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11/22/2010

If the MLS Cup falls in a forest or Toronto, does anyone hear the fans?

Steve Russell - Staff Photographer

I guess it seemed like a good idea when it was awarded to Toronto a year ago, but then we know what happened there.

I even seemed like a good idea a couple weeks ago when Toronto looked like the game was going to be a dream match up between Beckham's Galaxy and Henry's Red Bulls in a East coast West coast battle.

Alas, when the Colorado Rapids hoisted the MLS Cup a large portion of the fans had left before the overtime.

Too bad, they missed Rapids Keeper Matt Pickens making some of his more spectacular saves.

The fans were into it, there were TFC cheers and at the 24th minute the Danny Dichio song, in fact those that were still there gave an encore in the 24th minute of the overtime. It was jsut wierd to see so many empty seats at BMO.

From a photo perspective the evening was a nightmare, an 8:55 pm start (why?) plays havoc with our deadlines, our first chance to file is at the half, so, 9:40 pm, you have to add any injury time to that plus the jog to the press room, dealing the the overzealous security guard (don't get me started on all the dumb rules at BMO that concern photographers covering the game!), editing and filing pictures on the painfully slow internet at BMO Field (less that 9 kb/s!). By the time the pictures get to the paper, after 10 pm the sports guys have to slam a picture into the paper on a day when they have early pictures from a Raptors victory over the Celtics and an Argonauts Play-off loss. Toss in a Toronawanda Bills victory and sending in pictures that late worries me. 

Now add another 45+ minutes for the second half, add another 30+ minutes of overtime and time for the trophy presentation and the jog to the press room, editing and filing pictures on the painfully slow internet at BMO Field (less that 9 kb/s!) the pictures came in at just past midnight. I identified two pictures that I wanted to send right away, one horizontal, one vertical because I had no idea what the page looked like and need to give them some options. Nine times out of 10, the web likes horizontal, the paper vertical.

Kudos to the editors that laid out the Sports pages, they managed to get my second file into the paper!

Anyways, here is a little taste of my MLS weekend.

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FC Dallas practices for the Sunday's MLS Cup at BMO Field.

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FC Dallas defender Ugo Ihemelu hits the target to light up the CN Tower during a promotion as FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids prepare for Sunday's MLS Cup at BMO Field in Toronto.  Ihemelu is a strage case, Nigerian by birth, he lived in Winnipeg for a spell, he played for the US in 2006 and then was called up by Canada to play in an international in 2008, he ended up not playing and he was invited to the US training camp in 2009 and played in an international friendly.

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Former Toronto FC player now with FC Dallas forward Jeff Cunningham stretches the day before the final.

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FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman trains as FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids prepare for Sunday's MLS Cup.

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Colorado Rapids forward Omar Cummings stretches as they prepare to play FC Dallas.

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FC Dallas forward Atiba Harris (16) tries to get around Colorado Rapids defender Marvell Wynne (22).

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FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea battles Brian Mullan for the ball.

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FC Dallas midfielder David Ferreira (10) leaps over Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens after scoring the first goal of the game.

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Colorado Rapids forward Conor Casey (9) fouls FC Dallas midfielder Daniel Hernandez (2).

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 Colorado Rapids defender Kosuke Kimura breaks up a long pass for FC Dallas midfielder Marvin Chavez.

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 Colorado Rapids forward Conor Casey gets tangled up with FC Dallas midfielder Dax McCarty.

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Brian Mullan congratulates Colorado Rapids Macoumba Kandji on scoring the winning goal, it later was switched to an own goal as the Colorado Rapids beat Dallas FC 2-1 in overtime.

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Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens yells for his wall to move.

 

Sr-mlscup2010-19 Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens (18) rolls to the back of the net after the ball bounced off the top the goal.

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Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens celebrates a 2-1 overtime win as Colorado Rapids beat Dallas FC to win the MLS Cup.

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Colorado Rapids captain Pablo Mastroeni raises the MLS Cup raised with his team.

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