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Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual USA midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) celebrates with teammates after scoring a second half goal against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

After a big victory against Ghana in their opening match, Team USA would head to the rain forests of Manaus, Brazil, along the Amazon River for their second match of the group stage against Portugal. Continue on to check out all the images from a hot and sweaty match with a potential advancement to the round of 16 on the line!

As I am trying to finish packing before boarding yet another flight lets jump right to my favorite images from the game.

Photo by Elsa In the morning prior to the match I got to take a boat tour of the Amazon River. Towards the end of the tour, the captain asked if anyone liked fishing. It took less than a second for me to quickly raise my hand and say meeeeee!  He would take us to a fenced in area on a dock along the shoreline where for 5 dollars I could buy two dead baitfish that they tied a rope around the bait and the other end around stick. Dipping the dead bait in the water quickly led to a giant Arapaima taking the bait underwater with some incredible force. I also got to feel the power of a couple large red tail catfish. If only there was a hook on the bait so I could have brought it onto the dock for a photo!

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In the morning prior to the match I got to take a boat tour of the Amazon River. Towards the end of the tour, the captain asked if anyone liked fishing. It took less than a second for me to quickly raise my hand and say meeeeee! He would take us to a fenced in area on a dock along the shoreline where for 5 dollars I could buy two dead baitfish that they tied a rope around the bait and the other end around stick. Dipping the dead bait in the water quickly led to a giant Arapaima taking the bait underwater with some incredible force. I also got to feel the power of a couple large red tail catfish. If only there was a hook on the bait so I could have brought it onto the dock for a photo!

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 800iso, f6.3, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority Overall view of the Arena Amazonia from the roof of my hotel room prior to the match between USA against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 800iso, f6.3, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority
Overall view of the Arena Amazonia from the roof of my hotel room prior to the match between USA against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 2000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual A USA fan holds a sign directed at Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo in the grandstands prior to the match during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 2000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
A USA fan holds a sign directed at Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo in the grandstands prior to the match during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 2500iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual A USA fan in the grandstands cheers prior to the game against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 2500iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
A USA fan in the grandstands cheers prior to the game against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2000iso, f3.5, 1/1000th, Manual Being in the rainforest means lots of insects flying around. Despite the warnings for us to get malaria shots, I didn't get bit by a single mosquito… that I noticed.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2000iso, f3.5, 1/1000th, Manual
Being in the rainforest means lots of insects flying around. Despite the warnings for us to get malaria shots, I didn’t get bit by a single mosquito… that I noticed.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f5.6, 1/800th, Manual USA players pose for a group shot prior to their game against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f5.6, 1/800th, Manual
USA players pose for a group shot prior to their game against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual Being in a rainforest means lots of rain but we ended up lucking out and having a beautiful, but hot, evening for what would be the most watched soccer game in US history.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
Being in a rainforest means lots of rain but we ended up lucking out and having a beautiful, but hot, evening for what would be the most watched soccer game in US history.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo (7) leaps over USA midfielder Alejandro Bedoya as he pursues the ball in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo (7) leaps over USA midfielder Alejandro Bedoya as he pursues the ball in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 4000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual Portugal midfielder Nani (17) scores a goal in the first half against USA during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 4000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
Portugal midfielder Nani (17) scores a goal in the first half against USA during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual Portugal midfielder Nani sucks his thumb as he celebrates after scoring a goal in the first half against USA during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
Portugal midfielder Nani sucks his thumb as he celebrates after scoring a goal in the first half against USA during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual Portugal midfielder Nani (17) celebrates with forward Cristiano Ronaldo after his goal.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
Portugal midfielder Nani (17) celebrates with forward Cristiano Ronaldo after his goal.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/800th, Manual USA midfielder Alejandro Bedoya (11) against Portugal defender Joao Pereira (21) in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/800th, Manual
USA midfielder Alejandro Bedoya (11) against Portugal defender Joao Pereira (21) in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts in the first half against USA during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts in the first half against USA during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual USA forward Clint Dempsey (8) attempts a shot on goal but misses against Portugal midfielder Nani (17) in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
USA forward Clint Dempsey (8) attempts a shot on goal but misses against Portugal midfielder Nani (17) in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual USA midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) heads the ball against Portugal defender Andre Almeida in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
USA midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) heads the ball against Portugal defender Andre Almeida in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual USA forward Clint Dempsey (8) attempts to head the ball into the goal as Portugal goalkeeper Eduardo (22) deflects the ball in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
USA forward Clint Dempsey (8) attempts to head the ball into the goal as Portugal goalkeeper Eduardo (22) deflects the ball in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual Portugal forward Eder (11) is upended by USA defender Matt Besler (5) during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
Portugal forward Eder (11) is upended by USA defender Matt Besler (5) during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual Portugal goalkeeper Eduardo sprays water on his face against USA during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
Portugal goalkeeper Eduardo sprays water on his face against USA during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual USA players Michael Bradley (4) and Clint Dempsey (8) jump in an attempt to head the ball into the net in the second half.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
USA players Michael Bradley (4) and Clint Dempsey (8) jump in an attempt to head the ball into the net in the second half.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts against USA during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts against USA during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual Portugal forward Eder (11) and USA defender Matt Besler (5) fight for the ball during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
Portugal forward Eder (11) and USA defender Matt Besler (5) fight for the ball during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual USA midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) stiff arms Portugal midfielder William in the second half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
USA midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) stiff arms Portugal midfielder William in the second half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual USA midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) celebrates after scoring a second half goal against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
USA midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) celebrates after scoring a second half goal against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual USA midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) leaps into the air as he celebrates after scoring a second half goal against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
USA midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) leaps into the air as he celebrates after scoring a second half goal against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual USA midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) celebrates with teammates after scoring a second half goal against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
USA midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) celebrates with teammates after scoring a second half goal against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual USA midfielder Jermaine Jones is mobbed by teammates as they his second half goal against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
USA midfielder Jermaine Jones is mobbed by teammates as they his second half goal against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual USA midfielder Graham Zusi congratulated Jermaine Jones following his goal in the second half.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
USA midfielder Graham Zusi congratulated Jermaine Jones following his goal in the second half.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual USA midfielder Jermaine Jones receives a yellow card in the second half against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
USA midfielder Jermaine Jones reacts as he receives a yellow card in the second half against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual USA midfielder Jermaine Jones battles for the ball against Portugal midfielder William (6) during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
USA midfielder Jermaine Jones battles for the ball against Portugal midfielder William (6) during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 4000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual USA midfielder Graham Zusi celebrates a second half goal by Clint Dempsey against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 4000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
USA midfielder Graham Zusi celebrates a second half goal by Clint Dempsey against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual USA forward Clint Dempsey (8) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal in the second half against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
USA forward Clint Dempsey (8) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal in the second half against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual USA forward Clint Dempsey (8) celebrates after scoring a goal in the second half against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
USA forward Clint Dempsey (8) celebrates after scoring a goal in the second half against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual USA forward Clint Dempsey (left) hugs head coach Jurgen Klinsmann as he is replaced in the second half against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
USA forward Clint Dempsey (left) hugs head coach Jurgen Klinsmann as he is replaced in the second half against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual Instead of shaking hands with USA players, Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo walks off the field following the game at Arena Amazonia. The game ended in a 2-2 draw.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
Instead of shaking hands with USA players, Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo walks off the field following the game at Arena Amazonia. The game ended in a 2-2 draw.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual A stunned USA defender Fabian Johnson reacts following the game against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
A stunned USA defender Fabian Johnson reacts following the game against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual USA goalkeeper Tim Howard (1) reacts following the game against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia. The game ended in a 2-2 draw.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
USA goalkeeper Tim Howard (1) reacts following the game against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia. The game ended in a 2-2 draw.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann reacts following the game against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia. The game ended in a 2-2 draw.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann reacts following the game against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia. The game ended in a 2-2 draw.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 4000iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual A USA fan in the grandstands reacts following the match against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia. The game ended in a 2-2 draw.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 4000iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual
A USA fan in the grandstands reacts following the match against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia. The game ended in a 2-2 draw.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f4, 1/500th, Aperture Priority USA fans sleep on the floor in the terminal of the Manaus Airport in the early morning hours following the game against Portugal.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f4, 1/500th, Aperture Priority
USA fans sleep on the floor in the terminal of the Manaus Airport in the early morning hours following the game against Portugal.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f3.5, 1/400th, Aperture Priority A USA fan uses an American flag as a blanket as he sleep on a row of chairs in the terminal of the Manaus Airport in the early morning hours following the game against Portugal.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f3.5, 1/400th, Aperture Priority
A USA fan uses an American flag as a blanket as he sleep on a row of chairs in the terminal of the Manaus Airport in the early morning hours following the game against Portugal.

Up next I fly to Recife, Brazil for USA’s third and final match of the group stage against Germany!


 
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