their focus to this coming Sunday's match against Turkey at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.  The team is swinging through town on a three game run-up to the World Cup coming up shortly in Brazil.  Having grown up watching a long haired young Jurgen Klinsman smashing in goals on old VHS tapes I was especially excited to see him in person.  I would have loved to have seen Landon Donovan as well, but those are the breaks.  Looking forward to watching the team in their open public practice tomorrow at 11:00 am, also across the river at Red Bull Arena.