Blog-Views From the Sidelines

Photo professional living and working in NYC

Red Bulls Continue to Slide

The New York Red Bulls continued their slide this past Saturday at home falling to Sporting Kansas City 0-2.  The Red Bulls sit one spot above last place in the Eastern Conference with only one win and four losses.  With so many empty seats in the stands I decided to shoot from the mezzanine, and with a lack of shots on goal played around with a slower shutter speed to blur motion.  Hope you like!

Villanova Takes Down St. John's

St. John's and Seton Hall at the Garden

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Fordham Beats Davidson at Home

Fordham played tough and put the hurt on Davidson beating them at home 91-82.  For this one I decided to mix it up a bit and left my 70-200 mm lens at home in lieu of a 300 mm prime. Hope you like!

LIU Blackbirds Flying High

The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds continued a great start to their season with a win tonight over UMass Lowell at home 84-72.  This was only my second basketball game, but I'm getting a better feel for it.  Hope you like! 

Eastern Conference Finals

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! 

Somewhat Lackluster

Red Bulls in Fine Form

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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!

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!

Red Bulls Put Out the Fire

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.

Citi Open, Qualies Day 1

Some goodies from the fist day of shooting at the Citi Open in Washington DC..  Still 'switching modes' over to tennis from soccer, but excited for the week to come.  We had some great light this afternoon; I always love when the background goes dark.  Hope you like!

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! 

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 - Costa Rica v Korea

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I've never seen a team celebrate harder for a tie.  Costa Rica knew they needed to walk away with at least a point against Korea this past Sunday at Montreal's Olympic Stadium to have any chance of moving on to the knockout rounds.  A goal late in second half sent the Costa Rican team and fans alight as both erupted into a fervor fit more for the finals.  In the end the Ticas would fall short of the knockout rounds, but not without leaving everything they had on the field. 

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. 

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!