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MLS Playoff Preview: New York Red Bulls - LA Galaxy

MLS Playoff Preview: New York Red Bulls - LA Galaxy

Andy Marlin

Between them, LA and NY employ six Designated Players. They meet in the most high-profile conference semifinal, with the first leg on Sunday.


PROBABLE LINEUPS
New York Red Bulls (4-4-2): Rost; Mendes, Keel, Ream, Miller; McCarty, Tainio, Marquez, Lindpere; Richards, Henry.

INJURY REPORT

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.

INJURY REPORT

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)

DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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.

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Available Squads
1Frank RostGoalkeeper
4Carlos MendesDefender
7R. MillerDefender
22Stephen KeelDefender
5Tim ReamDefender
4Rafa MárquezDefender
-Joel LindpereMidfielder
28Teemu TainioMidfielder
-Dane RichardsStriker
19Luke RodgersStriker
14Thierry HenryStriker
23Bouna CoundoulGoalkeeper
-Stéphane AuvrayMidfielder
14Mehdi BallouchyMidfielder
11Dax McCartyMidfielder
16J. AgudeloStriker
12Josh SaundersGoalkeeper
5Sean FranklinDefender
2Todd DunivantDefender
20A.J. DeLaGarzaDefender
4Omar GonzalezDefender
19JuninhoMidfielder
9Mike MageeMidfielder
32David BeckhamMidfielder
19Chad BarrettStriker
7Robbie KeaneStriker
10Landon DonovanStriker
1Donovan RickettsGoalkeeper
-Dasan RobinsonDefender
-Frankie HejdukDefender
-Michael StephensMidfielder
33Chris BirchallMidfielder
-Paolo Daniel CardozoMidfielder
-Adam CristmanStriker

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