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Up next for the Galaxy: Thursday vs. Red Bulls

The Galaxy needs at least a tie to advance to the conference finals.

November 02, 2011|By Kevin Baxter

Galaxy tonight

VS. NEW YORK RED BULLS

When: 8.

Where: Home Depot Center.

On the air: TV: ESPN2, ESPN Deportes; Radio: 1330.

Records (including playoffs): Galaxy 20-5-10, Red Bulls 11-9-16.

Record vs. Red Bulls: 1-1-1.

Update: With a goal in hand heading into the second leg of the home-and-home playoff, the Galaxy faces an advantage and a challenge. A tie is all the team needs to advance to the conference title game, but it can't afford to get too conservative, midfielder David Beckham said. "There's no point sitting back and thinking you can defend a one-nil lead," he said. "But we have to be cautious." The Galaxy will be without midfielder Juninho, who received a red card after coming to Landon Donovan's defense in the scrum Sunday after a win against the Red Bulls at Harrison, N.J. New York defender Rafael Marquez will also be ineligible Thursday for provoking that incident. The Galaxy hopes to get a full game from Robbie Keane, who made his first start in nearly a month in the playoff opener, going 83 minutes at forward. But the real focus — and pressure — will be on Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders and the league's stoutest defense, which gave up 28 goals in 35 games, best in MLS.

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