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