November 1, 2011
BACKE RESPONDS TO LANDON
'Let him talk. We are on another level'
The Red Bulls may not able to win many important games in the MLS playoffs these days, but they certainly can hold their own in the war of words.
|Hans Backe had something to say to Landon Donovan about his remarks: “Let him talk. We are on another level."
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Responding to the remarks made by LA Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan, calling the Red Bulls dirty, after the visitors bested his team in the Western Conference semifinals first leg on Sunday, coach Hans Backe fired back at his rivals.
“Let him talk,” Backe said to MLSSoccer.com writer Kristian Dyer, who tweeted his remarks. “We are on another level."
Backe did not exactly say what that level was, after practice at Montclair State University on Tuesday. The Red Bulls left for southern California after the training session.
After the post-game fracas that left two midfielders suspended for the second leg in Carson, Calif. on Thursday – the Red Bulls’ Rafa Marquez and the Galaxy’s Juninho – Donovan criticized New York’s level of play, or lack thereof.
"In all my years in this league I have not played against a cheaper team than that," he said. "We've seen that stuff all year."
Mr. Donovan, we believe the next serve is yours.
It was not known whether the U.S. international will have a retort to what Backe said.
The Red Bulls face a must-win situation at The Home Depot Center.
The Galaxy captured the first leg, 1-0, on the strength of a 15th minute goal by former Red Bulls midfielder-forward Mike Magee. A Galaxy victory or tie in the total goals series eliminates the Red Bulls from the postseason. Away goals do not – do not – count double.
The capacity at the HDC will be limited to 15,000 because of a long standing, mutual agreement with The Home Depot Center and California State University, Dominguez Hills regarding reduced stadium capacity for midweek games during the school year. If the Galaxy advances to the conference championship on Sunday, the stadium capacity would return to the full 27,000.
The winner advances to the Western Conference final, facing the winner of the Seattle Sounders FC/Real Salt Lake conference semifinal. That match is scheduled for Sunday.