Blog-Views From the Sidelines
Photo professional living and working in NYC
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.