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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! 

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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!

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. 

USA World Cup Sendoff

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!

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. 

Heartbreak in Harrison

While the New York Red Bulls are not out of the Western Conference Finals of the MLS Cup Playoffs, they've created an uphill battle for themselves.  Both teams came out fierce, as evidenced by the ten, yes ten yellow cards.  The New England Revolution with 2-1 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

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.

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.

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.

US Men's National Team Practice

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The boys in red, white, and blue ran through the paces today in front of an open public crowd at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.  A few thousand fans came out to cheer on the US Men's National Team before their friendly tomorrow against Turkey as a warm-up send-off to the 2014 World Cup this month in Brazil.  This stayed fairly light, with the exception of Clint Dempsey staying down after a hard tackle.  Helped back on his feet after a few seconds on the ground grabbing his leg, he limped back into the scrimmage and didn't seem too worse for wear.  Looking forward to see how the friendly goes tomorrow.  Fun to think these guys are going to be on the big stage in only two short weeks.

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.