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MLS Roundup: 2015 season starts with a bang

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In the thrilling weekend where the Major League Soccer got underway for the 2015 campaign, fifteen goals were scored, five of which being absolute crackers, along with plenty of entertainment across America and Canada.

Friday night saw the league kickstart in style, a glamorous opening display at the StubHub Centre in Los Angeles marked the start of the season, although Robbie Keane's vicious volley put the prior fireworks to shame, sending the current MLS Cup holders towards the top of the table with three points comfortably against Chicago Fire.

Saturday had more goals to come though. A sloppy showcase of defending from Montreal Impact gifted D.C. United with their opening goal of the season which proved to be the winner.

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Vancouver Whitecaps endured a painstaking dismantling against Toronto FC after taking a prosperous lead when new signing Octavio Rivero slotted home just before the quarter mark. However, it was former Sunderland and Hull City flop Jozy Altidore that proved to be the key man for the visitors, scoring twice, whilst another new arrival, Robbie Findley, provided the other goal.

It was a tantalising fixture down at BBVA Compass Stadium where Owen Coyle led his new side, Houston Dynamo, onto a hard fought three points against Columbus Crew. Although the visitors rattled the bar with what would have been a goal of the season contender from Federico Higuain, they could not get the ball past the Dynamo keeper, Tyler Deric, who had a notably outstanding performance.

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West Bromwich Albion and Derby County fans may be fond of former forward Giles Barnes. The 26-year-old proved to be the turning point in the tie, poking home a well worked goal just after the hour mark.

FC Dallas had to wait until the 91st minute to get their winning goal against a hard-done-by San Jose Earthquakes who held onto a worthy point desperately. Never the less, a strongly deflected header was diverted in by Blas Perez, making amends for his earlier embarrassing miss.

Portland Timbers somehow failed to score against Real Salt Lake, all thanks to a stunning goalkeeping performance from Nick Rimondo who undoubtedly earned the save of the week. The game ended in a goalless draw, similar to the dry game between Philadelphia Union and Colorado Rapids.

However, Sunday delivered the best football of the weekend by a country mile, kicking off with new boys Orlando City SC and New York City FC. Mix Diskerud thought he had snatched all three points to the surprise of everyone watching, but his curling effort was cancelled out by a ten man Orlando side in stoppage time when Kaka's free kick harshly deflected past Josh Saunders.

That game was followed by another exciting tie in Sporting Kansas City vs New York Red Bulls. The home side took the lead through Ike Opara, but the centre-back's hard work was cut out just four minutes later when Lloyd Sam produced hands down the goal of the week; dribbling his way towards the edge of the box confidently, turning and then unleashing an almighty curler into the top corner to perfection.

Seattle Sounders rounded off what was a brilliant opening gameweek in the MLS with a broad 3-0 victory over New England Revolution. Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins carried on their superb goalscoring form from last season to provide all three goals. 

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