World Cup, This Is Not

Maybe I’ve been spoiled by all the World Cup coverage, but it’s staggering to see the difference between the levels of play in the MLS — the top flight of American soccer — and the premier international tournament.

Last night, I was dispatched down to Foxboro to cover the return of the MLS season after their so-called “World Cup” break, photographing the matchup between the Chicago Fire and the New England Revolution. It was just relentless long ball after long ball into the box with little discipline or creativity on the part of the players. Very frustrating to watch as someone who’s been playing this game his whole life.

Here are some photos from the game, which the Fire won, 1-0.

6.27.2010 — FOXBORO, Mass. — Revolution defender Emmanuel Osei misses on his bicycle kick clear ahead of Chicago midfielder Baggio Husidic on June 27, 2010.


6.27.2010 — FOXBORO, Mass. — Chicago Fire striker Brian McBride jumps over a sliding Emmanuel Osei in the first half against the Revolution on June 27, 2010.


6.27.2010 — FOXBORO, Mass. — Revolution midfielder Shalrie Joseph gets tangled up with Chicago defender Logan Pause in a 1-0 loss to the Fire on June 27, 2010.


6.27.2010 — FOXBORO, Mass. — Revolution striker Kenny Mansally wins an air ball against Chicago midfielder Marco Pappa in a 1-0 loss to the fire on June 27, 2010.


6.27.2010 — FOXBORO, Mass. — Revolution midfielder Marko Perovic shows his furstration after a missed opportunity in a 1-0 loss to the Chicago Fire on June 27, 2010.

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