The Galaxy and New York Red Bulls square off next weekend in Major League Soccer's marquee showdown, the only regular-season meeting this year with the new unbalanced schedule.
Now it looks as if the biggest name in the game -- sorry, David Beckham -- won't be on the field.
Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry exited Saturday afternoon's 1-0 victory over visiting New England because of a hamstring injury that's certain to sideline him several weeks if not longer. The Galaxy and Red Bulls meet next Saturday at Home Depot Center. The 5 p.m. game will be televised by ESPN and ESPN Deportes.
The 34-year-old French striker, a veteran of four World Cups and probably the greatest talent ever to pull on an MLS uniform, went down clutching his right hamstring while sprinting in New England territory in the 22nd minute. He remained prone for several minutes, showing obvious distress, and had to be assisted from the field. The club quickly identified the injury as a hamstring strain, although it appeared more severe; tests will determine if damage is greater. Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe told media Henry likely would be out 3-4 weeks.
The Red Bulls (4-3-1) were already missing seven major contributors: injured defenders Jan Gunnar Solli, Wilman Conde, Roy Miller and Stephen Keel, midfielder Teemu Tainio and forward Juan Agudelo, plus suspended defender/midfielder Rafa Marquez, who will finish his three-game ban against the Galaxy.
Henry scored the goal, his league-best ninth of the season, in the seventh minute: a superb lob on the sprint while battling a defender from Connor Lade's long ball up the left flank.