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Chivas USA recovers for dramatic win
by Paul Kennedy, March 9th, 2014 5:28PM

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[MLS: Week 1] Chivas USA completed a wild weekend of MLS action with a 3-2 win over Chicago Fire on Bobby Burling's second MLS goal in eight seasons. The 88th-minute winner came after the Fire had come back from two goals down on goals by Benji Joya -- on his first touch in MLS -- and Quincy Amarikwa -- with one of the weekend's best goals. The eight games produced 26 goals for an average of 3.25 goals a game, the most in the opening week of MLS play since 2006.

MLS, Opening Week Goals (2005-14)
AVG. (YEAR)
3.25 (2014)
2.56 (2013)
2.50 (2012)
2.70 (2011)
2.00 (2010)
2.14 (2009)
2.50 (2008)
1.67 (2007)
4.00 (2006)
2.86 (2005)

The acquisition of Mauro Rosales, one of MLS's best set-piece specialists, paid immediate dividends for Chivas USA as his corner kick found Burling, who skied over the Fire defense to head home the winner that left Western Conference teams with four wins and one tie in five matches against Eastern Conference teams.

Saturday: SA Wrapup

Like Joya, Thomas McNamara scored in his MLS debut for Chivas USA. The former Brown and Clemson star was the only rookie to score in Week 1 and just one of three SuperDraft picks who started.

Welcome to MLS (U.S. Debuts) ...
Jordan Allen
(sub: 2 minutes), RSL (HG signing, Virginia)
Adam Bedell
(sub: 4 minutes), CLB (45th draft pick, Detroit-Mercy)
Steve Clark (90 minutes), CLB (transfer from Honefoss/NOR)
Benji Joya
(sub: 28 minutes, 1 goal), CHI (loan loan from Santos/MEX)
Thomas McNamara (90 minutes, 1 goal), CHV (20th draft pick, Clemson)
Eric Miller
(90 minutes), MTL (5th draft pick, Creighton)
Patrick Mullins (45 minutes), NE (11st draft pick, Maryland)
Sean Okoli
(sub: 5 minutes), SEA (HG signing, Wake Forest)
Mark Sherrod (sub: 1 minute), HOU (32nd draft pick, Memphis)



WEEK 1: Results
Sunday, March 9
Chivas USA 3 Chicago 2.
CHV: Erick Torres pen. 56
CHV: Thomas McNamara (Leandro Barrera, Mauro Rosales) 59
CHI: Benji Joya 64
CHI: Quincy Amarikwa 70
CHV: Bobby Burling (Mauro Rosales) 86
Att.: 8,320.
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Saturday, March 8
LA Galaxy 0 Real Salt Lake 1.
RSL: Joao Plata (Kyle Beckerman) 80
Att,: 25,674.

Portland 1 Philadelphia 1.
PHI: Jack McInerney (Maurice Edu, Cristian Maidana) 64
POR: Gaston Fernandez 90+4
Att.: 20,674.

Saturday, March 8
Houston 4 New England 0.
HOU: Will Bruin (Kofi Sarkodie) 2
HOU: Will Bruin (Corey Ashe) 13
HOU: Oscar Boniek Garcia (Will Bruin) 23
HOU: Omar Cummings (Ricardo Clark) 90+2
Att.: 22,320.

FC Dallas 3 Montreal 2

MTL: Sanna Nyassi (Justin Mapp) 10
DAL: Fabian Castillo (Blas Perez, Je-Vaughn Watson) 16
DAL: Blas Perez 24
DAL: Mauro Diaz 47
MTL: Andrew Wenger (Felipe) 65
Att.: 18,011.

D.C. United 0 Columbus 3.
CLB: Jairo Arrieta (Josh Williams, Hector Jimenez) 18
CLB: Federico Higuain 27
CLB: Federico Higuain (Justin Meram) 90
Att.: 13,840.



Vancouver 4 New York 1.
VAN: Kenny Miller pen. 34
VAN: Sebastian Fernandez (Darren Mattocks) 49
VAN: Kenny Miller (Pedro Morales) 77
VAN: Pedro Morales (Nigel Reo-Coker) 89
NY: Bradley Wright-Phillips (Lloyd Sam) 90+1
Att.: 21,000.

Seattle 1 Sporting KC 0.

SEA: Chad Barrett (Clint Dempsey) 90+4
Att.: 39,240.
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MLS Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
3 Houston 1-0-0 4/0
3 Columbus 1-0-0 3/0
1 Philadelphia 0-0-1 1/1
0 Chicago 0-1-0 2/3
0 Montreal 0-1-0 2/3
0 Sporting KC 0-0-1 0/1
0 New York 0-1-0 1/4
0 D.C. United 0-1-0 0/3
0 New England 0-1-0 0/4
0 Toronto FC 0-0-0 0/0

WESTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
3 Vancouver 1-0-0 4/1
3 Chivas USA 1-0-0 3/2
3 FC Dallas 1-0-0 3/2
3 Seattle 1-0-0 1/0
3 Real Salt Lake 1-0-0 1/0
1 Portland 0-0-1 1/1
0 LA Galaxy 0-1-0 0/1
0 Colorado 0-0-0 0/0
0 San Jose 0-0-0 0/0
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WEEK 2: Schedule
Saturday, March 15
4 pm ET
Philadelphia vs. New England, MLS LIVE
New York vs. Colorado, MLS LIVE
4:30 pm ET
Seattle vs. Toronto FC, NBCSN
8:30 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. FC Dallas, MLS LIVE
Houston vs. Montreal, MLS LIVE
10:30 pm ET
San Jose vs. Real Salt Lake, MLS LIVE

Sunday, March 16
3 pm ET
Portland vs. Chicago, UniMas
7 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. Vancouver, MLS LIVE


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