MLS- New York Red Bulls

MLS Playoffs: Galaxy vs. Red Bulls (Match Night Commentary)

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The Supporters Shield-winning LA Galaxy will try to move a step closer to the MLS Cup Final with a win (or draw) at Home Depot Center against the New York Red Bulls tonight (11pm, ESPN2) in their Western Conference semifinal second leg.

The Red Bulls have other plans, trying to continue a surprising run from last team in the playoffs to MLS Cup Final.

The Galaxy posted a 1-0 victory in the first leg at Red Bull Arena, but the Red Bulls definitely pushed LA to the brink, creating several quality chances that forced Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders into some truly stunning saves.

There will be some lineup changes from the first leg after the post-game scuffle in the first leg led to suspensions for Rafa Marquez and Juninho. The return from suspension of Red Bulls right back Jan Gunnar Solli should also play a factor tonight.

SBi will be providing commentary on tonight's match, so please feel free to follow the match here. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Commentary is after the jump):

  • Eric

    I keep hearing that he hasn’t fully recovered from an injury?

    I love Donovan for all he’s done for the nats and will always support him but I almost wonder if he’s just racking up too many miles right now and needs to be left to rest for a while after MLS rather than jumping back into US games.


  • Soccer Man

    Fortunately for him he isn’t actually required to play. Everyone will just keep saying how great he is anyway.

    Oh, look at that, he just shot. Now if he could shoot on the goal.


  • Soccer Man

    I think Donovan was motivated to make that great defensive play by the fact that it was going to Rogers!


  • Soccer Man

    Beckham is obviously a great passer but I think the best man won this year as far as the assist title is concerned. Brad Davis is incredible and continued his ways in the playoffs today. While Beckham seems to be hitting quite a few right at the goalkeeper, Davis has been curling them in perfectly and away from the keeper. Just an observation. I am NOT saying Davis is a better player than Beckham!


  • Bryan

    Well if NYRB can come back and win Juan might actually get to play now due to Theirry being Theirry…


  • Nick

    The best defender in all of history, whose greatness Klinsmann should apparently be fired for not recognizing (or so I read on here earlier today), is currently getting flame-broiled by something called a “Luke Rodgers.”


  • Soccer Man

    I can’t believe NYRB fired Arena after such a short period but then stuck with two consecutive chumps for so long. Backe should go Backe to Austria. He’s probably the only one who would keep Agudelo on the bench. He seems to favor Europeans.


  • Conrad

    Auvray off, please. Ballouchy — I can’t believe I’m saying — on. Or is Kandji available??


  • Soccer Man

    Miller: “Oh, look! I’m in the penalty area and Beckham is right next to me with the ball. I think I will simultaneously push him with both hands in the back and kick him. No one will notice.”

    This puts the cheap shot comments in perspective.


  • Conrad

    So Lindpere is off. Hans Backe: You have made an enemy. The hell with this team. Go Cosmos.


  • Mark

    I would have liked to have seen Tanio play the full game, bu tcongrats to the Gals. Beckham was great for them tonight.


  • Conrad

    Agreed, and yet Gonzalez’s team won. What are you gonna do?

    I’d like somebody to compile the W-L record of Red Bulls with and without Tainio.


  • Joamiq

    I only saw the replay once and I was a bit lubricated at that point so I reserve the right to change my mind, but it looked pretty dastardly to me.


  • dr Spock

    You shouldn’t drink – if you killed a brain cell you’d only have half of your brain left.


  • TomG

    Fitting that the RBNY season ends with the same problems that plagued them all season.

    1) Lack of organization and focus (1st goal). Another set piece goal, really?

    2) Lack of discipline. Another stupid foul… in the box no less?

    I hate to call for anyone’s job, but a team with no organization and no discipline is typically poorly coached. These are 2 of the few areas a manager can directly influence. Backe may be in a bad situation with prima donna players, but he hasn’t gotten a handle on these problems at all. RBNY needs a more authoritarian manager with better support from the RBNY hierarchy. Soler has been equally awful. The Marquez move was a disaster and trading DeRo for Dax is a joke.


  • This Guy

    What’s your problem? GF/BF break up with you? Bitter that you aren’t good at sports? Hemorrhoids? or you just felt like being a turd tonight.


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