Posted 2011/10/19 by sfshwebb in Game Action, USMNT. 5 Comments
Matt Mathai is a our resident photographer. NUF SAID!
His story and affiliation with US Soccer and MLS is deep; you can check it out here.
Posted by Jim on 2011/10/19 at 7:58 AM
USA slips to #34 in FIFA Rankings. That’s about right. Look at table below and above them. USA would be expected to beat teams behind them and lose to teams ahead of them. I know fans have unrealistic expectations. For USMNT in 2014, a round of 16 appearance is success given player pool and any yet hidden gems. As they move to round of 16, the begin to face teams ahead of them in rankings. And especially if they get to quarters. 2018 is much, much more realistic.
As Klinsmann continues to try new players, he’s actually taking a step back. And he’s finding that the talent pool isn’t there. Ten years ago, Mexico had maybe 1 or 2 players in Europe. Now they have many. That’s part of reason they are now a contender. They also revamped their youth system. it will take time USMNT fans.
Posted by totalsoccershow daryl on 2011/10/19 at 8:13 AM
Love those player portraits. SO much more human and revealing than the posed “look straight at the camera and do your game face” shots we usually see. Top work.
Posted by Josh on 2011/10/19 at 8:58 AM
When I clicked on the link above to RT it gave me a “page not found”
Posted by kaya on 2011/10/19 at 9:36 AM
… and to bring the relevant comments back up to 50%:
That pic of Danny Williams is doing it for me. He should probably be on the kickette radar
In a little more serious vein, the rain makes for a particularly nice effect in many of the photos.
Posted by Matt Mathai on 2011/10/19 at 11:08 AM
Rain does make for some very interesting and dramatic shots. It’s also a complete PITA to shoot it, esp. when you’re juggling two cameras.
Here’s one of my favorite rain images. There’s nothing special happening, but it just looks interesting.
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