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Nearly 60,000 watch Impact's 1st MLS game

Published: Sunday, March 18 2012 12:19 a.m. MDT

MONTREAL — Davy Arnaud scored the first Major League Soccer goal in Impact history, and Montreal tied the Chicago Fire 1-1 Saturday before a crowd of 58,912 at its home opener in Olympic Stadium.

Arnaud's goal in the 56th minute helped give the Impact (0-1-1) their first point since joining MLS as an expansion team this season. Dominic Oduro tied it in the 71st for the Fire, who were opening the season.

The Impact, who opened with a 2-0 loss at Vancouver last weekend, broke the previous record for attendance at a professional soccer match in Montreal. The Manic drew 58,542 for a North American Soccer League playoff game in 1981.

SPORTING KC 3, REVOLUTION 0: At Kansas City, Kan., C.J. Sapong scored for the second time in as many games, and Sporting Kansas City beat the short-handed New England Revolution.

Graham Zusi and Kei Kamara also scored for Sporting (2-0), and Jimmy Nielsen made six saves in his second shutout.

New England (0-2) is winless in its last eight league matches since a 2-0 victory over FC Dallas on Sept. 10.

New England had to play a man down after the 14th minute, when Stephen McCarthy was given a straight red card for a bad foul on Sapong.

Sporting made the man advantage pay off with goals from Zusi in the 28th minute, Kamara in the 39th and Sapong in the 47th. Zusi and Kamara both scored on putbacks.

DYNAMO 1, EARTHQUAKES 0: At San Francisco, Brad Davis converted a penalty kick in the 14th minute to give the Houston Dynamo a victory against the San Jose Earthquakes.

With two road wins in as many weeks to open the season, the Dynamo have already matched their 2011 total in that category. Houston (2-0-0) is on a seven-game road trip while awaiting completion of the club's new stadium.

San Jose (1-1-0) took 22 shots, but only put five of those on goal, and the Earthquakes could not break through against Houston's defense, which has yet to give up a goal in 2012.

TIMBERS 1, FC DALLAS 1: At Frisco, Texas, Darlington Nagbe scored in the 51st minute to lift the Portland Timbers into a tie.

Blas Perez posted his first MLS goal in the 22nd minute for Dallas, which beat New York 2-1 in its season opener last Sunday. Perez had two assists against the Red Bulls.

Kris Boyd, a Scottish star playing just his second MLS game, had two good chances to give Portland the lead, but was denied by FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman in the 59th and 71st minutes.

Portland was coming off an impressive 3-1 victory over Philadelphia in its season opener on Monday.

WHITECAPS 1, CHIVAS USA 0: At Carson, Calif., Vancouver earned its first road victory in franchise history, snapping a streak of 17 winless matches, defeating Chivas USA 1-0 in front of a rain soaked crowd Saturday.

The Whitecaps broke through in the 68th minute when Davide Chiumiento fired a corner that found the waiting head of Jay DeMerit, who bypassed his defender and easily beat goalkeeper Dan Kennedy from close range.

SOUNDERS 3, TORONTO FC 1: At Seattle, David Estrada scored three times, joining Lamar Neagle and Blaise Nkufo as players with hat tricks for the Sounders.

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