Blog-Views From the Sidelines

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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!

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!

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. 

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 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.

Serena Wins

Serena WilliamsIn a rematch of the women's final from last year, Serena Williams was able to take down Victoria Azarenka in three sets to take home the women's championship.  Azarenka fought hard, but lost steam in the third set allowing Williams to win 6-1.  Credit: Mike Lawrence/usopen.org.

Djokovic vs. Wawrinka Semi-Final

Novak DjokovicNumber one in the world Novak Djokovic takes on ninth seed Stanislas Wawrinka today at 12:30 PM in men's semi-final action inside Arthur Ashe Stadium at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at the 2013 US Open.  Check out usopen.org for live feeds and info.  Credit: Mike Lawrence/usopen.org.

Rafa Kicks it Around a Little

i_06SEP13_14236_Nadal_Practice_Mike i_06SEP13_14225_Nadal_Practice_MikeRafael Nadal kicks the ball around a little Friday afternoon while practicing.  Nadal takes on Frenchman Richard Gasquet today, the second match in Arthur Ashe Stadium for the day.  Credits: Mike Lawrence/usopen.org.

Williams Sisters Go Down

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Venus and Serena Williams lost in women's doubles semi-final action to Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka.  The crowd got behind the Williams sisters but in the end, they didn't have enough to pull it out, losing in straight sets.  Serena will go on to the women's singles finals in a rematch of last year against Victoria Azarenka.  Credits: Mike Lawrence/usopen.org.

Hlavackova has a big day

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Mixed Doubles FinalAndrea Hlavackova had a big day winning the mixed doubles finals with Max Mirnyi, then resting a few hours and beating the Williams sisters in the women's doubles semi-finals with her partner Lucie Hradecka.  Here she is with partner Mirnyi in their mixed finals victory, as well as opposing team Abigail Spears and Santiago Gonzalez.  Credits: Mike Lawrence/usopen.org.

Nadal on to Semi-Finals

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Both racquet and ball compress as Rafael Nadal smashes a backhand back to fellow Spaniard Tommy Robredo.  Robredo had a great win over Roger Federer in the fourth round of the men's draw, but couldn't pull it together to overcome Nadal, losing in straight sets.  Nadal has a day off before hitting the big stage again for his semi-final match.  Credit: Mike Lawrence/usopen.org.

Tommy Robredo Goes Down

Tommy RobredoTommy RobredoTommy Robredo had a great run, defeating Roger Federer in the fourth round of the men's draw, but his tournament came to an end tonight by Rafael Nadal.  Nadal was all business in the all-Spanish quarterfinal taking down Robredo convincingly in straight sets.  Nadal will play Saturday in the semi-finals.  Credit: Mike Lawrence/usopen.org.  

Under the Radar

Alexander ZverevI've enjoyed covering some of the juniors this year.  While we may not know their names today, they could pop up on the radar in a few years.  First seed Alexander Zverev serves here in the final set of his second round juniors match which he won in a tiebreaker shortly thereafter.  Credit: Mike Lawrence/usopen.org.

Kohlschreiber Celebration

Kohlschreiber Celebration Philipp Kohlschreiber played Nadal pretty tough in the fourth round, but after winning the first game he scored fewer and fewer points eventually going down in four. Nadal now moves on to an all Spanish Quarterfinal against Tommy Robredo who earned his spot by upsetting Roger Federer in three sets on Louis Armstrong.  Credit: Mike Lawrence/usopen.org.

No Sweat, Robredo Takes Down Federer in Three

Tommy RobredoSpaniard Tommy Robredo took down seventh seed Roger Federer in three sets.  Due to inclement weather earlier in the day, the match was moved from Arthur Ashe Stadium to the much smaller Louis Armstrong, the first time Federer has played on Louis since 2006.  The atmosphere was electric with fans who stuck around through roughly five hours of delays.  The nineteenth seeded Robredo will play fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal in men’s quarterfinal action.  Credit: Mike Lawrence/usopen.org.

Federer Upset in Three

Roger FedererRoger Federer lost tonight to Spaniard Tommy Robredo in three sets.  Due to inclement weather earlier in the day, the match was moved from Arthur Ashe Stadium to the much smaller Louis Armstrong, the first time Federer has played on Louis since 2006.  The atmosphere was electric with fans who stuck around through roughly five hours of delays.  The nineteenth seeded Robredo will play fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal in men's quarterfinal action.  Credit: Mike Lawrence/usopen.org.