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Live MLS Soccer League: New York vs. Philadelphia Predictions & Tips

Playoff tension will be in the air on Thursday night at Red Bull Arena, as the New York Red Bulls try to lock up a playoff bid when they take on the Philadelphia Union in live MLS soccer action. The live soccer television coverage will be set for ESPN at 8:00 p.m. (ET).

Going into the final fixture of the season, there are still a few teams that can snare the 10th and final playoff bid, and you can bet that there will be a ton of Union fans out there. The Red Bulls hold the final position right now by three points over the Chicago Fire and the Portland Timbers, while as of Tuesday night, DC United was five points back with two games to play.

Portland is essentially eliminated unless it can come up with a tremendous number of goals in its final fixture. It is a -8 on the season in goal differential, while the Fire are at even pegging. It really seems as though DC United has the best chance of the rest of the teams to get into the playoffs, as they can get in with two wins and a New York loss or two wins by at least a combined seven goals and a New York draw.

It would be a collapse of epic proportions if the Red Bulls didn’t get into the playoffs. Not only is their team stacked with talent like Thierry Henry, Luke Rodgers, and the likes, but they also needed just one point in their final two fixtures to ensure a postseason bid (barring two DC United victories by at least seven goals).

However, things for the Union are still up in the air as well. They are slotted into the East No. 2 position right now, and they are tied with Sporting Kansas City atop the table with 48 points and a +9 goal differential. A tiebreaker would give KC the edge should the two teams finish level on points on differential. The Columbus Crew and Houston Dynamo are also in range of the top spot in the East.

A point is good enough to suit the boys from the City of Brotherly Love, as it would ensure that they would not be a Wild Card in the playoffs. Finishing in second or third makes little difference, as there is a home and home duel set between those two teams in the quarterfinals of the MLS playoffs. Finishing first will ensure a quarterfinals date with the Wild Card winner with the most points, as there is no hope of running down the LA Galaxy for the top spot in the league.

However, things could get frighteningly bad with a bad result here for Philadelphia. A loss parlayed with the wrong results could see it down to fourth place in the East, which would set up a game against the Colorado Rapids in all likelihood. Should Colorado claim three points in its final game as well, the Rapids would host the one game playoff to get into the bracket.

Philly won the first fixture of these two teams 1-0 in the City of Brotherly Love. The Union have now picked up at least one point in eight straight fixtures, and that point would ensure safety from the Wild Card playoffs.

New York is still favored by a half goal at even money on the MLS odds, though. The ‘total’ has been set at 2.5, over -105.

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New York Red Bulls vs. Los Angeles Galaxy MLS Preview: Premier League Stars on Display

On Sunday night, American soccer fans have a true treat to watch on ESPN2, and we’re set to make our New York Red Bulls vs. Los Angeles Galaxy picks for one of the biggest fixtures that the MLS has ever seen.

No, it’s not that the Red Bulls and the Galaxy are getting ready to play in the MLS Cup in the playoffs. Though it is definitely a possible pairing in the first round of the draw, it’s not what anyone is really looking forward to. After all, New York is right on the cutoff line for the postseason as we speak, and its form down the stretch will determine whether or not it will even be in the 10-team field in the playoffs.

The real display here on Sunday is that we have so many major, major names in soccer that are all sharing a pitch at the same time on American soil, playing for American teams. Red Bull Arena will clearly be rocking, as the Red Bulls try to tame the giants of the MLS, the Galaxy.

The Red Bulls this year have been an epic failure, as they have assembled a team that, on paper anyway, should be challenging for the Eastern Conference crown. Thierry Henry is the leader of the bunch from his days with Arsenal in the Premier League, while other high profile names like Rafael Marquez and Frank Rost were really supposed to be helping out this roster as well. Henry and Marquez have done their parts. Henry has a dozen goals on the campaign and has consistently been a force on the offensive side of the pitch.

The problem that New York has is that it really can’t keep its own net clean. Over the course of the last five fixtures, the team has allowed at least two goals in all five, and it has surrendered a total of 13 strikes, the worst such mark in the MLS. No matter how strong Henry, Carlos Mendes, Roy Miller, and Marquez are in the outfield, if the goaltending just doesn’t shore up for this team, the 2011 Emirates Cup winners are going to be kept out of the postseason.

The Galaxy need virtually no introduction with all of their huge names that will be on display on Sunday night. Landon Donovan already has 11 goals this year to pace the team, and David Beckham has a pair of strikes to boot. Vitor Junior and Omar Gonzalez are internationally known names to boot, but the biggest acquisition might have been the most recent one. Robbie Keane came on last week after getting transferred in directly from the MLS and scored a goal for LA in fine form.

Los Angeles has been playing in the CONCACAF Champions League of late, which could give it some tired legs heading into this one. We know that the Galaxy have the names, but the Red Bulls do as well. These two teams fought to a 1-1 draw playing in Tinseltown earlier this season, and we would expect nothing less than yet another fantastic match, as two of the biggest, glitziest teams in the sport battle it out on Sunday night.

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