MLS notebook: Star power: Henry likely to face Beckham's Galaxy

2012-02-28T00:01:00Z MLS notebook: Star power: Henry likely to face Beckham's GalaxyDave Ord Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 28, 2012 12:01 am  • 

While Tucson soccer fans have already seen one star, David Beckham, in two matches, they are likely to get their first look at another talented European, Thierry Henry, when the New York Red Bulls play the Los Angeles Galaxy in the second game of Wednesday's Desert Diamond Cup doubleheader.

Henry, who has won World Cup and European Championship titles with France, is expected to be in the lineup for New York on Wednesday in an 8 p.m. match at Kino Stadium.

"I would say 99 percent he will play on Wednesday," Red Bulls coach Hans Backe said after the team's practice at Kino Sports Complex on Monday. "He has a little bit of a problem - it's not really an injury - but swelling in his calf."

Henry, who trained at Kino on Monday, played the full 90 minutes in the Red Bulls' 0-0 draw with UNAM Pumas of Mexico at Chase Field in Phoenix on Thursday night.

Backe also said Mexican star Rafa Marquez is likely to play in Saturday's Desert Diamond Cup final doubleheader as long as the midfielder/defender comes through uninjured in Mexico's friendly against Colombia in Miami on Wednesday. Backe said Marquez might not start but should be on the roster.

Donovan on the field

Although he was in training gear and out on the field Monday at Kino Sports Complex, Los Angeles midfielder Landon Donovan did not play in the Galaxy's intrasquad minigames.

Donovan, who has bronchitis, was withdrawn Sunday from the United States national team list for Wednesday's away match against Italy.

"He's making progress," Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. "He's up and moving around today, so that's good. Hopefully, he can continue to get a little bit better each day."

Will Tucson fans get a chance to see the nation's top all-time scorer? "Don't know at this point," Arena said.

Revs are top of table

It seems only fitting that a team nicknamed the Revs would be in the driver's seat when it comes to reaching the Desert Diamond Cup championship match.

The New England Revolution won its first two matches and is in good shape to be playing Saturday in the 8 p.m. championship match. The bottom two teams in the standings will play Saturday at 6 p.m.

With a final set of matches Wednesday, New England leads with six points. Los Angeles and Real Salt Lake both have three points, but the Galaxy holds the tiebreaker with a better goal difference.

The Red Bulls have no points, but could be in the mix with a big win over Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Corner kicks

• The cloverleaf of Kino Sports Complex fields north of Ajo Way has become quite the busy place with each of the four Desert Diamond Cup teams inhabiting one of fields. At one point Monday morning, all four teams were training at the same time.

• The Red Bulls played golf at La Paloma on Sunday. "We had more of a day off. We had a training session in the morning and then we had golf session in the afternoon," Backe said while chuckling.

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