Galaxy-Red Bulls Preview

The Los Angeles Galaxy ended a brief losing streak with a

convincing win but likely won’t have it as easy against their next


The Galaxy have struggled in recent regular-season matchups with

the New York Red Bulls, who will try to extend a five-game unbeaten

run Sunday.

Los Angeles (5-3-2) blew out Philadelphia 4-1 on Wednesday as

Landon Donovan had a goal and two assists in his 200th game with

the club. Robbie Keane had a goal and an assist in his return from

an ankle injury.

“Landon’s due to get in a streak and start playing well, and,

obviously, Robbie makes us a better team, there’s no question about

that,” coach Bruce Arena told the league’s website. “But we’re not

naive enough to believe that we’ve arrived, and we’ve got a lot of

work to do.”

The Galaxy’s attempt to keep heading in the right direction will

come against a New York team that’s 4-0-1 since April 20. Despite a

handful of key players sitting out, the Red Bulls (6-4-3) kept

their unbeaten run going by responding quickly to a New England

goal last Saturday.

After his team gave up a score in the 54th minute, Lloyd Sam

found the net in the 55th. Heading into a three-game homestand, New

York has outscored its past five opponents 10-4 after getting

outscored 11-9 in its first eight games.

“I’m happy with the way we’re going and the way we’re

progressing,” midfielder Tim Cahill said. “The consistency and

discipline on defense has been there. It’s now on us to make sure

we continue that against L.A.”

Thierry Henry, Jamison Olave and Juninho could return after

skipping last week’s game because of fatigue.

“My concern is mostly about the amount of games that we’ve

played and the amount of minutes that certain players have played,”

coach Mike Petke told the league’s website. “My priority and

loyalty is to the club first, so I’ll do anything I can with the

best team that we can on the field and no matter who it is will be

the best situation that we can go with.”

With their help, the Red Bulls will try to build on a 3-0-1

record in their last four regular-season games against Los Angeles.

They won 1-0 in last season’s only meeting May 5 in California.

The Galaxy beat New York twice during the 2011 playoffs en route

to the first of their back-to-back league championships.

“They had a slow start but they seem to be picking it up.

They’re certainly a tough team,” Keane said. “We obviously know the

players they have and the threat they can cause us. This is, by no

means, going to be an easy game. It’s going to be a tough


Los Angeles is visiting Red Bull Arena for the first time since

a 1-0 playoff victory Oct. 30, 2011. New York won 2-0 in the most

recent regular-season matchup there Oct. 4, 2011.