My son is an avid soccer player, has been in an organized league for four years now. Vancouver has a team, the Whitecaps, in the USL, one down from MLS. As a promotion, the boy’s team was invited to a match, some of them to march out with the players, some to play a mini-game at half-time. I went along and took the camera.
The Whitecaps draw four or five thousand to Swangard Stadium; there are stands only on one side; the other has trees, very pleasing to the eye.
Here’s a shot from the kids’ game at half-time.
I’d actually rather take pictures of the people in the stands than the players; which meant shooting across the field.
Still, the players’ faces are interesting too.
And I have to say, the game was damn entertaining. The visitors took two leads and Vancouver equalized both times. The goals, it must be admitted, were mostly scrambles and rebounds rather than cannon-shots from range, but still.
I actually managed to capture the winning goal, by Vancouver in the 88th minute. There was a high, soft corner from the keeper’s left; you can see the ball.
The keeper got his hands on it, but in a crowd. The ball came loose, maybe due to contact, and the visitors were heavily outnumbered in front of their own goal in the scramble; that was the game.
The keeper was pissed enough, claiming he’d been fouled, to get a yellow card from the referee, who was a woman by the way. I dunno, there was contact for sure but she had good position on the play.
I do love pointing the big ol’ telephoto at sports.