Last year's playoff series between the New York Red Bulls and Los Angeles Galaxy was a star-studded affair.
While Los Angeles' high-profile names will be in the lineup for the teams' first meeting since then, New York will be missing two of its top players.
The Red Bulls will play for the first time without Thierry Henry on Saturday night when they visit a Galaxy team that should be boosted by the returns of fellow international superstars David Beckham and Robbie Keane.
Los Angeles (3-4-1) eliminated New York 3-1 on aggregate in last year's playoffs en route to winning the MLS Cup. Henry assisted on the Red Bulls' goal while Beckham assisted on two goals by Mike Magee in a series that also featured Keane, New York's Rafa Marquez and Galaxy captain Landon Donovan.
Henry is second in the league with nine goals and tied for third with five assists, but he'll miss up to four weeks with a strained right hamstring suffered in a 1-0 home win over New England last Saturday.
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