Montreal set an attendance record for a professional soccer gamer in Canada during its 1-1 draw with Chicago. Here's how all of Saturday's MLS games shook out.
A crowd of 58,912 watched the Montreal Impact earn their first point as an MLS team with a 1-1 draw against the Chicago Fire.
Davy Arnaud made history for the home club with the team's first goal of the year in the 56th minute with a header from a Sanna Nyassi cross to give his side a lead, but it wouldn't be enough for all three points.
Dominic Oduro evened the match up 15 minutes later. A nice spell of play led to Sebastien Grazzini chipping a lovely little ball into the forward to touch home.
Nyassi has a look at a winner in the 86th when he broke down the right and cut inside. His shot was well saved by Paolo Tornaghi and match finished level.
San Jose Earthquakes 0-1 Houston Dynamo
The Houston Dynamo recorded their second straight road win to kick off the 2012 season, defeating the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 in a game played at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Brad Davis' early penalty and a defense marshaled by strong play from Bobby Boswell and Geoff Cameron were enough to give Houston a full haul of points.
The Dynamo took the lead in the 14th minute after referee Chris Penso whistled a penalty following a collision between the Earthquakes’ Jon Busch and Victor Bernardez and Houston’s Brian Ching. Busch guessed the right way on the penalty attempt, but Davis put enough power on his shot to put it in the back of the net.
Both sides lacked any real rhythm for the remainder of the first half. The Earthquakes had the better of the chances, but could only manage one shot on target.
The Earthquakes saw far more of the ball and many more chances in the second half. However, they failed to seriously test Tally Hall in the Houston goal despite looks for Chris Wondolowski, Steven Lenhart, Marvin Chavez and Shea Salinas. Offseason signings Sercan Guvenisik and Tressor Moreno also came off the bench to make their debuts for the home side, but could not help find the goal necessary to claim a point.
Sporting Kansas City 3-0 New England Revolution
Welcome to MLS, Jay Heaps. The rookie New England Revolution coach was handed a second straight loss, this one by a three-goal margin to the rampant Sporting Kansas City.
Stephen McCarthy was ejected a quarter of an hour into the match to give the Revs what turned out to be an insurmountable disadvantage. Shalrie Joseph moved back into defense to cover, but there was no stopping KC.
Graham Zusi opened the scoring. A cross from the left spilled out to Kei Kamara on the far side of the box. Kamara slid the ball back towards net and Zusi held off Joseph to scramble the ball home from on his backside.
Kamara doubled the lead before half. Former Rev Seth Sinovic crossed from the end line and, despite a double save from Matt Reis, Kamara eventually pushed the ball into the goal. C.J. Sapong and Kamara celebrated in St. Patrick's Day fashion with green hats and a tidy jig.
Sapong finished up the scoring early in the half. Again Sinovic sliced to the end line. This time his tight cutback stranded the retreating Revolution defenders and Sapong was left with a tap-in. Sapong's acrobatic back flip was probably more impressive than the finish.
FC Dallas 1-1 Portland Timbers
FC Dallas had to settle for a single point against the Portland Timbers on Saturday night as the two sides played out a 1-1 draw.
Blas Perez notched his first goal of the season 22 minutes in. Perez knocked in an easy finish for the goal after Timbers 'keeper Troy Perkins deflected Ricardo Villar’s shot. With Perez tallying two assists in last week’s win against New York, the Panamanian forward is already making his presence known at the front of the Hoops’ attack.
The Timbers closed the first half playing well and continued that momentum in the second half, as substitute Darlington Nagbe did not take long to have and impact after coming on.
In the 51st minute FC Dallas 'keeper Kevin Hartman hit a poor clearance that eventually fell to Nagbe, who broke in on goal and leveled the score.
Other than a Kris Boyd shot that hit the post, that ended the offense for both sides, as neither team was able to carry a consistent attack.
Seattle Sounders FC 3-1 Toronto FC
David Estrada was the story of the night for the Seattle Sounders, who took a 3-1 win over Toronto FC as both teams finally got their Major League Soccer seasons underway.
The 24-year-old forward scored all three of Seattle's goal, opening the scoring in the first half and pounding in two more after the break to give his team a comfortable win.
Estrada got the match going in the 17th when he netted his first after a scramble in front of the goal, and had the club 2-0 up six minutes after the break. Between those goals Torsten Frings limped off injured for Toronto.
Ryan Johnson tried to make a game of in the 62nd minute when his left-footed shot found the net, giving some short-lived hope to the visiting side.
But just one minute later Estrada put the match to bed with his third of the night, slipping in behind and finishing to give Seattle a perfect start to its league season after a disappointing end to its CONCACAF Champions League run.
Real Salt Lake 2-0 New York Red Bulls
Real Salt Lake has now beaten the two team with the highest payrolls in MLS. Following last week's come-from-behind win over the LA Galaxy, RSL returned to Utah and easily dispatched the New York Red Bulls, 2-0.
Hans Backe made several changes to his staring lineup following a season-opening defeat to FC Dallas. They didn't pay off. The Red Bulls struggled to pass the ball accurately and Thierry Henry, playing higher than usual without a traditional striking partner, was uninterested in chasing balls over the top.
Fabian Espindola had no such qualms. A chip from Paulo Jr. caught the New York defensive line stranded up near the halfway line with Roy Miller keeping Espindola onside. The Argentine striker zipped in on goal and slotted a shot between Ryan Meara's legs.
Luis Gil finished off the match and the scoring in the second half. Sebastian Velasquez buzzed down the left and found Espindola, whose poked shot bounced off Meara. Gil calmly cleaned up the rebound.
Near the end of the match, Northern Ireland native Johnny Steele made his MLS debut on St. Patrick's Day.
Chivas USA 0-1 Vancouver Whitecaps
The Vancouver Whitecaps earned a franchise first away win in MLS on the first time of asking in 2012. The club went winless on the road in its expansion season last year.
Chivas USA, meanwhile, has lost its first two matches of the season, both at home.
Jay DeMerit provided the game's only goal, when he dove to head home a corner kick midway through the second half. It was the central defender's first MLS goal as well as Vancouver's second from a corner.
The Goats held nearly 65 percent of possession and out-shot Vancouver 11 to six.