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
"Does it rain much in Los Angeles? No, but the team seemed to have no trouble finding it there last January Camp."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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. "
"I’ve always thought bad light equals opportunity."
"I’m lucky enough to have tunnel access before games. It’s moments like this one before the games that are really special."
"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."
"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."
"And no...Jane, didn’t catch Becky. "
"How many people does it take to stop Alex Morgan?"
"Complete focus from U.S. WNT goalkeeper coach Graeme Abel and a nice diving save from Jane Campbell."
"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."
"It’s immediately evident what happened here. JJ scored. The expression on her face and her body language say it all."
"Every game has winners and losers. This is one of my favorites because it shows just that in one quick image."
Today we look forward.
With the march towards 2022 underway and the 2026 FIFA World Cup in North America as our guidepost, the U.S. Men’s National Team has embarked on a new journey. The hallmarks of the culture remain, with perseverance, grit and dogged determination fueled by the pride to represent the United States and each and every one of you.
We take nothing for granted. The path ahead will be paved with successes and informed by setbacks. We will build strength through commitment and character, accepting challenges and rising every time we fall. We will be aggressive and play without fear, for history demonstrates that fortune favors the bold.
Like any grand project, ours is a work in progress. We cannot do it alone. Pioneering a new path forward takes the will of a generation full of optimism and hope, bound by the belief that there is nothing we cannot achieve if we are united in the cause. This is the American spirit, from which is born the American dream. It is time to take our destiny in our own hands and turn that dream into a reality. And do it together.
The future is US.