The New York Red Bulls face a tall task Thursday night in the second leg of 2011 MLS Cup Playoff Western conference Semifinal series with the LA Galaxy (11 p.m. ET, ESPN2). They must become the first team to defeat the Galaxy on LA's home turf, the Home Depot Center.
The Red Bulls put themselves in this position by losing the first leg of the series, 1-0, Sunday at Red Bull Arena. The series winner will be determined by an aggregate score.
New York coach Hans Backe knows how difficult the task ahead of his team is.
"They're the most consistent team in the league. It's difficult to break them," Backe said. "They can win a game 1-nil, they can draw 1-1, they can win 4-nil; they know how to win a game. Not only this year, but they did it last year. Maybe for the last two years, the best team in this league."
The Red Bulls will be without midfielder Rafa Marquez, red-carded for a post-match incident with LA's Juninho Sunday.
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"It’s a lot to pick up four or five chances against LA," Backe said. "They’ve been rock-solid defensively. In a way, you can say they were solid, but on the other hand, you can say they were not solid because we got that many chances."