Between them, LA and NY employ six Designated Players. They meet in the most high-profile conference semifinal, with the first leg on Sunday.
|New York Red Bulls (4-4-2): Rost; Mendes, Keel, Ream, Miller; McCarty, Tainio, Marquez, Lindpere; Richards, Henry.
OUT: DF Chris Albright (R calf strain); MF Sacir Hot (R knee surgery); MF Carl Robinson (R knee contusion)
QUESTIONABLE: FW Luke Rodgers (L knee inflammation)
|LA Galaxy (4-4-2): Ricketts; Franklin, Gonzalez, DeLaGarza, Dunivant; Magee, Juninho, Beckham, Donovan; Barrett, Cristman.||
OUT: DF Sean Alvarado (R knee surgery); DF Bryan Jordan (L middle finger tendon rupture); DF Leonardo (R knee surgery)
QUESTIONABLE: MF David Beckham (back spasms); DF Gregg Berhalter (R foot sprain); FW Landon Donovan (R quadriceps strain); DF Sean Franklin (R knee inflammation); FW Robbie Keane (L adductor strain); MF Dustin McCarty (concussion)
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- The Galaxy won the Supporters' Shield with the best record in the 2011 MLS regular season. New York finished 10th, the last placed team to qualify for the playoffs.
- With a 2-0 win over FC Dallas on Wednesday, the Red Bulls joined the Western Conference playoff bracket. Each of the four top teams in the West had more points in the regular season than the best team in the East, and New York boasts the highest payroll in MLS.
- Both Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan trained on Thursday and could return in time for the match. However, it's unlikely both will start.
- New York edged the regular season meetings between these clubs, drawing 1-1 in California and winning 2-0 at home.
- Jan Gunnar Solli was ejected against Dallas and will miss this match. He should be eligible on Thursday for the return leg in the Home Depot Center.