Los Angeles Galaxy at New York Red Bulls: Matchday

Los Angeles Galaxy at New York Red Bulls: Matchday

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Los Angeles Galaxy at New York Red Bulls: Matchday

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Good evening folks. Tonight is the big night. David Beckham and the Galaxy take on the New York Red Bulls.

A big crowd of more than 50,000 is expected for tonight’s match, a match that will be hard-pressed to live up to last year’s installment, a 5-4 thriller won by the Red Bulls.

The Red Bulls will debut new signings Jorge Rojas and Juan Pietravallo today, although only Rojas will be in the starting lineup.

I will be doing a running commentary through the match so please feel free to follow along here if you aren’t one of the 50,000 baking at Giants Stadium. If you will be watching the match, then please share your thoughts, opinions and play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the match (lineups after the jump):

————Angel————–Echeverry————–

Van Den Bergh——Rojas——————Richards

—————–Stammler—-Mendes—————-

Goldthwaite———-Boyens—————-Parke

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BENCH– Thornton, Freeman, Leitch, Pietravallo, Ubiparipovic, Magee, Wolyniec

Yes, I know, the Echeverry inclusion is a bit of a shocker. Boyens in the middle of the three is a bit of a surprise. Also, no Juan Pietravallo in the starting lineup. Very interesting.

Share your pre-game thoughts and thoughts on the lineup below. This will be the running commentary post so check back in here throughout the evening.

The Galaxy lineup is after the jump.

Enjoy the match.

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FINAL- Bright spots for the Red Bulls include Van Den Bergh and Rojas, who showed that he can definitely pass and move, but couldn’t finish to save his life. The Jeff Parke at right back experiment looked shaky while Oscar Echeverry didn’t do much to make you think he should stick around when the time comes to cut some more players to make room for Gabriel Cichero and Diego Jimenez.

That’s it for me tonight. I’ll discuss tonight’s match more on Monday (and possibly tomorrow). Feel free to share your thoughts on tonight’s match in the comments section below.

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FINAL- Donovan’s cross turned shot from 30 yards out ties this one and Conway is left knowing he should have gotten to that ball. RED BULLS 2, GALAXY 2

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93rd minute– What a shocker. Such a heartbreaker for the Red Bulls, who outplayed LA most of the night.

DONOVAN OFF THE POST!! WOW.

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92nd minute- GOAL GALAXY. Landon Donovan with a cross that curls into the net. GALAXY 2, RED BULLS 2. Conway with a shocker.

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91st minute– Three minutes of stoppage time.

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89th minute– Juan Pietravallo set to come in and make his debut. He’s in for Van Den Bergh, who gets my vote for man of the match.

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85th minute– VDB with another blast on Cronin. Rojas has floated to the right side. And we have a RB corner.

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83rd minute– Van Den Bergh and Rojas have swapped positions. it looks like Van Den Bergh is camped out centrally, with VDB on the wing now.

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82nd minute– Van Den Bergh with a shot that forces a save and Wolyniec can’t finish. So maybe Wolyniec hasn’t looked great since he’s been out there, but at least he looks like he’s trying. And Van Den Bergh is having a great game. He loves playing against LA.

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80th minute– Is it me or has Beckham been way off tonight? His crosses have been awful. Van Den Bergh has provided better service tonight.

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79th minute– Alan Gordon has come in for Greg Vanney.

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75th minute– 46,754 is the attendance tonight.

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74th minute– Another great Red Bulls sequence cretes some chances and the Red Bulls are creating. Galaxy defense looks shaky.

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71st minute- GOAL RED BULLS. JUAN PABLO ANGEL WITH A GREAT MOVE on Chris Klein or Greg Vanney. We’ll need dental records to identify the body. And yes, it was Vanney. RED BULLS 2, GALAXY 1.

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69th minute– ROJAS with a clear header that Cronin saves. Another chance wasted and a great cross in from Van Den bergh.

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68th minute– APologies for the delay. The wireless went out in the press box.

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58th minute– Rojas with a clear shot that goes high. It was on his left foot. Not sure he’ll get a better chance than that. That one was on a platter.

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57th minute– LA with a corner.

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54th minute– Van den Bergh forces a save by Cronin. Nice shot. Red Bulls corner kick

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52nd minute– Ruiz with a nice move to create a shot but it’s stopped.

Richards with a hip injury.

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50th minute– Hunter Freeman is on for Richards. No word on the injury yet.

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49th minute– Dane Richards has been taken off the field on a stretcher. No word on the injury yet.

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47th minute– There’s Donovan again. If he ever stops passing and just runs at the Red Bulls defense, the Red Bulls will be in trouble.

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46th minute– And we’re off.

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HALFTIME- RED BULLS 1, GALAXY 1. A lot more life in the final 20 minutes of the match as both teams started to move the ball around better. The Galaxy broke down the Red Bulls defense while the Red Bulls put together a quality goal of the week candidate.

Landon Donovan looked very dangerous at times and Carlos Mendes just can’t deal with his speed. If anyone is going to score a winner tonight I think it’s Donovan.

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45th minute– Echeverry has a GIFT of a chance blocked. Angel with a great dribble and cross in. Troy Roberts with the clutch tackle.

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39th minute– DONOVAN VOLLEY just misses high. Nice idea.

And what I said before, about not having more than two goals in this match? Another jinx by yours truly. Glad to know it still works.

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37th minute– Van Den Bergh with his fifth goal of the season on a perfect low shot. Rojas with his first assist and I have a feeling Red Bulls fans are feeling pretty good about their new acquisition.

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35th minute- GOAL RED BULLS!! Dave Van Den Bergh with
the strike on a SICK pass from Jorge Rojas. WOW. Rojas with the backheel assist.

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33rd minute– Red Bulls can’t string any passes together.

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28th minute- GOAL GALAXY. RUIZ FROM BUDDLE

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26th minute- Bekcham hits the wall.

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25th minute- DANGEROUS free kick for the Galaxy. Right at the top of the arc.

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21st minute- SAVE CONWAY. Great run and pass by Donovan but Ruiz can’t beat Conway, who makes himself big and stops a weak attempt.

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19th minute- Definitely not the same buzz as a year ago.

ANGEL SHOT SAVED. Cronin with a nice shot and what a pass from Rojas.

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16th minute- Ruiz with a shot wide. It will be interesting to see how he does tonight against the team he could wind up playing for. What will be more interesting is if he flies back with the Galaxy tomorrow.

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14th minute- Not quite the goal-fest of last year. This one is going to be a grinder. I doubt there’ll be more than two goals scored today.

Still waiting for Rojas to get involved.

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8th minute- Echeverry with a decent pass. I really do wonder how much he’ll be able to move. He didn’t look good in practice earlier in the week.

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5th minute- Jon Conway has the trucker hat on to battle the sun. The sun is right in his face and any dangerous free kicks will be an adventure.

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2nd minute- Klein with a yellow for a foul on Dave Van Den Bergh. Pretty quick yellow card, but not for Baldomero Toledo.

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1st minute- And we’re off. Late arriving crowd here.

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PRE-GAME– Here is the Red Bulls starting lineup:

————Angel————–Echeverry————–

Van Den Bergh——Rojas——————Richards

—————–Stammler—-Mendes—————-

Goldthwaite———-Boyens—————-Parke

———————–Conway————————-

BENCH– Thornton, Freeman, Leitch, Pietravallo, Ubiparipovic, Magee, Wolyniec

Yes, I know, the Echeverry inclusion is a bit of a shocker. Boyens in the middle of the three is a bit of a surprise. Also, no Juan Pietravallo in the starting lineup. Very interesting.

And here is the LA Galaxy starting lineup:

———-Ruiz————-Buddle————

———Donovan——–Beckham———-

———–Pires———-Vagenas————

Jazic——Vanney—–Roberts———Klein

——————-Cronin———————-

BENCH- Wicks, Randolph, Dominguez, Allen, Franchino, Tudela, Gordon

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