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It was opening week for Major League Soccer after a lengthy offseason. Goal.com breaks down the league's best performers.

Goalkeeper:

Kasey Keller
(Seattle Sounders FC): A day before turning 40, the veteran 'keeper put in a steady and experienced performance to keep a clean sheet against last year's MLS Cup finalists, the New York Red Bulls.

Defense:

Jim Brennan
(Toronto FC): He doesn't score much, but fan-favorite Brennan got a crucial one against the Kansas City Wizards, as well as putting in his usual steady shift at left back.

Wilman Conde (Chicago Fire): The central defender helped Chicago weather the storm of the Dallas FC attack as the Chicago offense took most of the game to get going.

Jhon Hurtado (Seattle Sounders FC): Hello, Mr. Hurtado. Welcome to MLS. Your first task: man-mark Juan Pablo Angel out of the match. What? You've already accomplished that? Very well. Good job. It's all easy sailing from here on out.

Kevin Alston (New England Revolution): When making your MLS and professional debut, the experienced attacker you're matched up against is supposed to give you nightmares, not be shut down. Alston didn't get that memo.

Midfield:

Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC): New team, same creative midfield display. The Toronto attack is a different beast with De Rosario running it.

Paulo Nagamura (Chivas USA): Prior to the game against the Colorado Rapids, the defensive midfielder had four goals in four seasons. Two pin-point strikes later, and that statistic is no longer symmetrical.

Davy Arnaud (Kansas City Wizards): The midfielder is currently on course to score 60 goals in the regular season, all of them screamers.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto (Columbus Crew): Last year's MVP didn't take long to remind us why he won that award. A technical and perfectly executed volley earned his team a point.

Forward:

Fredy Montero (Seattle Sounders FC): Two goals, and assist, and player of the week honors. Not bad for his first MLS game.

Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy): It looked as if D.C. United was going to take all three points from LA heading into the last ten minutes of the game. Then it became Donovan Time, and last year's top goalscorer hit a brace within five minutes to salvage a point.

Keller
Alston – Conde – Hurtado – Brennan
Arnaud – Nagamura – De Rosario
Schelotto
Donovan – Montero

Bench:

Matt Reis (New England Revolution), Jeremy Hall (New York Red Bulls), Amado Guevara (Toronto FC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas)

Zac Lee Rigg, Goal.com

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