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New York Red Bulls vs LA Galaxy MLS Cup Playoffs First Leg Preview

The Western Conference semi-finals kick off on Sunday when the Red Bulls meet the LA Galaxy at home. The probably roster includes Luke Rodgers returning from injury and Thierry Henry complimenting him.

The first leg of the New York Red Bulls/Los Angeles Galaxy series kicks off on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ. The Red Bulls were able to defeat the F.C. Dallas on Wednesday 2-0 to move onto the Western Conference semi-finals. This is a similar scenario to 2008 when the team became the Western Conference champions.

The Red Bulls are expecting to start Luke Rodgers and Thierry Henry at the top, with Dane Richards, Rafa Marquez, Teemu Tainio, and Joel Lindpere as support. The starting defense should see Carlos Mendes, Stephen Keel, Tim Ream, and Roy Miller help protect keeper Frank Rost. There are still questions about Rodgers, who has been dealing with knee inflammation all week, but all indications are that he'll be healthy for the start of the game on Sunday.

The game will air live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. The second leg will be played in Los Angeles on Thursday, November 3rd. If there is not a clear winner the series will be decided by an aggregate.