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07/10/2010

Toronto FC extends unbeaten streak at home.

Steve Russell - Staff Photographer

I have to confess, when I came into work and saw I was assigned to the Toronto FC game and not the Toronto Blue Jay game I was thankful. A year ago I wouldn't have cared.

Why?

Toronto FC now plays on real grass.

I know that athletes perfer to play on the real stuff rather than the synthetic stuff and for totally different reasons photographers would rather shoot the games on the real stuff.

Why?

Real grass absorbs the midday sun, the fake stuff seems to reflect it. Shooting a Blue Jays game in the high afternoon sun means that pretty much anything that happens in the outfield will look out of focus. There are ways to get around it, shoot from a higher vantage point helps.

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Dwayne De Rosario uses his chest to stop a pass as Toronto FC plays the Colorado Rapids at BMO Field.

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Adrian Cann gets on Conor Casey as they look for a goal kick as Toronto FC extends their unbeaten streak at home this season with a 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids.

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Dwayne De Rosario is fouled as he cuts between Jeff Larentowicz and Conor Casey.

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Wells Thompson and  Maksim Usanov pursue the ball in the first half.

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 Marvell Wynne gets a foot on the ball while battling O'Brian White.

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Dwayne De Rosario battles Pablo Mastroeni for the ball.

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Dwayne De Rosario uses a water bottle for relief from the heat at the end of the first half.

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A fan cheers as Toronto FC extends their unbeaten streak at home this season with a 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids at BMO Field in Toronto.

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Despite having Drew Moor all over him Fuad Ibrahim gets a foot on the ball to score the lone goal of the game.

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Jeff Larentowicz gets airbourne and a handful of Maicon Santos' jersey as Claudio Lopez and Gabe Gala chase the ball.

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Stefan Frei made big saves in the injury time to preserve a win as Toronto FC extends their unbeaten streak at home.

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Stefan Frei makes a big save as Nana Attakora looks on in the injury time. This an image that I never would have gotten last year at BMO Field, the save is shot across the field and the keeper is close to the ground, on the old BMO turf this would have been a nighmare.

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Fans celebrate as Toronto FC extends their unbeaten streak at home this season with a 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids at BMO Field in Toronto.

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Great Sportsmanship, Marvell Wynne helps out former teammate and game winning goal scorer Fuad Ibrahim with a cramp after Toronto FC extends their unbeaten streak at home this season with a 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids. 

-srussell@thestar.ca

         

  

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