It's playoff time for the New York Red Bulls, who visit FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park for tonight's Wild Card game. We now, definitely, indisputably, have a must-win game ahead of us. Lose and we're done. Win and we go home (to play LA in the Conference Semi-final first leg).
Thierry Henry is back tonight, but Luke Rodgers will miss out due to injury. All of the other usual suspects (Albright, Hot, Robinson) are out for the season. Dallas has some long-term absentees, but no immediate injury problems. Suspensions and yellow card accumulation from the regular season (inexplicably) do not carry over to the playoffs.
You can find Dallas perspective at Big D Soccer.
Red Bulls: Frank Rost; Jan Gunnar Solli, Stephen Keel, Tim Ream, Roy Miller; Dax McCarty, Teemu Tainio, Rafael Marquez, Joel Lindpere; Dane Richards, Thierry Henry
Subs: Bouna Coundoul, Carlos Mendes, Stephane Auvray, Mehdi Ballouchy, Juan Agudelo
Dallas: Kevin Hartman; Jair Benitez, Ugo Ihemelu, George John, Zach Loyd; Brek Shea, Marvin Chavez, Andrew Jacobson, Daniel Hernandez, Ricardo Villar; Jackson
Subs: Chris Seitz, Jeremy Hall, Jack Stewart, Fabian Castillo, Maicon Santos, Bobby Warshaw, Daniel Cruz
Kickoff is at 9 PM and the game is on Fox Soccer. When the blast of war blows in our ears, then imitate the action of the tiger: stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood.