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  • October 30, 2011
  • • 3:00 PM
  • • Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey
  • Referee: A. Prus
  • • Attendance: 22663
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  • There could well be a suspension or two passed out from that, but either way New York has it all to do, down 1-0 heading to LA for the second leg.
  • Final whistle has gone, and there's a scrum in the middle of the pitch.
  • 90' + 5'
    Red Card Rafa Márquez
  • 90' + 5'
    Red Card Juninho
  • 90' + 5'
    Henry sends it over the bar. That should just about do it.
  • 90' + 4'
    Another foul called against LA. New York will get a dying chance.
  • 90' + 3'
    Henry wings a free kick, Galaxy defense gets it clear again.
  • 90' + 1'
    MARQUEZ!!!! No... Saved by Saunders. Henry has a crack... no... Red Bulls still searching.
  • 90' + 1'
    Ball pinging around in the box dangerously, New York still can't get the final touch.
  • 90'
    Into the final minute of regular time.
  • 89'
    Mendes puts the header over the goal.
  • 88'
    Time running out on this match, and it almost fell for Richards. Still nothing for New York. A corner coming though.
  • 86'
    Marquez hits it right into the wall.. real chance wasted there.
  • 84'
    This may be the best chance New York sees. Lindpere drew a foul in a great spot.
  • 83'
    Substitution Robbie Keane Chris Birchall
  • 83'
    Now Keane coming off the pitch.
  • 81'
    As you would expect New York is pressing pretty high, numbers forward. Still struggling to break down LA's back line.
  • 80'
    Substitution Luke Rodgers Mehdi Ballouchy
  • 80'
    First change for New York. Rodgers is off the pitch.
  • 78'
    Marquez seems intent to hit at goal whenever he gets the chance. Put another one over the bar. The service has not been great to the front men though, so it might not be the worst idea.
  • 77'
    Henry applauds a cross from Lindepere that gets nowhere near him.
  • 75'
    Good defensive work from New York to protect Rost. Keel blocked the first shot and they made it a tough angle for the second shot.
  • 73'
    DeLaGarza is down on the pitch after a collision with Marquez.
  • 71'
    Rodgers is livid he didn't get a call there.
  • 69'
    Henry's touch just let him down after Marquez found him in behind. Was going to be a tough change either way.
  • 67'
    Substitution Chad Barrett Adam Cristman
  • 67'
    Switch now for LA. Fresh legs to do some running in what has turned into a wide open game.
  • 66'
    To the credit of the Galaxy's back line, they've looked sturdy so far.
  • 64'
    Rodgers can't pull away from Gonzalez to get a good look, but the Red Bulls are looking dangerous again.
  • 63'
    New York gets the danger clear and goes back on the attack.
  • 62'
    Beckham draws a foul, and this might be a dangerous spot.
  • 59'
    Donovan tries to spark the break, Keane has to hold it up, and Now it's Henry coming back the other way. Marquez has the shot and it presents no real danger.
  • 57'
    Back down at the other end Miller has a go with his left on the volley. High and hard.
  • 55'
    Ream goes down, might have been clipped by Donovan. No call and Donovan has a free crack but Rost once again comes up big.
  • 54'
    Really good start to this half. Neither team trying to hold on, both going for goals. That's what the playoffs should be about.
  • 53'
    Donovan draws a foul and LA has another chance... Beckham with the delivery, cleared behind for a corner.
  • 52'
    Keane tried to set Beckham up, had the shot blocked away.
  • 50'
    The Galaxy better get a handle on this soon. New York is getting ever closer. Now it's LA with a free kick though.
  • 49'
    Still pushing. Richards picks out Lindpere, and Saunders makes a huge save!.
  • 47'
    More pressure from the Red Bulls. Rodgers gets in, fights for a ball and tries to pick out Henry, who in turn has to try a bike to get it near the goal. Goes wide, but New York showing some real intent.
  • 46'
    And action right away. Richards nearly made it 1-1. His pace is proving hard for NY to deal with.
  • 46'
    Action is back on.
  • Halftime is here. 1-0 Galaxy. This match could still go either way.
  • 45'
    That should have been two for LA. Keane rounds the keeper, but he hesitates and Rost gets back to slide it away before he can pick out his next move.
  • 44'
    Yellow Card Thierry Henry
  • 44'
    Another card coming out. This one to Henry for clipping Beckham.
  • 41'
    A set piece is cleared out by LA after being floated into the box, and then an exchange of the ball around midfield. Back and fourth we go.
  • 40'
    Yellow Card Sean Franklin
  • 39'
    Richards with another blazing run. Once again LA gets it clear of the danger. All the pressure the last couple of minutes has come from Red Bulls.
  • 37'
    Lindpere on his left foot, drags it wide.
  • 36'
    It looks like a pretty wide open affair. Both teams getting some of the ball. New York is on the attack right now.
  • 34'
    Richards shows a flash of pace down the right. Galaxy got it dealt with.
  • 31'
    LA certainly with more of the ball, but New York is trying to close down quickly.
  • 28'
    Good match so far. It would be hard to pick a winner right now. Henry tries to lay off a pass Rodgers at the top of the box.
  • 25'
    New York just escaped one. Ball in from the left just misses and onrushing Galaxy player's head. Red Bulls nearly hit back on the break as well, with Richards getting involved.
  • 23'
    LA back in possession of the ball and knocking it around after a nice spell from New York.
  • 21'
    Henry tries to cut one to the back post, pulls it wide of the mark.
  • 19'
    Rodgers and Gonzales in the first of what you would think will be more than few collisions today.
  • 17'
    That will change the nature of this game. Good goal for the Galaxy.
  • 15'
    Goal Mike Magee
    AND IT'S 1-0... Keane draws a foul near midfield. Beckham goes short, gets it back and finds Magee in behind. Great finish!!! 1-0 LA.
  • 14'
    Good start to the match. Some chances going both ways. Both sides looking pretty shard.
  • 11'
    New York just got away with one. Beckham picks out a runner, gets is knocked back, Keane bends it tot he back post, comes off the post, Magee, the original runner, heads it over the bar.
  • 10'
    Henry trying a little flick to Rodgers. Doesn't come off.
  • 8'
    Galaxy with a couple of moves forward. Barret was edged out and then Beckham. New York covering well.
  • 6'
    Lindpere working his first opening of the night. He's a real threat whenever he's on the pitch. Another corner comes of it for New York.
  • 5'
    Keel actually put his header on frame from the corner. No power, and it was saved, but a nice effort from him.
  • 4'
    Mendes sends in a cross, wins a corner. First really meaningful action of the night.
  • 3'
    Early play kind of drifting around. No great action to speak of.
  • 2'
    A quick note. The pitch looks like it's not in real good shape. Snow and whatnot. Could end up being a big part of the story if it doesn't hold up.
  • 1'
    We're off an running.
  • Looks like strong teams on both sides. Donovan and Keane both in the lineup for LA while New York gets to see Luke Rodgers back playing. Mendes, Ream, Keel, Miller across the back for NY with Marquez in the middle on the pitch in front of them. Franklin, Dunivant, Gonzalez and DeLaGarza across the back for LA with Beckham in front of them.
  • Premier matchup of this round of the MLS playoffs has the LA Galaxy and the New York Red Bulls facing off. Lot of stars on display, and plenty of story-lines to keep up with in this one.