MLS 2012: Week 1 Recap

Vancouver 2 Montreal 0
VANCOUVER, BC — Two debuts. Different results.

Goals from Caps debutant Sebastien Le Toux and Camilo propelled the Vancouver Whitecaps to a 2-0 win over the Montreal Impact, who made their MLS debut on Saturday night at BC Place.

The victory is the second straight season-opening win for the Whitecaps, and the first-ever for rookie MLS coach Martin Rennie.

On the other side, the Impact were unable to earn a victory for first-year head coach Jesse Marsch.

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Chivas USA 0 Houston 1
CARSON, CA – They waited till the death, but the Houston Dynamo finally snapped their opening-day hex, defeating Chivas USA 1-0 in front of 14,564 at the Home Depot Center. Andre Hainault scored two minutes into stoppage time, collecting a ricocheted ball in the box and slamming his shot past Chivas’s heroic goalkeeper, Dan Kennedy, who kept the Goats in the match all night. He finished with seven saves on the afternoon.

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Dallas 2 New York 1
FRISCO, TX – Zach Loyd picked just the right moment to score a rare goal and then helped his team’s defense do just enough to get by, as FC Dallas topped the visiting New York Red Bulls 2-1 in front of a sold-out season opener at FC Dallas Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

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San Jose 1 New England 0
SANTA CLARA, CA — For San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski, 2012 began in much the same way 2011 ended.

Wondolowski, who tied for the league lead with 16 goals last year, scored in the 15th minute Saturday to give the Earthquakes a 1-0 win over the New England Revolution.

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Los Angeles 1 Salt Lake 3
CARSON, CA — You don’t see that very often.

The defending champions LA Galaxy took a lead early in the second half through Edson Buddle before conceding three unanswered goals to Real Salt Lake in the final 17 minutes to fall 3-1, spoiling LA’s home opener at The Home Depot Center on Saturday.

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DC United 0 Kansas City 1
WASHINGTON, DC – C.J. Sapong began his sophomore year with a bang, sneaking through the DC United defense to head home a late winner in Sporting KC’s 1-0 win in front of 16,314 fans at RFK Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

DC ‘keeper Bill Hamid had been the story of the first 90 minutes, stymieing Sporting at every turn. But in the 93rd minute, second-half substitute Sapong lost his marker on a corner kick, found space and placed a clinical header inside the near post.

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Colorado 2 Colombus 0
COMMERCE CITY, CO — It was déjà vu at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for Columbus on Saturday afternoon as the Crew began their 2012 season the way 2011 ended: with a road loss to a superior Colorado Rapids side.

Colorado collected all three points with a 2-0 victory in both sides’ First Kick match, with Drew Moor and Quincy Amarikwa providing the goals.

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