NY Red Bulls Hope to Dominate a Beckham-Less Galaxy
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With just over two weeks to go until the kickoff of the Major League Soccer season, the questions on everybody's mind remains the same: without David Beckham, what now? In New York, the hope is that the star-studded roster of the Red Bulls will lift the MLS Cup trophy next Fall and replace the L.A. Galaxy at the top of the league. "Winning. That's the main thing," Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry told Reuters.

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SHOWS: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (FILE) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) 1. VARIOUS OF ROBBIE KEANE AND DAVID BECKHAM TRAINING FOR LA GALAXY HARRISON, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES (FEBRUARY 11, 2013) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) 2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LOS ANGELES GALAXY STRIKER ROBBIE KEANE SAYING: "For me, it won't really change from what I did last year. This year will be kind of much of the same stuff. Of course, when you've got the experience players around you like David [Beckham] and Landon [Donovan] -- and they're obviously not there -- it certainly does help you as a player when you're playing with good players around you, so. We'll miss them, but hopefully we'll see Landon soon." HARRISON, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES (FILE-2010) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) 3. HENRY TRAINING WITH RED BULLS HARRISON, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES (FEBRUARY 11, 2013) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) 4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NY RED BULLS STRIKER THIERRY HENRY SAYING: "Winning. That's the main thing. If you also go into a type of consistency that always can help. We have a new coach, new staff, new players. . . It's easy to talk at the beginning of the season. It's easy to say we're going to do this, we're going to do do that. We need to get into a consistency, or a type of rhythm, to be able to perform. We're all going to have to chase L.A. now. Again. They won it back-to-back, so that's the aim. We all went home being sad. Whether you do the playoffs or you don't, the most important thing is to win. There is only one winner; one team that is going to go home happy, so that was again L.A. So we're going to have to try to fight hard and to perform." HARRISON, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES (FEBRUARY 11, 2013) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) 5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LOS ANGELES GALAXY STRIKER ROBBIE KEANE SAYING: "I'm sure they are, yeah. I'm sure we have someone in the pipeline. I think it's important for the team to get kind of big name players in. And if we get Frank [Lampard], it will be good." LONDON, ENGLAND (FILE) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) 6. STILL PHOTO OF CHELSEA MIDFIELDER FRANK LAMPARD STORY: With just over two weeks to go until the kickoff of the Major League Soccer season, the questions on everybody's mind remains the same: without David Beckham, what now? In New York, the hope is that the star-studded roster of the Red Bulls will lift the MLS Cup trophy next Fall and replace the L.A. Galaxy at the top of the league. "Winning. That's the main thing," Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry told Reuters. "It's easy to talk at the beginning of the season. It's easy to say we're going to do this, we're going to do do that. We need to get into a consistency, or a type of rhythm, to be able to perform. We're all going to have to chase L.A. now. Again. They won it back-to-back, so that's the aim," said Henry. In the absence of Beckham, the Frenchman leads the most star-studded roster in the league which includes Australian playmaker Tim Cahill who moved from Everton last year and newly-signed Brazilian Juninho. While Cahill and Henry fill the two special 'designated player' slots for the Red Bulls -- that is players exempted from the league-wide salary cap, the rest of the roster reflects the cosmopolitan nature of their city with players from Argentina, Colombia, and Japan. However, the Red Bulls learned last year that having a talented roster doesn't guarantee onfield performance. "We all went home being sad. Whether you do the playoffs or you don't, the most important thing is to win," said Henry. "There is only one winner; one team that is going to go home happy, so that was again L.A. So we're going to have to try to fight hard and to perform." Out in Los Angeles, it will be striker Robbie Keane who will lead the champions back on the field. With David Beckham moving on to Paris St Germain after the end of his headline-grabbing contract and perennial All-Star Landon Donovan deciding to take a rest, the Irishman is undaunted by the challenge ahead. "For me, it won't really change from what I did last year. This year will be kind of much of the same stuff. Of course, when you've got the experience players around you like David and Landon -- and they're obviously not there -- it certainly does help you as a player when you're playing with good players around you, so. We'll miss them, but hopefully we'll see Landon soon," said Keane. Donovan has yet to decide if or when he will return to the Galaxy or the U.S. National Team, though insiders predict he will return by the summer. In his absence, rumors have circulated about what big-name L.A. will sign. After a failed effort to land Kaka from Real Madrid, the rumors have now moved to London and Chelsea captain Frank Lampard. "I'm sure we have someone in the pipeline. I think it's important for the team to get kind of big name players in. And if we get Frank, it will be good," said Keane with a smile. The MLS season starts Saturday, March 2nd.