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MLS Seattle Sounders tie 1-1 LA Galaxy

Posted in assignment work, Downtown Seattle, editorial work, sports, Washington by bermanphotos on May 12, 2009

I covered the MLS Seattle Sounders as they tied 1-1 with the LA Galaxy. Although they were without David Beckham, the LA Galaxy put on a rough and rowdy game, really sparring all over the pitch with the Seattle Sounders.

I was shooting the match for the Seattle PI alongside my boss Josh Trujillo. We decided before the game that I would spend most of my time shooting features while he covered the action on the pitch. To me this the more fun assignment — just walk around the stadium and look for interesting people and moments.

But let’s back up a moment and go to the start of my day: a text message from Josh telling me there was a pre-match rally going on a 1/4 mile away in Occidental Park, in historic Pioneer Square. Often there is a pre-match rally and a band will play as much of the crowd gathers around them cheering. It is a lot of fun, and you could tell that the crowd was enjoying it. They then marched as a group following the band playing them on.

Band members play at a pre-match rally before the start of the MLS Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy game May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA.

Band members play at a pre-match rally before the start of the MLS Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy game May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA.

Bruce Trahant cheers on a band playing at a pre-game match before the start of the MLS Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy game May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA.

Bruce Trahant cheers on a band playing at a pre-game match before the start of the MLS Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy game May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA.

The Seattle Sounders band performs in Occidental Park during a rally before the Sounders v. LA Galaxy match Sunday May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA.

The Seattle Sounders band performs in Occidental Park during a rally before the Sounders v. LA Galaxy match Sunday May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA.

The march made its way back to the courtyard outside Qwest Field and I went to go pick up my media credentials for the game. After successfully navigating to the southwest corner will call (why am I always on the wrong side of the stadium?) I got my creds’ and entered the stadium. The sell-out crowd was roaring already, and there was still an hour until game time.

I made my way up to the press box to set up my template captions for the event. I use software called Photo Mechanic to add basic information as my pictures are pulled off the memory cards. For this event, it added my Seattle PI photo credit, as well as “MLS Seattle Sounders v. LA Galaxy Sunday May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA.” That way at halftime and post-game, I only had to label the players in the picture and what they were doing — it saves a lot of time! If you need quick and easy software to view your photos, look no further than the industry standard for photojournalists: Photo Mechanic.

Once that was done I went down to field level and worked on some feature photos of the crowd. The crowd was a sellout 28,000-plus.

I spotted this kid leaning way over the field and asking for autographs from passing players.

Dalton Niles, 14, seeks autographs from passing players before the start of the MLS Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy game May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA.

Dalton Niles, 14, seeks autographs from passing players before the start of the MLS Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy game May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA.

I liked this shot a lot, but then I thought about how it might look from underneath him.

Dalton Niles, 14, seeks autographs from passing players before the start of the MLS Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy game May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA.

Dalton Niles, 14, seeks autographs from passing players before the start of the MLS Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy game May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA.

I can’t decide which one I like better.

Even though this guy is at almost every Sounders game, his hair and dedication are wild. -Click-

Phil Andruss looks on before the start of the MLS Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy tie game 1-1 May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA.

Phil Andruss looks on before the start of the MLS Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy tie game 1-1 May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA.

My game plan for this event was to just roam the stadium for the first half, transmit at halftime from the pressbox, and cover the action in the last half.

I wanted to try and shoot an overall from the highest point in the stadium, to showcase the packed crowd. After hiking up a ramp three stories, I found a nice vantage point high above the crowd. It was strange to be up in the stadium with nobody around, since the upper deck is closed off for MLS games.

Some photographs from the upper deck:

Fans cheer during the MLS Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy game May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA.

Fans cheer during the MLS Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy game May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA.

The sold-out crowd during the MLS Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy game May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA.

The sold-out crowd during the MLS Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy game May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA.

The LA Galaxy score their first goal during their tie 1-1 match against MLS Seattle Sounders May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA.

The LA Galaxy score their first goal during their tie 1-1 match against MLS Seattle Sounders May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA.

MLS Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy tie game 1-1 May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

MLS Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy tie game 1-1 May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

MLS Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy tie game 1-1 May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

MLS Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy tie game 1-1 May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

MLS Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy tie game 1-1 May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

MLS Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy tie game 1-1 May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

I continued exploring for the next fifteen minutes and then found it close to halftime. I hustled back up to the pressbox to transmit.

I finished transmitting some images from the pre-match rally and the first half, and a few beats later halftime was over too.

I decided to stay up in the pressbox to finish looking at a few of the earlier photos. A few minutes later I heard a commotion and looked up: there was a pretty big scrum going on at midfield. Players arguing and shoving, and eventually, a Seattle Sounder ejected with a red card.

MLS Seattle Sounders' James Riley (#7) is pulled away by referee Tim Weyland and given a red card ejection in the 56th minute after he hit an LA Galaxy player in their 1-1 tie game May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

MLS Seattle Sounders' James Riley (#7) is pulled away by referee Tim Weyland and given a red card ejection in the 56th minute after he hit an LA Galaxy player in their 1-1 tie game May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

MLS Seattle Sounders' James Riley (#7) is pulled away by referee Tim Weyland and given a red card ejection in the 56th minute after he hit an LA Galaxy player in their 1-1 tie game May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

MLS Seattle Sounders' James Riley (#7) is pulled away by referee Tim Weyland and given a red card ejection in the 56th minute after he hit an LA Galaxy player in their 1-1 tie game May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

MLS Seattle Sounders's James Riley (#7) is ejected with a red card in the 56th minute after knocking a LA Galaxy player to the ground May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

MLS Seattle Sounders's James Riley (#7) is ejected with a red card in the 56th minute after knocking a LA Galaxy player to the ground May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Shooting through the pressbox window is not usually my preferred vantage point, but it worked out nicely for the unfolding fracas. As it turns out, it happened to be the best angle on an unusual situation. From field level, there would have been numerous possibilities to be blocked by players, refs’, etc, but shooting from the press box worked out nicely.

MLS Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy tie game 1-1 May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

MLS Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy tie game 1-1 May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

MLS Seattle Sounders' Stephen King (#15) goes flying to miss LA Galaxy goalie Donovan Ricketts in the 2nd half of play of the 1-1 tie game May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

MLS Seattle Sounders' Stephen King (#15) goes flying to miss LA Galaxy goalie Donovan Ricketts in the 2nd half of play of the 1-1 tie game May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

MLS LA Galaxy goalie Donovan Ricketts expresses disapppointment during their tie game 1-1 against the MLS Seattle Sounders May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA.

MLS LA Galaxy goalie Donovan Ricketts expresses disapppointment during their tie game 1-1 against the MLS Seattle Sounders May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA.

Seattle Sounders players warm up on the periphery of the field in the second half of their 1-1 tie game with MLS LA Galaxy Sunday May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA.

Seattle Sounders players warm up on the periphery of the field in the second half of their 1-1 tie game with MLS LA Galaxy Sunday May 10, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA.

You can check out more of my work at www.bermanphotos.com.

Thanks for looking!

Daniel

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  1. laurie said, on May 13, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Great photos. I especially like the ones of Zach Scott and Stephen King.

    If you’d ever like some linkage to bring a few more viewers your way, I’m always looking for good game photographs. Send me your favorite photo of any given match to post on my site, seattle.theoffside.com. I’d be happy to post with links to your page.

  2. twtylertalk said, on December 24, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    The Sounders have such a strong fanbase. It’s a shame how many MLS teams don’t have that type of support that they deserve, such as FC Dallas and the KC Wizards.


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