This weekend, MLS was back in full swing as the opening matches kicked off at CenturyLink Field for the Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City opener. This was the week everyone had been waiting for after weeks of clubs training for their openers, as newcomers gained their footing in the clubs readying to battle for the cup this season.
The opening match between the Sounders and SKC was messy. There were five yellow cards handed out, but the shock of the match came from the lone goal scorer: Chad Barrett. I don’t think anyone had him picked for the first goal of the season. Continuing the five yellow card theme was the match between D.C. United and Columbus Crew.
D.C. was not ready for its opener as it lost 3-0 on its own turf. Federico Higuain netted two goals for the Crew, which surely gives them a lot of confidence going into the season.
The Vancouver Whitecaps was triumphant in their match against the New York Red Bulls. Thierry Henry was missing from the lineup, which caused Tim Cahill to become a little lost, but I think the Whitecaps truly earned the 4-1 win. In the same way FC Dallas earned their 3-2 win over Montreal Impact. It was a busy match and no lone player carried the club to victory; it was a good win.
The Houston Dynamo were victorious over the New England Revolution with a 4-0 win. Will this be the year the Dynamo bring the cup home? It will be if man of the match Will Bruin has anything to say about it. Bruin scored two goals and had one assist for the Dynamo. Not a bad way to start off the season.
The Portland Timbers and Philadelphia Union had a less exciting match, which ended in a 1-1 draw; though Timbers fans may feel it was a victory as Gaston Fernandez scored the equalizer in the 93rd minute.
The Los Angeles Galaxy faced Real Salt Lake in what they saw as a rematch after being knocked out of the playoffs last year by Real. Sadly, Galaxy did not get its revenge as Real beat them 1-0 on their own turf. The same turf is used for Chivas USA home matches, but the Chivas was more victorious. As the underdogs of the match against Chicago Fire, Chivas upset Chicago by winning 3-2 in a very busy match.
Is this a sign Chivas will go out with a bang in its final season before a rebrand? We’ll have to wait and see.
Check back next Monday March 17 to read a review of Week 2 of MLS season as clubs begin getting back into form.