They booed the Canadian anthem, cheered Bjorn Nittmo and gave American football a hero's welcome when the Montreal Machine played its first home game to a full house.

The Montreal entry in the new World League of American Football only failed to please on the scoreboard, where the visiting Barcelona Dragons won Monday night's game 34-10.WLAF

roundup "We have a good team, but unfortunately no defense," said Jean-Pierre Dumont, 26, of Montreal, one of 53,238 spectators - the largest crowd in the WLAF's two-week existence - who jammed Olympic Stadium for the Machine's inaugural home match.

It was the first official game of professional football in the city since the Alouettes of the Canadian Football League folded from lack of fan interest in 1987.

Galaxy 10, Riders 3

Pro football returned to San Antonio, but the Riders' fans are still waiting for that first victory.

Frankfurt used a late goal-line stand to hold off Undra Johnson and the Riders to win 10-3.