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The LA Galaxy vs. the New York Red Bulls is Major League Soccer’s ultimate Heavyweight title bout. It’s a match between teams that feature some of the league’s biggest names and carry some of the biggest expectations. The Galaxy, led by Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane, are trying to become the first team in MLS history to win three consecutive titles. The Red Bulls, led by Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill, are trying to win their first and bring joy to a franchise desperate to win its first major trophy.
Here are five reasons for you to watch this match:
1) The Donovan Dilemma – He is considered by many to be the greatest American soccer player of all-time, but Landon Donovan’s career is at a crossroads. After leading the Galaxy to a second straight MLS Cup last year, Donovan went on a 10-month soccer hiatus, saying he was physically and emotionally drained from so many years of competition. After missing the Galaxy’s first five matches, the spotlight is now on Donovan.
2) The Rookie Coach – Red Bulls rookie coach Mike Petke was one of the most beloved players in the history of the New York club and known for his emotional spirit. The Long Island native now aims to galvanize a talented side that has thus far come up short of expectations. It took Petke four games to record his first win, but he’s had the Red Bulls charging up the standings ever since.
3) Keane to Win Again – After leading his club to MLS Cup 2013, fiery Irishman Robbie Keane now wears the armband for LA and, when available, makes every one of the Galaxy’s attacking players better. After sitting out three games with an injury, Keane expects to return to action Sunday and put the Galaxy on course.
4) Henry’s Magic– One of the greatest forwards ever to play the game, Thierry Henry can do things few can around the goal, like this…
5) Coast to Coast – While it’s not a local rivalry, this bi-coastal feud dates back to the inaugural season of 1996, when nearly 70,000 fans came to the Rose Bowl to see the clubs’ first encounter. New York holds a 17-15-6 edge in the all-time series, but the last time they met at Red Bull Arena was the 2011 MLS Cup Playoffs; when the Galaxy won a heated battle and went on to eliminate New York.
Tune in on Sunday May 19th at 1:00PM ET on ESPN2 to see the Red Bulls take on the L.A. Galaxy.