Bend it like Beckham – MLS Rapids host Galaxy

My photos from Saturdays UCLA and CU game can be viewed at Cal Sport Media.  I spent all morning Saturday painting one wall in the new condo, and went and bought a new kitchen table set, then had to zoom up to Boulder for the game.  After the game, rushed home, did some more editing, then had to get ready for Sunday.  Did some more painting, then headed over to Commerce City for the LA Galaxy and Colorado Rapids MLS game.  Busy weekend.

Loved how the light hit the players in this shot of Landon Donovan as he took the field for warm ups.

September 30, 2012: Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan (10) takes the field for warmups prior to the MLS Soccer Match between the Colorado Rapids and the Los Angeles Galaxy at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado

And yes, the shadow on the wall behind Donovan is Beck’s.

There was talk that Beckham was not even going to play tonight, but after he ran some drills and I saw what was going on in the next picture, I knew David Beckham was going to be on the pitch tonight.

September 30, 2012: Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham (23) smiles at fans while having his legs rubbed down prior to the MLS Soccer Match between the Colorado Rapids and the Los Angeles Galaxy at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado

It was kind of funny, tons of people yelling for Beckham, and here he is in plain view being rubbed down by a trainer….

It was another one of those nights though.  My 7D was still acting up a bit, so while action was at the far end of the field, I decided to play around with my custom functions to see if something was amiss, and then I saw it.  One of my custom functions was not set to what I originally set it at.  So far, after resetting it, things look at tad better.  It will take more playing around.

September 30, 2012: With Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham (23) looking on, teammate Landon Donovan (10) receives a yellow card after complaining about a foul called on him during the MLS Soccer Match between the Colorado Rapids and the Los Angeles Galaxy at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado

Early in the game, it looked like Landon Donovan was going to score.  He was in front of the goal, with a Rapids defender on him tight, holding the jersey some, and to get free, Donovan threw him off of him, shot and scored, but the goal was nullified because Donovan was called for a foul.  He blew up at the official and earned a Yellow Card.  In the picture above, I think you can tell what Beckham is about to say…..

A few minutes later Donovan had another shot on goal, with no foul, but was denied.

September 30, 2012: Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan (10) takes a shot on goal during the MLS Soccer Match between the Colorado Rapids and the Los Angeles Galaxy at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado

But, while I do enjoy watching Donovan play, I was more excited to be photographing David Beckham.  It was too bad though, other than a few corner kicks, he really did not impress me with his play.

September 30, 2012: Los Angeles Galaxy defender Sean Franklin (5) in action during the MLS Soccer Match between the Colorado Rapids and the Los Angeles Galaxy at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado

Sean Franklin, for the Galaxy got a lot of touches, and had a few chances to score, but like Donovan, was denied access tot he back of the net.  But with a lot of his attacks, that sent Beckham to the corner right in front of me.  On the kick pictured bellow, Beckham sent the ball in front of the goal, and it ricocheted off of a player right at me.  I looked over at Beckham, who had a smile on his face.  I probably had a dear in the headlights look on my face.

September 30, 2012: Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham (23) takes a corner kick during the MLS Soccer Match between the Colorado Rapids and the Los Angeles Galaxy at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado

I was pretty happy that the camera was acting better than it had been, it was a decent game, lighting was a little crappy, and then the rain came.  It came hard for a minute, hard enough I ran to the media room to get my camera rain gear.  Of course, as soon as I got back it stopped raining.  But I got there just in time to see Beckham taken out of the game…

September 30, 2012: Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham (23) as he leaves the field in the second half of the MLS Soccer Match between the Colorado Rapids and the Los Angeles Galaxy at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado

And then the rain came again.  Got a few more shots of the game before I decided to call it and head back up to the media room…

September 30, 2012: Colorado Rapids forward Conor Casey (9) in action during the MLS Soccer Match between the Colorado Rapids and the Los Angeles Galaxy at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado

More photos from this game can be seen and purchased for media use only at Zuma Press.

 

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