The panic level went to orange when the New York Red Bulls got the opening goal from Joel Lindpere in the 61' on Wednesday. It had raised all the way to midnight by the time Thierry Henry put in his 88' goal. As a result of winning 2-0 in Dallas, the Red Bulls will now host the LA Galaxy on Sunday to be broadcast on ESPN. The return leg will be Thursday at the Home Depot Center.
The Galaxy went 0-1-1 this season against New York, with a 1-1 draw at the Home Depot Center, then a 2-0 loss in New York without Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane, Mike Magee, and Josh Saunders.
Under this current playoff format, which began in 2003, the Galaxy are 3-1-1 in the first leg of the quarterfinals and 3-1-1 in the second. The Galaxy are 20-3-1 all time at home in the post-season and 8-10-4 on the road. The last time the Galaxy fast New York outside the regular season, they were known as the MetroStars.
What's different about this season as opposed to previous ones is the Red Bulls had to play a full 90. The Red Bulls will have to play three games in eight days, which is no small task. The Galaxy, meanwhile, have had the week to rest up.
So what do you think? Do you agree with Grant Wahl, that a cross country trip is no way to treat your Supporters' Shield winner? Are you excited to going about New York again? Or would you rather face any other team on earth? How are you liking this new playoff format?