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Quickie recap of Saturday’s opening night in MLS

Mar 3, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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Dig around ProSoccerTalk for more layered analysis of opening night in Major League Soccer’s 18th season – or just hit the high points here if that is more to your liking:

Night’s biggest upset: That was in Seattle, where the second-year Montreal Impact, under a new coach, used a Davy Arnaud goal to slip past Seattle.

Night’s least surprising result: That was at the echoing and embarrassingly empty Home Depot Center, where the first match of the Jose Luis ‘Chelis’ Sanchez Sola’s team looked like a team without a plan in falling to Columbus, 3-0. It’s not surprising because Chivas USA seems to be going into 2013 with a very shaky course of action; we told you Columbus looked a team that could surprise a lot of people.

Best individual performances: Graham Zusi was in on all three goals as visiting Sporting Kansas City overcame an awful first 30 minutes to pull a 3-1 win out of Philadelphia. Ricardo Clark was strong for Houston in the club’s 2-0 win over D.C. United. And in Dallas, center backs George John and Matt Hedges were the backbone of FCD’s 1-0 win over Colorado, where the visitors ran the midfield but couldn’t get past Dallas’ commanding center backs.

The night’s best goal: Federico Higuain picked up where he left off for Columbus – before that late injury that slowed the Argentine playmaker’s momentum in 2012. Watch his shot from almost 30 yards last night.



The night’s howler: That was in Dallas, where Colorado goalkeeper Steward Ceus will need to put this one out of his mind … and right quick.


  1. footballer4ever - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Yeap! Watch them all games except for ChivasUSA vs Crew game. What an embarrassing football club, ChivasUSA is. When will MLS realize and convince Vergara it is best to put this football club “brand” to death or relocate and rebrand.

    The SSFC vs Impact match was very well played and the Impact looked well improved from last season. The SSFC looked a bit out of sync which i am sure they’ll WD that football club machine.

    Football is back. Real football, that is.

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