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!

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!

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! 

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!

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

Red Bulls Tie San Jose 1 - 1

The controversial handball in the box resulting in the Bradley Wright-Phillips penalty kick

The controversial handball in the box resulting in the Bradley Wright-Phillips penalty kick

Bradley Wright-Phillips scoring on the resulting penalty kick

Bradley Wright-Phillips scoring on the resulting penalty kick

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Chris Wondolowski back from the World Cup

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The New York Red Bulls went up 1-0 in the first half after a controversial handball in the box resulting in a Bradley Wright-Phillips penalty kick.  The Red Bulls couldn't hold off the lead in the end allowing a goal with only minutes to spare left in the game.

Red Bulls Pick up a Win

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After a string of ties the New York Red Bulls pick up a solid win against the Columbus Crew 4-1 this past Saturday.  Bradley Wright-Phillips continued his scoring tirade, and the veteran Thierry Henry even picked up a seemingly effortless goal.  The Red Bulls take on the Philadelphia Union this coming Wednesday before returning home to play the San Jose Earthquakes 7/19.

Red Bulls Tie Toronto FC 2-2

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Fans hold up a sign in celebration of Pride Month

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Tim Cahill warms up on the sidelines a few days after flying back from World Cup 2014 in Brazil

Tim Cahill warms up on the sidelines a few days after flying back from World Cup 2014 in Brazil

With the group stage of the World Cup over, the New York Red Bulls were back in action against Toronto FC in regular season MLS play at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.  Michael Bradley was of course still in Brazil, playing with the USA today against Belgium in the first of the knockout rounds.  Tim Cahill suited up only a day or two after arriving back from Brazil; his left-footed volley from over the shoulder to the top of the net has to have been one of the best goals of World Cup 2014.  This was my first time seeing Jermaine Defoe, former English national-teamer; the guy is tiny, but faaast.

The Red Bulls struggled for momentum and went down 2-1 to Toronto.  Near the 70th minute coach Peke called up play-maker Cahill into the game; the crowd went wild.  Cahill made waves assisting Bradley Wright-Phillips with a goal in the 93rd minute of play. 

I'm happy to have signed an agreement with ISI Photos; pardon the watermark.

Nine Goal Game

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The New York Red Bulls fought hard at home, but after letting the Chicago Fire score five goals couldn't pull out the win.  The Red Bull Goalkeeper Robles looked a little off all night, and the fire offense seemed to gain confidence every time they were able to put it past him.  Australian national teamer Tim Cahill nailed a stunner off his head to answer 1-1 in the first half.  Both sides were tackling hard and and pulling at each others' jerseys all night.  With nine total goals, the Red Bulls go down in an exciting but still disappointing game.

Red Bulls into the Playoffs

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The New York Red Bulls clinched a spot in the playoffs Saturday with a 2-2 nail-biter against the New England Revolution.  Fabian Espindola scored an early goal to a raucous hometown crowd.  The Red Bulls carried that through the 85th minute until Lee Nguyen tied things up to a controversial penalty kick.  The Revolution went up by one goal minutes later changing the whole tone of the game.  Everything came down to one last Red Bulls free kick from near the corner; even goalie Luis Robles left his line to jump in the mix.  Midfielder Tim Cahill was able to get a head on the ball after a bit of bouncing around to put in the back of the next in the 97th minute.

I've never seen a more electric crowd, especially for the size; I literally had goosebumps.