As I write this post I look back at my previous blog posts and realize it has only been four months since I photographed my first professional soccer match. A couple of weeks ago I was approached by the Tampa Bay Rowdies and the team's photographer and offered to be the official photographer for Saturday's game against FC Edmonton as he headed up to Jacksonville to cover the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Jacksonville. I accepted and here's the photo highlights.Read More
Tampa Bay Rowdies
The Tampa Bay Rowdies hosted the New York Cosmos at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg on Saturday night in a game that started off making me question why I sold my Counting Crows tickets (which was also last night) but ended with me chanting with Ralph's Mob.
The Rowdies were coming off last week's 3-0 win over Puerto Rico FC and an amazing bicycle kick goal from Joe Cole (which I missed the shot on) so I expected a similar level of excitement, however, the first half was a bit disappointing. After the coin toss I positioned myself on the Cosmos goal line hoping to catch a "play of the week" type goal similar to the shot I missed last week.
After the first 20-25 minutes I realized New York had their stuff together! Every time the Rowdies pushed into the Cosmo's zone they were overpowered by a strong and physical New York defense.Read More
When I was in 3rd grade I played soccer for a single season, I have two memories of my soccer days.
1. I was playing as a defender and the ball was kicked down to our side and rolled out of bounds...or so I thought. The ball actually rolled outside the penalty area line, which I took as the end of the field, it was still in play as I stand there wondering why the whistle wasn't blown and as the other team came in to take the ball to a goal.