Galaxy say these Red Bulls can go far

LA captain Landon Donovan says NY needs time to gel

Donovan vs RBNY 2

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HARRISON,
N.J. – The game was billed as a possible precursor for MLS Cup. The 1-0 win by Los Angeles over New York on Saturday night underscored how the Galaxy are still the
class of the league.

But over the past month, New York has added two marquee
signings in Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez and all of a sudden, the Red Bulls
are the glamour club of MLS. That was a title once held by Los Angeles, often
jokingly referred to as “FC Hollywood” by rival fans for their high-profile
lineup.

The
Galaxy, however, concede that their East Coast counterparts have the look and
feel of a dangerous side. The Red Bulls were the more dominant team despite
dropping the result at Red Bull Arena on Saturday.

“They’re
not a bad team,” Los Angeles captain Landon Donovan said about New York. “It
will take them time to gel.”

The
Red Bulls had a statistical edge in shots, corner kicks and possession, earning
praise from their coach for their comfort on the ball in dictating the game’s
style and pace. Los Angeles attacker Mike Magee, a former New York player who
entered Saturday night’s game in the second half, says New York is a team that
can go far.

“They
have some talent, they just need time together – to put it all together,” Magee
told MLSSoccer.com. “They’re organized and confident, but you can tell that
they need some more time to work things out on the field.”

The
Red Bulls, playing in front of their first ever sell-out of Red Bull Arena for
a league match, endured a rough start to the match as they conceded the game’s
only goal in the 10th minute.

After the goal, New York went on
the attack, dominating long stretches from the 30th minute to the
final whistle. The backline held its shape and limited Los Angeles to mainly
half-chances, shutting down Donovan for much of the match.

In
fact, Donovan was limited mainly to tracking back and man-marking  in the second half and was largely kept off
the ball in dangerous spaces by the New York defense.

“This
was one of the toughest teams we played this year,” Magee said about the Red
Bulls. “They’re a good team, they’re tough defensively and in the midfield.
They can go far.”

Kristian
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