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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


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!

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.

David versus Goliath (Red Bulls Academy v Chelsea)

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Henry Leaving New York

It's been an honor and a privilege watching one of the best players to play the game in person, but the New Red Bulls have officially announced that Thierry Henry will not return in 2015.  At age 37, Henry fulfilled his contract with the Red Bulls and has decided not to extend.  Henry leaves the team as leader in assists, shots, game winning goals, as well as game winning assists.  Thanks for your time here.  We will all miss you greatly.

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. 

Luyindula Scores

More to come soon, but the New York Red Bulls won the first of two games against MLS league powerhouse DC United.  Peguy Luyindula made an exceptional run past the DC defense, met with an equally exceptional service from Thierry Henry to put the Red Bulls up 2-0. 

Red Bulls Take Down Champs


What an amazing finish at Red Bull Arena last night.  After Sporting Kansas City put in a goal in the second half, the feeling in the crowd felt very familiar.  What no one expected was two goals in the last thirty minutes from MLS league golden boot Bradley Wright-Phillips.  The Red Bulls made it out of the knockout round and will play DC United this coming Sunday at home.

Crew Cruises Past the Red Bulls


The Columbus Crew made things tough for the Red Bulls Sunday defeating them 3-1.  New York had already guaranteed themselves a spot in the playoffs, but who and where they play is still up in the air.  

Three much needed points


The New York Red Bulls pick up three much needed points with the playoffs looming and only three home games left.  In other news, Bradley Wright-Phillips is an absolute animal; he posted no less than three goals to lengthen his lead as MLS leading scorer with a real shot to set the all time MLS single-season scoring record.  The South Ward kept busy setting off smoke grenades after all four of the Red Bulls' goals as they held the Seattle Sounders to one goal; the smoke made for some fun shots as BWP put his second into the net. 

Cahill tallys a late goal

Tim Cahill breaks his MLS scoring dry spell (although he's had some amazing finishes in the international arena) this Saturday against the Seattle Sounders.  The Red Bulls pick up an important three points with only three home games left in the regular season.

Red Bulls beat Arsenal


While we all know the win wasn't against Arsenal's first team, we can still be happy about a great summer of soccer in the United States and wonderful friendly between the UK giant and our own New York Red Bulls.  Fans on both sides cheered the man of the match..Arsenal's leading goal scorer, and as of late all time Red Bulls assist leader, the great Thierry Henry. 

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

Chris Wondolowski back from the World Cup

Chris Wondolowski back from the World Cup

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


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.