LA Galaxy vs. New York Red Bulls: Game Thread

HARRISON, NJ - OCTOBER 30: Abel the Bull is seen outside of Red Bull Arena prior to the start of the match between the Los Angeles Galaxy and the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on October 30, 2011 in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for New York Red Bulls)

The bits before the match (and there are always bits). First up, ROBBIE KEANE! Remember, when he got hurt in Ireland, their doctors declared it a serious injury and the Galaxy basically said "we'll have our guy take a look". Well the official word from there guy was left adductor strain (groin), and he must have worked the strain off this week in practice cause he's in the Starting XI. 

Now in less happy news, the Galaxy are the underdogs this afternoon. That seems crazy that #1 is the underdog to #10 but remember MLS teams are notoriously worse on the road, and there's the curse of Champions League. Since Champions League added group stages, only one team participating in the tournament has made it out of the MLS Cup quarterfinals. 

I will say the Galaxy's recent trip to New York might work in their favor, as well as Donovan and Keane getting a month's rest. The team is in familiar territory, with two stars well rested. 

Galaxy New York
GK Saunders
GK Rost
DEF Franklin DEF Mendes
DEF DeLaGarza DEF Keel
DEF Gonzalez DEF Ream
DEF Dunnivant DEF Miller
MID Donovan MID Richards
MID Beckham MID Tainio
MID Juninho MID Marquez
MID Magee MID Lindpere
FWD Barrett FWD Rodgers
FWD Keane FWD Henry

 

LA Subs: Ricketts, Hejduk, Birchall, Robinson, Stephens, Cardozo, Cristman

New York Subs: Coundoul, Auvray, Agudelo, McCarty, Ballouchy

Match Day: Quarterfinals

Game Time: 12:00 pm

TV: ESPN2

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