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WNT Behind the Lens: 2017 in Photos

Photos are one of the most powerful mediums to tell a story. In order to highlight our incredible photos from 2017, we asked U.S. Women’s National Team photographer Brad Smith to compile his 15 favorite photos of this year.


Hello everyone,

My name is Brad Smith and I am the official photographer of the U.S. Women's National Team. I joined the WNT as a full-time staff member back in March of 2015 and it has been an incredible experience so far. For this year in review, the choices I made are subjective and personal. They include on-and-off the field moments, and capture the emotions and experiences that players and fans alike navigated in 2017. Some are also just cool photos, but I'm also probably a little bit biased. I hope you enjoy my picks, and I’ll see you all (more than likely through my lenses) in 2018! 

- Brad Smith, U.S. WNT Photographer



January 2017

"Does it rain much in Los Angeles? No, but the team seemed to have no trouble finding it there last January Camp." 


February 2017

"I’m always on the lookout for something different. Gym sessions are just that. 
Then when you add some soft window light to a shadow boxing Ashlyn Harris, you get something special."


March 2017

"When you practice at a college campus, word travels fast. During training at the University of Maryland,
a deserted pitch soon became a surrounded stadium." 


April 2017

"Winners on the field, winners off the field. While the team was in Frisco, we made a special visit to a local hospital. 
Rose Lavelle even got a dance lesson."


April 2017

"One of my favorite action photos of the year because it’s such a story-telling image. Not only does it have fantastic action, 
but as you look over Allie Long to the right you realize the ball is going in for a goal over the keeper. "

One of my favorite action photos of the year because it’s such a story-telling image. 
Not only does it have fantastic action, but as you look over Allie Long to the right you realize the ball is going in for a goal over the keeper. 
One of my favorite action photos of the year because it’s such a story-telling image. 
Not only does it have fantastic action, but as you look over Allie Long to the right you realize the ball is going in for a goal over the keeper. 

April 2017

"I’ve always thought bad light equals opportunity."


April 2017

"I’m lucky enough to have tunnel access before games. It’s moments like this one before the games that are really special."
 

August 2017

"Sure it’s cute, but I like this one because of Cassius’ expression and how he’s looking at his mom as Pinoe tosses him up into the air after the game."


September 2017

"Look for the details. Kelley O’Hara was playing in her 100th game, so the WNT equipment manager Ryan Dell made up a special captain’s armband for her."


October 2017

"And no...Jane, didn’t catch Becky. "


October 2017

"How many people does it take to stop Alex Morgan?"


October 2017

"Complete focus from U.S. WNT goalkeeper coach Graeme Abel and a nice diving save from Jane Campbell."


October 2017

"This is one of those images that just looks better the bigger it’s shown. So many details inside that huge space of the Superdome in New Orleans."


November 2017

"It’s immediately evident what happened here. JJ scored. The expression on her face and her body language say it all."


November 2017

"Every game has winners and losers. This is one of my favorites because it shows just that in one quick image."


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Remembering the Legacy of Walter Bahr

Walter Bahr was an American soccer icon, a renaissance man and one of the most beloved figures in the history of the sport in the United States. He excelled at the game at several levels, most notably as a member of the history-making U.S. Men’s National Team that upset England 1-0 at the 1950 FIFA World Cup. 

He also was a successful coach at Penn State University and became an ambassador of the game, heading the U.S. delegation for many international matches and competitions. He also was the patriarch of an athletically talented family that included three sons who played professional soccer and a daughter who was an all-American gymnast.

Bahr, who was the last surviving member of the 1950 U.S. team that stunned England and the rest of the world, passed away on June 18, 2018. Few, if any other players, enjoyed the influence Bahr had over his many decades being associated with the beautiful game.

ussoccer.com spoke with several colleagues, former players, opponents and people that Bahr inspired over the years about Walter Bahr, the man, and his influence in American soccer over seven decades.

He inspired countless players, coaches, fans, media and people through several generations. His impact went further than just another participant in the beautiful game.

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MNT Jun 19, 2018
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