MLS 2013 – Chivas USA at Colorado

A Beautiful night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for the Rapids hosting Chivas USA.  It was a long week for me, so I did not rush around to get all the shots I wanted to.  It was the first sell out of the season for the Rapids, and the weather was great.  But after 3 other soccer games and a couple baseball games, I was wiped and sunburned.  In fact, I think there was a little heat exhaustion going on with me because I just had no push.

May 25th, 2013 Commerce City, CO - A Chivas USA fan bangs a drum as his team takes the field before the start of action in the MLS match between Chivas USA and the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO

May 25th, 2013 Commerce City, CO – A Chivas USA fan bangs a drum as his team takes the field before the start of action in the MLS match between Chivas USA and the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO

Unfortunately for me, and the other photographers who decided I had picked a good location and shot near me for most of the game, it was not really much of a game.  Chivas USA was really no match for the Rapids.  The Burgundy Boys scored a goal in the first half and held Chivas USA scoreless.  It was really too bad too.  I remember when Chivas USA were the bad boys.  Kind of the team you just hated to play.  But now, man, talk about a gimme win.

May 25th, 2013 - Colorado Rapids forward Edson Buddle (9) attempts to collect a pass as he grabs the shorts of Chivas USA defender Mario de Luna (3) in the first half of action in the MLS match between Chivas USA and the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO

May 25th, 2013 – Colorado Rapids forward Edson Buddle (9) attempts to collect a pass as he grabs the shorts of Chivas USA defender Mario de Luna (3) in the first half of action in the MLS match between Chivas USA and the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO

The game was ok for me photo wise.  When the ball did come down my way, I got some of my better MLS shots.  The shot above really cracks me up….A little grabby to get the advantage.  The drawback, 2 other shooters got the same photo.  I relocated my shooting position at the beginning of this season because the Rapids TV guy decided he and his TWO cable pullers needed to be right in front of me at all times.  So I moved to the other side of the goal.  No one else was setting up where I was, and when they did, they did not stay for long.  But this game, I had more shooters migrating my way.  I may have to relocate again.  Maybe next game if it looks like we will have a good sunset I will relocate to the other side of the field and see what I can get from the other end with some wide angle shots.

May 25th, 2013 - Chivas USA defender Mario de Luna (3) heads the ball away from his goal to thwart a Colorado scoring attempt in the first half of the MLS match between Chivas USA and the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO

May 25th, 2013 – Chivas USA defender Mario de Luna (3) heads the ball away from his goal to thwart a Colorado scoring attempt in the first half of the MLS match between Chivas USA and the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO

Chivas offered a few photo opportunities in the first half, like the shot above, heading the ball away from a Rapids corner kick.  But it was really all Rapids.  There were times it looked like the Rapids were the only ones playing.  I had quite a few shots ruined by Chivas players who just seemed to be standing around on the field.

May 25th, 2013 - Chivas USA midfielder Eric Avila (15) brings the ball towards the goal against Colorado Rapids defender Chris Klute (15) in the second half of the MLS match between Chivas USA and the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO

May 25th, 2013 – Chivas USA midfielder Eric Avila (15) brings the ball towards the goal against Colorado Rapids defender Chris Klute (15) in the second half of the MLS match between Chivas USA and the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO

In the second half, the Rapids poured it on and added a goal to take a 2-0 lead.  Chivas USA had a couple chances, but could not capitalize on them.  The shot above was one of those chances.  Just about to enter the box, but could not get a halfway decent shot off.

May 25th, 2013 - Chivas USA midfielder Carlos Alvarez (20) dribbles the ball against the defense by Colorado Rapids midfielder Nathan Sturgis (24) and forward Deshorn Brown (26) in the second half of the MLS match between Chivas USA and the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO

May 25th, 2013 – Chivas USA midfielder Carlos Alvarez (20) dribbles the ball against the defense by Colorado Rapids midfielder Nathan Sturgis (24) and forward Deshorn Brown (26) in the second half of the MLS match between Chivas USA and the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO

Chivas just could not compete against the size of the Rapids.  It also appeared that maybe the altitude was getting to the visiting team.  I would think pro athletes could handle 90 minutes of high altitude playing.  The Rapids capitalized on this and held Chivas USA scoreless the second half.

May 25th, 2013 - Chivas USA midfielder Eric Avila (15) attempts a shot past Colorado Rapids defender Chris Klute (15) in the second half of the MLS match between Chivas USA and the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO

May 25th, 2013 – Chivas USA midfielder Eric Avila (15) attempts a shot past Colorado Rapids defender Chris Klute (15) in the second half of the MLS match between Chivas USA and the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO

The second half really started to get boring as the ball was just not coming down to my side of the pitch.  In the first half, all the Chivas USA goalkeeper would do is kick the ball to the Rapids goalkeeper, but in the second half it was like Chivas could not get across midfield, and when they did, it did not last long until the Rapids had the ball back and were on the offensive again.

May 25th, 2013 - Chivas USA midfielder Eric Avila (15) handles the ball in the second half of the MLS match between Chivas USA and the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO

May 25th, 2013 – Chivas USA midfielder Eric Avila (15) handles the ball in the second half of the MLS match between Chivas USA and the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO

I did get to meet some new to me shooters at the game.  The AP shooter and another USA Today shooter.  Many of the regulars were there, but for the most part it was a quiet night in the media room.  Except for the writers.  You do not need to yell to the person you are talking to on a cell phone, especially when people around you are trying to work.

May 25th, 2013 - Colorado Rapids midfielder Nick LaBrocca (2) pleads with the referee for a foul call against Chivas USA in the second half of the MLS match between Chivas USA and the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO

May 25th, 2013 – Colorado Rapids midfielder Nick LaBrocca (2) pleads with the referee for a foul call against Chivas USA in the second half of the MLS match between Chivas USA and the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO

I liked the shot of LaBrocca above.  He was taken to the ground by a Chivas USA player in the second half and he popped right up onto his knees, pleading with the official for a foul call, which he got.

May 25th, 2013 - Chivas USA midfielder Carlos Alvarez (20) and Colorado Rapids midfielder Nick LaBrocca (2) fight for control of the ball in the second half of the MLS match between Chivas USA and the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO

May 25th, 2013 – Chivas USA midfielder Carlos Alvarez (20) and Colorado Rapids midfielder Nick LaBrocca (2) fight for control of the ball in the second half of the MLS match between Chivas USA and the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO

There was a lot of jersey and shorts grabbing in this game by both teams, and the officials seemed to let most of it go.  It was nice to see another Rapids win, but Chivas USA just gave them no competition.  I would have been nice to see a game, but this was just one sided.

May 25th, 2013 - Chivas USA midfielder Carlos Alvarez (20) breaks towards the goal with the ball in the second half of action in the MLS match between Chivas USA and the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO

May 25th, 2013 – Chivas USA midfielder Carlos Alvarez (20) breaks towards the goal with the ball in the second half of action in the MLS match between Chivas USA and the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO

So, the Rapids took the win 2-0.  My next game with them will be Saturday as the take on Dallas.  It will be the first time I have seen the Dallas team since moving to Colorado.  Hopefully it will be more of a game.

 

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