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Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual United States goalkeeper Tim Howard (1) and defender Matt Besler (5) react after a second Belgium goal in overtime during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

With USA defying the odds by advancing out of the proverbial “Group of Death”, soccer fever began to take over the United States prior to their round of 16 matchup against Belgium. “I believe that we will win” became a chant heard at bars all around the country, including some in Brazil. Lets get to the game that ended with a heartbroken nation.

I didn’t know it at the time but this would be my last shoot of the 2014 World Cup. Lets move right to the pictures…

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority Overall view of Estadio Roberto Santos from the media bus the day prior to the 2014 World Cup match between USA against Belgium.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority
Overall view of Estadio Roberto Santos from the media bus the day prior to the 2014 World Cup match between USA against Belgium.

Here is a shot showing my favorite thing about shooting the World Cup. Electric power as well as an ethernet cord in each photo position along the field. Was pretty fast connect too! (Note how ridiculously close the photo chairs are from each other. Its a pain in the ass when everyone is packed in that close with 2-3 cameras apiece plus laptops in front of us. #Clowncar

Here is a shot showing my favorite thing about shooting the World Cup. Electric power as well as an ethernet cord in each photo position along the field. Was pretty fast connect too! (Note how ridiculously close the photo chairs are from each other. Its a pain in the ass when everyone is packed in that close with 2-3 cameras apiece plus laptops in front of us. #Clowncar

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1000iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority A painted up Belgium fan reacts prior to the match against USA during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1000iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority
A painted up Belgium fan reacts prior to the match against USA during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1000iso, f4, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority USA fans with their faces painted in the grandstands prior to the match against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1000iso, f4, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority
USA fans with their faces painted in the grandstands prior to the match against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f4, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority The setting sun peeks into the Arena Fonte Nova as USA players stretch prior to the match against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f4, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority
The setting sun peeks into the Arena Fonte Nova as USA players stretch prior to the match against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 800iso, f4, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority Belgium fans bathed in sunlight in the grandstands cheer prior to the match against USA during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 800iso, f4, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority
Belgium fans bathed in sunlight in the grandstands cheer prior to the match against USA during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 800iso, f4, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority A USA fan drinks a beer in the grandstands prior to the match against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 800iso, f4, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority
A USA fan drinks a beer in the grandstands prior to the match against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f3.5, 1/6400th, Aperture Priority Groundskeepers do their final field preparations as the pitch is watered by sprinklers prior to the match.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f3.5, 1/6400th, Aperture Priority
Groundskeepers do their final field preparations as the pitch is watered by sprinklers prior to the match.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 500iso, f4, 1/400th, Aperture Priority USA fans cheer in the grandstands prior to the match against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 500iso, f4, 1/400th, Aperture Priority
USA fans cheer in the grandstands prior to the match against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1250iso, f4, 1/640th, Aperture Priority General view of fans in the grandstands during the match between USA against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1250iso, f4, 1/640th, Aperture Priority
General view of fans in the grandstands during the match between USA against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f5.6, 1/800th, Manual USA players pose for a group shot prior to the game against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f5.6, 1/800th, Manual
USA players pose for a group shot prior to the game against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f5, 1/640th, Manual United States forward Jozy Altidore (second from right) on the bench prior to the match against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f5, 1/640th, Manual
United States forward Jozy Altidore (second from right) on the bench prior to the match against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual United States defender Fabian Johnson (23) and Belgium defender Daniel van Buyten (15) battle for a header in the first half during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
United States defender Fabian Johnson (23) and Belgium defender Daniel van Buyten (15) battle for a header in the first half during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel (6) flies through the air as he moves the ball against United States midfielder Alejandro Bedoya (11) in the first half during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel (6) flies through the air as he moves the ball against United States midfielder Alejandro Bedoya (11) in the first half during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual A protester runs on the field in the first half of the match between USA against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
A protester runs on the field in the first half of the match between USA against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (7) grabs a protester who ran on the field in the first half against USA during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (7) grabs a protester who ran on the field in the first half against USA during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4, 1/800th, Manual United States defender Fabian Johnson (23) leaves the field with a trainer after suffering an injury early in the match against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4, 1/800th, Manual
United States defender Fabian Johnson (23) leaves the field with a trainer after suffering an injury early in the match against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual United States goalkeeper Tim Howard (1) deflects a shot on goal by Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
United States goalkeeper Tim Howard (1) deflects a shot on goal by Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual Belgium forward Divock Origi (17) battles for the ball against United States midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) in the first half during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
Belgium forward Divock Origi (17) battles for the ball against United States midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) in the first half during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual The eyes of United States goalkeeper Tim Howard (1) are locked on the ball as Belgium threatens to score during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
The eyes of United States goalkeeper Tim Howard (1) are locked on the ball as Belgium threatens to score during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual United States goalkeeper Tim Howard (1) deflects a shot on goal in the second half against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
United States goalkeeper Tim Howard (1) deflects a shot on goal in the second half against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual United States midfielder Jermaine Jones (left) and Belgium defender Vincent Kompany (4) leap for the ball in the second half during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
United States midfielder Jermaine Jones (left) and Belgium defender Vincent Kompany (4) leap for the ball in the second half during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual United States midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) reacts after being kicked in the groin by Belgium defender Daniel Van Buyten (15) in the second half during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
United States midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) reacts after being kicked in the groin by Belgium defender Daniel Van Buyten (15) in the second half during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen (5) and United States midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) go for a header in the first half during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen (5) and United States midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) go for a header in the first half during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen (right) kicks the ball near the face of United States defender DeAndre Yedlin (2) during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen (right) kicks the ball near the face of United States defender DeAndre Yedlin (2) during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel (6) is upended by United States forward Chris Wondolowski (18) in the first half during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel (6) is upended by United States forward Chris Wondolowski (18) in the first half during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual United States forward Chris Wondolowski (left) misses on what appeared to be a for sure goal over Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (right) during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
United States forward Chris Wondolowski (left) misses on what appeared to be a for sure goal over Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (right) during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

The regulation time ended with the score at 0-0 so to the 30 minute overtime we went!

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual United States goalkeeper Tim Howard (1) fails to stop the goal by Belgium in overtime during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
United States goalkeeper Tim Howard (1) fails to stop the goal by Belgium in overtime during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (7) runs towards the team bench celebrating after scoring a goal in overtime against USA during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (7) runs towards the team bench celebrating after scoring a goal in overtime against USA during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual USA players (from left) defender DaMarcus Beasley , defender DeAndre Yedlin and goalkeeper Tim Howard react after a goal by Belgium in overtime during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
USA players (from left) defender DaMarcus Beasley , defender DeAndre Yedlin and goalkeeper Tim Howard react after a goal by Belgium in overtime during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard (10) controls the ball against United States defender Geoff Cameron (20) in the second half during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard (10) controls the ball against United States defender Geoff Cameron (20) in the second half during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual United States forward Clint Dempsey (8) reacts after being injured against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
United States forward Clint Dempsey (8) reacts after being injured against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual United States goalkeeper Tim Howard (1) and defender Matt Besler (5) react after a second Belgium goal in overtime during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
United States goalkeeper Tim Howard (1) and defender Matt Besler (5) react after a second Belgium goal in overtime during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku (left) celebrates with teammate Belgium defender Daniel Van Buyten after scoring a goal in overtime against USA during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku (left) celebrates with teammate Belgium defender Daniel Van Buyten after scoring a goal in overtime against USA during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual United States midfielder Julian Green (left) celebrates with forward Chris Wondolowski after scoring a goal in overtime against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
United States midfielder Julian Green (left) celebrates with forward Chris Wondolowski after scoring a goal in overtime against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann reacts in overtime against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann reacts in overtime against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (1) stops the shot on goal by United States forward Clint Dempsey (8) in overtime during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (1) stops the shot on goal by United States forward Clint Dempsey (8) in overtime during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual United States midfielder Julian Green (right) takes a shot on goal against Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld in overtime during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
United States midfielder Julian Green (right) takes a shot on goal against Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld in overtime during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (7) celebrates as time expires against USA during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova. Belgium defeated USA 2-1 in overtime.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (7) celebrates as time expires against USA during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova. Belgium defeated USA 2-1 in overtime.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual United States defender Geoff Cameron (20) collapses on the pitch following the game against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova. Belgium defeated USA 2-1 in overtime.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
United States defender Geoff Cameron (20) collapses on the pitch following the game against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova. Belgium defeated USA 2-1 in overtime.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual United States midfielder Julian Green (16) reacts on the ground following the game against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova. Belgium defeated USA 2-1 in overtime.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
United States midfielder Julian Green (16) reacts on the ground following the game against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova. Belgium defeated USA 2-1 in overtime.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual United States defender Matt Besler (5) looks on disappointed as Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel (6) celebrates following the game during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova. Belgium defeated USA 2-1 in overtime.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
United States defender Matt Besler (5) looks on disappointed as Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel (6) celebrates following the game during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova. Belgium defeated USA 2-1 in overtime.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel (6) celebrates following the game against USA during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova. Belgium defeated USA 2-1 in overtime.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel (6) celebrates following the game against USA during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova. Belgium defeated USA 2-1 in overtime.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual United States forward Clint Dempsey (8) reacts as he walks off the pitch following the loss to Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova. Belgium defeated USA 2-1 in overtime.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
United States forward Clint Dempsey (8) reacts as he walks off the pitch following the loss to Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova. Belgium defeated USA 2-1 in overtime.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual United States defender DaMarcus Beasley (7) sits on the pitch by himself as he reacts following the game against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova. Belgium defeated USA 2-1 in overtime.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
United States defender DaMarcus Beasley (7) sits on the pitch by himself as he reacts following the game against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova. Belgium defeated USA 2-1 in overtime.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual United States midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) reacts following the game against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova. Belgium defeated USA 2-1 in overtime.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
United States midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) reacts following the game against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova. Belgium defeated USA 2-1 in overtime.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1000th, Manual Military police take away a fan following the game between USA against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova. Belgium defeated USA 2-1 in overtime.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4.5, 1/1000th, Manual
Military police take away a fan following the game between USA against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova. Belgium defeated USA 2-1 in overtime.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority USA fans buy World Cup merchandise following the match against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova. Belgium defeated USA 2-1 in overtime.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority
USA fans buy World Cup merchandise following the match against Belgium during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova. Belgium defeated USA 2-1 in overtime.

With the USA loss my World Cup came to an abrupt end. Since I would be heading home the next day my good buddy Kevin Cox from Getty Images and I took a few last photos to remember our trip. First shot was a sad face for USA losing.

Photo by John Todd

Photo by John Todd

Then we got really happy to know we would be heading home to our girlfriends that we had been away from for the last three weeks.

Photo by John Todd

Photo by John Todd

Then to ensure my editors didn’t try to extend my trip to cover the other remaining teams I had Kevin give me a red card to send me home with.

Photo by John Todd

Photo by John Todd

These pictures are probably a good reason we ended up with the nicknames Beavis and Butthead from some of the there US media members we traveled with for the last three weeks…. Thanks?

Here are a few newspaper covers I found the next day following the match.

Here are a few newspaper covers I found the next day following the match.

Coming home from Sao Paulo, Brazil I would fly on the same plane as about half of the USA players. They were being bombarded with picture requests and autograph requests from a good percentage of the passengers on the flight who had to walk past the team in the business class section of the aircraft. I felt bad for them so I didn’t bust out my camera. But while waiting for our baggage before clearing customs in Miami I joined the rest of the plane and got a selfie with USA star Clint Dempsey (who is a big fan of bass fishing)

Selfie by iPhone 4S

Selfie by iPhone 4S

Finally after my 22 hour travel day I was back in AZ. You would think I would have gone right to bed since I only got 6 hours of sleep in the last 48 hours but instead I would be rewarded with the first Arizona monsoon action of the season with a gorgeous dust storm occurring just after sunset.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 10,000iso, f2.8, 1/40th, Aperture Priority

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 10,000iso, f2.8, 1/40th, Aperture Priority

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 10,000iso, f2.8, 1/25th, Aperture Priority

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 10,000iso, f2.8, 1/25th, Aperture Priority

My photography obsession is a curse sometimes but its impossible for me to miss a good photo op! I’ll do a Best of Brazil scenery blog in a few days once I catch up on sleep! Obrigado!


 
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