So since I last covered the Boston Breakers, these ladies have been on quite a tear, winning three straight games in July, culminating with Sunday’s 2-1 win over the Washington Freedom.
This was a pretty fun game, with the Breakers outplaying the Freedom for the most part, getting it done with a strong possession game, solid passing and excellent movement off the ball — just the kind of technical soccer I like to see! And definitely a far cry from the long-ball fest I covered at the Revolution a few weeks ago.
Here’s a few from the Breakers’ convincing win Sunday:
7.18.2010 — BOSTON — Boston Breakers striker Lauren Cheney gets a push from Washington's Cat Whitehill in Boston's 2-1 win on July 18, 2010.
7.18.2010 — BOSTON — Boston Breakers defender Ifeoma Dieke wins a header against Washington's Kristi Eveland in Boston's 2-1 win on July 18, 2010.
7.18.2010 — BOSTON — Boston Breakers midfielder Lindsay Tarpley congratulates midfielder Jordan Angeli on her game-winning goal against Washington in their 2-1 win on July 18, 2010. Angeli scored off Tarpley's deflected header attempt.
7.18.2010 — BOSTON — Boston Breakers midfielder Jordan Angeli, facing, is mobbed by teammates after her game-winning goal against Washington in their 2-1 win as Washington midfielder Brittany Bock walks past on July 18, 2010.
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.
I haven’t shot soccer in a few years — been playing a hell of a lot more than photographing, that’s for sure. It’s easily my favorite sport after baseball, but being stateside, opportunities to photograph the world’s game are few and far between.
Here’s a few from the recently revived Women’s Professional Soccer league, featuring the hometown Boston Breakers and the visiting Chicago Red Stars. A frustrating loss for the Breakers, who were blanked, 2-0, by the then-winless Red Stars.
5.1.2010 — BOSTON — Boston Breakers midfielder Kristine Lilly fights for possesion with Chicago Red Stars midfielder Formiga in Chicago's 2-0 on May 1, 2010.
5.1.2010 — BOSTON — Boston Breakers midfielder Kristine Lilly reacts after her shot missed left against Chicago on May 1, 2010.
5.1.2010 — BOSTON — Breakers goalkeeper Ashley Phillips and defender Kasey Moore react after CHicago striker Cristiane, dancing in back, scored Chicago's second goal in their 2-0 win on May 1, 2010.