Blog-Views From the Sidelines

Photo professional living and working in NYC

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. 

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. 

My Favorite Shot From This Weekend - Germany v Ivory Coast

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.     

Red Bulls Remain Undefeated Through Six Games

I'm sure they would have rather walked away with the win, but the New York Red Bulls kept their undefeated streak alive through six games tying the LA Galaxy 1-1 at home at Red Bull Arena yesterday.  The up and coming 18 year old Galaxy forward Bradford Jamieson IV slotted his first ever MLS goal early in the first half, but the Red Bulls were able to counter with an almost fluke ricochet header off Felipe Martins.  The Red Bulls have quick turn-around facing the Colorado Rapids Wednesday of this week. 

A Very Cold and Snowy Argentina vs Ecuador

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. 

Red Bulls Win Home Opener Against Rivals DC

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. 

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. 

Red Bulls in the Driver's Seat

The Red Bulls head into the weekend in the drivers seat in the Eastern Conference Semifinal having beaten DC United 2-0 at home.  DC has a chance for redemption, but winning and away goals mean everything in an aggregate playoff and halfway to go they have neither. 

Inter Milan takes Roma at Lincoln Financial Field

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Two storied Italian Serie A clubs Inter Milan and Roma squared off as part of the 2014 Guinness International Champions Cup at the home of the Philadelphia Eagles, Lincoln Financial Field.  Inter would grab the win scoring two goals to none. 

Bayern Munich fends off Chivas

Now is the summer of our dis-content for Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola.  The German champs came to the United States on a two game tour, first a friendly against Club Deportivo Guadalajara (Chivas) at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ, followed by a game in Portland against the MLS All-Stars.  While Bayern was able to subdue Chivas, the win didn't come without a lot of hacking and clawing at ankles and knees.  No one told either team that the game was a friendly, and several skirmishes broke out throughout the game.  Manager Guardiola was even more animated as the stars of the MLS, all currently mid-way into their season, came at his team full throttle toppling the German giants 2-1.  US National teamer Julian Green watched from the sidelines for the Chivas match, but was able to see action in Portland against the All-Stars.

Liverpool takes Manchester City down in penalties at Yankee Stadium

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Another instance of 'no one told these guys it was a friendly,' as Barclays Premier League champs Manchester City took on the team they squeaked by to win their title, Liverpool.  The match took place in a nearly sold-out crowd in New York's Yankee Stadium as part of the 2014 Guinness International Champions Cup, though bragging rights may have made for higher stakes for the two teams.  After ending regulation time 2-2, Liverpool won in penalty kicks with Liverpool and Belgian National Team goalkeeper Simon Mignolet saving the day. 

The EPL in America - Crystal Palace

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Philadelphia has a great little stadium perched under a bridge on the Delaware River; the people are nice, and the experience is intimate.  Crystal Palace marks my first time being on the field with a team from the English (read Barclays) Premier League.  We could have asked for a more exciting game; the Philadelphia Union gave up an early own goal and Palace decided to protect the win more than taking risks in the pre-season friendly.  Palace wins 1-0.