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Rapids win opener over DC United in frigid temperatures

AP , COMMERCE CITY, COLORADO

Chivas USA midfielder Amado Guevara, top, leans on Toronto FC midfielder Richard Mulrooney while waiting for the ball to come down during the first half of their MLS soccer game in Carson, California, on Saturday. Chivas won 2-0.

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Herculez Gomez and Roberto Brown scored early to lead the Colorado Rapids to their first US Major League Soccer season-opening victory, a 2-1 win over DC United on Saturday.

Terry Cooke had two assists for the Rapids, who opened the Major League Soccer season in their new US$131 million stadium and had lost nine of 11 season openers.

Officially, it was a sellout at the 18,000-seat Dicks' Sporting Goods Park, although the stadium had empty seats amid flurries and freezing temperatures.

FC Dallas 2, Real Salt Lake 2

In Salt Lake City, Carlos Ruiz scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time to rally FC Dallas to the draw with Real Salt Lake.

Salt Lake was about one minute from winning a season opener for the first time, but goalkeeper Nick Rimando ran out to grab the ball in front of the goal and missed, leaving Ruiz to head in the tying goal. Jeff Cunningham scored twice for Salt Lake.

Red Bulls 0, Crew 0

In chilly Columbus, Ohio, Claudio Reyna wore the captain's armband for New York in his first Major League Soccer game as the Red Bulls drew with Columbus.

Reyna, a midfielder who has played 112 games for the US national team, signed with the Red Bulls in January after a 12-year career in Europe.

Neither team was able to generate many scoring opportunities in a game played in blustery, below-freezing conditions that included snow in the second half.

Fire 1, Revolution 0

In Bridgeport, Illinois, Logan Pause scored in the fourth minute to give Chicago the victory over New England in both teams' season opener.

Chris Rolfe sent the ball to Justin Mapp, who crossed it into the box. Pause headed the ball off the left post and into the net to give the Fire a 1-0 lead.

The goal was Pause's first in Major League Soccer.

Chivas usa, 2 Toronto FC 0

In Carson, California, Ante Razov and Sacha Kljestan scored to lead Chivas USA over expansion club Toronto FC in both teams' season opener.

Toronto FC became the first club outside the US to participate in Major League Soccer. The league's 13th franchise had four Canadian-born players in the starting lineup -- goalkeeper Greg Sutton and defenders Maycoll Canizalez, Marco Reda and team captain Jim Brennan.

Razov scored in the 20th minute for his 99th MLS goal. He has played in all 12 MLS seasons. Kljestan scored his first MLS goal in the 87th minute.

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