(SEATTLE) July 17, 2015 – It’s been a few years since I’ve shot Manchester United, especially since ‘Fergie’ was sacked as general manager last season. However, this season, Dutch manager Louis Van Gaal is at the helm of the futbol jaugernaut and the Seattle sports photojournalism community was excited to shoot this international preseason friendly.
This preseason game that matched up Premier League powerhouse ManU again the Hispanic All-Star Club America was the first matchup, though preseason, between these two futbol teams. ManU looked like a whole new team to my lens with Van Gaal at the management position while new-signee like superstar Bastian Scheweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Matteo Darmian and Memphis Depay, the “red-men” were conservative in their play as the newly constructed team tried to find their first legs under them in their first pre-season match of the season. Despite the lackluster competitiveness of both teams, ManU won 1-0 with a single goal scored early in the first period that survived the match.
On a personal note, tonight’s 8pm gamestart (!!!) ended a long day that started with going on an 8am tour of the long-delayed Bertha tunnel dig, and also a 39-day civilian photojournalism and National Guard work stretch that was, not an intentionally planned work marathon.
That said, it was good seeing and working alongside friends like Josh Trujillo/SeattlePI.com, Dean Rutz/Seattle Times and Troy Wayrenen/Vancouver (Wash). Columbian at the first major soccer event of the year!
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Photos by Anthony P. Bolante, www.TheImageArsenal.com (c) 2015
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