Don’t get me wrong, when the first ball was kicked back in the 1800s, the temperatures were definitely not warm.. but…
The 4:5 dimension portrait is on that has been popularized by Instagram. For a photographer, especially a soccer photographer this dimension can be both limiting and revealing .
If there was on take away from the USMNT World Cup Qualifier vs. Jamaica in Austin, TX on Oct 7th was that the team looked “focused.” It was a team lead by a new crop of leaders, stars and role players.
There are a few things that stick out to me about the Gold Cup final this year. The first full capacity sporting even in the Raiders new stadium in Vegas, the sheer amount of Mexican fans and the noise they made, the last gasp goal to seal the win by Robertson, and light flex by Greg Berhalter rocking the limited (at the time unreleased) Undefeated Dunk Lows. But of all those things one thing stand out to me the most. The amount of black players that played for the USMNT in the this years gold cup and the families that came onto the pitch after the win to celebrate with the team.
In recent years we have seen not only an influx of clubs wearing and releasing “third kits”, but also the creativity and storytelling that accompanies these jerseys. Third kits have been a way to stretch the identity of the club by introducing new colors, designs and creativity that oftentimes isn’t seen in home and away jerseys.