Sounders FC vs Real Salt Lake – May 31st, 2014

I am writing this a few days late, as I didn’t have time to post up the blog before flying to Vegas for a short vacation. So as I type this, I am in the air on the way home from my short, but relaxing trip (I didn’t win any money if you are wondering).

So back to the good stuff. The Saturday before flying out of Seattle, I photographed two games. First the Sounders FC vs Real Salt Lake (MLS) and the Mariner vs Detroit Tigers (MLB).

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Coming into today’s MLS game between the Sounders and RSL (short for Real Salt Lake), both teams ranked 1 & 2 in the supports shield race and both without key players who are off on World Cup duty. So in reality, this was a game of depth. Oh, did I mention that coming into this game, RSL had yet to lose a game in the 2014 season? Well to cut the story short, the Sounders FC proved how valuable RSL starting goal keeper (off on world cup duty) really is and defeated them 4-0.

Now to the photography. After shooting multiple MLS, NFL and even NCAA football games at CenturyLink Field, I have grown to love this venue….except when it’s hot outside during a MLS game. All but special occasions, CenturyLink Field is covered in astro turf. To their credit it’s a very high quality astro turf but when the Sounders FC play on the turf, the grounds crew water the heck out of the turf to slow the ball down to replicate the ball speed as if the teams were playing on natural grass. This is fine unless it’s warm enough to evaporate the water from the rubber turf surface causing heat waves. These heat waves play havoc on our auto focus systems creating soft images from about 30-40 yards out.

Have I bored you yet? Below are a few of my favorite (well, non soft keepers) from the game.

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March 1, 2012 – Photo of the Day – Fredy Montero

Today’s photo of the day is a photo of Fredy Montero (again). Last night the Sounders FC played their inaugural Community Shield charity match at CenturyLink field. This year they took on the Jaguares de Chiapas of Mexico defeating them 2-0, both goals credited to Fredy Montero. This was my first soccer game of 2012 and as expected, I was a little rusty and need to get back into my groove for the long season (March-October).

Out of all the shots of Montero, this was my favorite of the night. Enjoy!

Sounders FC forward Fredy Montero attempts a header in the goal box against the Jaguares de Chiapas at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA.

 

Feb 27, 2012 – Photo of the Day – Fredy Montero

Seattle Sounders FC forward Fredy Montero heads the ball during a cold training session on Feb 26th, 2012.

Yesterday (Sunday, Feb 27th) I traveled south of Seattle to the Sounders FC headquarters to photograph the Sounders’ training session in what would be a very chilly, sometimes snowy day. During the session, I captured this shot of Sounders FC forward Fredy Montero heading the ball out of the goal box during a scrimmage session. Enjoy!