The New York Red Bulls are heading into Sunday's match against the LA Galaxy continuing their up and down season. After experiencing one of their biggest "ups" of the year from beating the Seattle Sounders 4-1 last Saturday, New York followed up with what could arguably be called their lowest "down" as they were eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League after failing to beat a weak CD Fas side in El Salvador on Wednesday night. Now the team is looking to turn things around, yet again, by playing a red hot Galaxy on the road in Los Angeles.
Here's what we know:
- It's all about the playoffs.
- LA is really, really good.
In case you haven't been paying attention, the Galaxy have been on a bit of a hot streak lately. They haven't lost in their last seven matches and have been finding the back of the net like nobody's business. Robbie Keane continues to be one of the league's most consistent and impressive designated players, while Gyasi Zardes seems to be hell bent on proving that he deserves some consideration for a call up to the US national team. Together, they have lit the league on fire and secured their team a spot in a very competitive Western Conference playoff race....all with the help, of course, of American soccer legend, Landon Donovan. Rounding out his last year of competitive play before his retirement from professional soccer, Donovan is also playing like someone with something to prove. Make no mistake, going up against New York on national Television, during primetime, means LD is going to be playing for keeps.
Here's what we don't know:
- How is the team feeling?
- Can New York get a win on the road?