Rafa Marquez’s debut: NY Red Bulls 0 LA Galaxy 1

The LA Galaxy won bragging rights as they beat the NY Red Bulls, 1-0.
Edson Buddle was put through by a nice pass by Juninho and the Galaxy striker made no mistake. Juan Pablo Angel came close to restoring parity on a couple of different occasions. His free kick missed by a whisker and then his header from a swerving free kick by Rafa Marquez clanged off the crossbar.
Thierry Henry showed some nice foot skills and a quick eye for a pass but his finishing let him down- he looks a few knots slower than his Barca days. His big moment came when he raced after the ball with Donovan Ricketts also come charging out from goal – the French striker tried going to the right but Ricketts with a sliding challenge was able to cut him off.
The Red Bulls came close again with Ricketts saving Angel’s header off Lindpere’s cross and off the rebound Tim Ream smashes it but it deflected off Berhalter for a corner. Buddle came close again in the final minutes with Bouna Condoul stretched out to make a finger tips save off his stinging grounder.

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