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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November 6, 2012 – MLS Photos of the Week – MLS Playoffs

This past Friday (Nov 2nd) I was assigned to photograph the first leg of the MLS playoffs between the Seattle Sounders FC and Real Salt Lake in Seattle. These are a few of my favorite images from the game. Enjoy!

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Nov 3, 2011 – Photos of the Day

Today’s photos of the day were taken last night while covering the MLS playoff game between the Seattle Sounders FC and Real Salt Lake in Seattle, WA. It was an action packed game with lots of scoring opportunities which allowed us photographers to capture action shots all night long. Oh, did I mention it was raining? Enjoy!

Nov 2, 2011; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Sounders FC forward Fredy Montero (17) heads the ball over the top of Real Salt Lake defender Robbie Russell (3) during the 2nd half at Centurylink Field. Seattle defeated Real Salt Lake 2-0.

 

Nov 2, 2011; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Sounders FC forward Sammy Ochoa (19) and Real Salt Lake defender Chris Schuler (28) jump up to head the ball during the 2nd half at Centurylink Field. Seattle defeated Real Salt Lake 2-0.

 

Nov 2, 2011; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Sounders FC defender Jeff Parke (31) heads the ball over Real Salt Lake forward Alvaro Saborio (15) during the 1st half at Centurylink Field.

 

Nov 2, 2011; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Mike Fucito (2) and Real Salt Lake defender Chris Schuler (28) fight for the ball during the 1st half at Centurylink Field.

 

Nov 2, 2011; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Lamar Neagle (27) keeps the ball inbounds while Real Salt Lake midfielder Ned Grabavoy (20) and defender Robbie Russell (3) apply defensive pressure during the 2nd half Centurylink Field. Seattle defeated Real Salt Lake 2-0.

 

Nov 2, 2011; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Sounders FC defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (34) reacts after being defeated by the Real Salt Lake in total aggregate goals after the game at Centurylink Field.