Miami FC 2017 Season Home Opener

When you’re a Miami sports photographer you really never have an off or down season. There is always something to photograph sports wise. My latest assignment has been to photograph the Miami FC soccer club. This would be my first time photographing soccer, so I was really excited about it.

Walking into FIU Stadium, where the Miami FC play, I was not sure of what to expect. When I photograph football games, I’m usually 5-10 yards away from the action. With soccer, I was 3 feet from the field. The action was that close. Good news was that I was so close to the field. Bad news, as I witnessed in warm-ups, I’m so close that the ball can hit me at any time and with a high rate of speed. I saw an fan take an errant shot to the face 15 yards away from the goal. I felt their pain, but I didn’t want to physically feel their pain.

The home opening match against the New York Cosmos gave some great insights on how to photograph a soccer match. The action was constant and the ball was being passed all over the field. What I really enjoyed was the pace of the game. No timeouts or commercial breaks. Just soccer for 45 minutes straight then a brief halftime followed by another 45 minutes of soccer.

While the Miami FC did not win the match, I had an amazing time photographing it. I can’t wait to photograph the remaining matches. My goal for the season is to come away with more appreciation for the sport of soccer as well as some amazing action shots that really tell the story from the match.

One match down, many to go.

FIU Stadium
FIU Stadium with the sun setting prior to kickoff
The referee picks up the ball
The referee picks up the ball prior to the start of the match
Players walk out with kids prior to the match
players walk out with kids prior to the match
Miami FC players stand for the National Anthem
Miami FC players stand for the National Anthem
Loyal Miami FC fans
Loyal Miami FC fans
A battle for the ball between Miami FC and the New York Cosmos
A battle for the ball between Miami FC and the New York Cosmos
Miami FC defender, Hunter Freeman, passes the ball
Miami FC defender, Hunter Freeman, passes the ball
A Miami FC player heads the ball
A Miami FC player heads the ball
Miami FC forward, Vincenzo Rennella, attempts a shot on goal
Miami FC forward, Vincenzo Rennella, attempts a shot on goal
Battle for the ball
Battle for the ball
New York Cosmos midfielder, Juan Guerra, tries to keep the ball away from Vincenzo Rennella
New York Cosmos midfielder, Juan Guerra, tries to keep the ball away from Vincenzo Rennella
New York Cosmos defender, Dejan Jakovic, heads the ball
New York Cosmos defender, Dejan Jakovic, heads the ball
Miami FC forward, Stefano Pinho, tries to keep the ball away from the defender
Miami FC forward, Stefano Pinho, tries to keep the ball away from the defender
Miami FC midfielder, Kwadwo Poku, tires to dribble past a defender
Miami FC midfielder, Kwadwo Poku, tires to dribble past a defender
Miami FC midfielder, Kwadwo Poku, attempts a shot
Miami FC midfielder, Kwadwo Poku, attempts a shot
Goalie, Jimmy Maurer, collapses on the shot by Miami FC
Goalie, Jimmy Maurer, collapses on the shot by Miami FC
Miami FC Season Opener
Miami FC midfielder, Robert Baggio Kcira, prepares to strike the ball
New York Cosmos goalie, Jimmy Maurer, punches the ball away
New York Cosmos goalie, Jimmy Maurer, punches the ball away

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