Image by Getty Images via @daylifeDavid Beckham was the most influential player in the Galaxy's 1-0, playoff-opening victory over the New York Red Bulls. Becks created several opportunities with his long-range passes and assisted Mike Magee on his goal.
Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan returned from injuries and narrowly missed adding to the top-seeded Galaxy.
Thierry Henry provided the team from New York with some moments of inspiration, though he was prevented by the Galaxy's well-organized defense from touching the ball in dangerous areas.
The two-game, total-goals series that concludes Thursday at the Home Depot Center.