The first MLS playoff series of the season will resolve tonight as New York takes a one-goal advantage onto its home pitch against San Jose.
Here's a preview from MLS:
San Jose Earthquakes at New York Red Bulls 5 p.m. (ESPN2/ ESPN Deportes/ESPN3.com)
With Red Bulls designated player Thierry Henry out for the first leg in San Jose, Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe gave a start to 17-year-old Home Grown Player Juan Agudelo, alongside Juan Pablo Angel in attack. Agudelo made two appearances in the regular season, both as a substitute.
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Henry is questionable for the second leg as well. Henry missed the final two regular season games with a knee injury.
With the win at Buck Shaw Stadium, the Red Bulls have won their last three road playoff games. They will not have another this year if they advance to MLS Cup 2010 – they would host the Eastern Conference Championship if they advance.
For the first leg, Earthquakes head coach shifted Chris Wondolowski and Geovanni, starting the MLS Golden Boot winner as a striker while moving Geovanni on the right side of midfield. But for just the fifth time since Sept. 11, Wondolowski was held without a goal – the Quakes have been shut out in each of those games.
Since 2000, the Quakes have won just once at New York – a 1-0 win on May 7, 2005. The Red Bulls defeated San Jose 2-0 on Aug. 28 in Harrison, behind goals from Thierry Henry and Dane Richards.
And here's a better preview, which will be updated as the game moves along tonight.