MLS Capsules

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) _ Estonian midfielder Joel Lindpere scored on a sparkling 19-yard shot in the 40th minute of his Major League Soccer debut, and New York opened the season by beating the Chicago Fire 1-0 Saturday night in the first official match at $200 million Red Bull Arena. It was 39 degrees at gametime, […]

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) _ Estonian midfielder Joel Lindpere scored on a sparkling 19-yard shot in the 40th minute of his Major League Soccer debut, and New York opened the season by beating the Chicago Fire 1-0 Saturday night in the first official match at $200 million Red Bull Arena.

It was 39 degrees at gametime, 34 degrees cooler than the previous Saturday when the stadium opened with the Red Bulls beating Brazil’s Santos 3-1 in an exhibition. Perhaps that’s why there were pockets of empty blue seats at the 25,000-seat, two-deck stadium, where attendance was announced at 24,572.

New York improved to 4-0-3 in its last seven home openers and

made MLS home teams 4-1-3 in the first games of soccer-specific

stadiums.

Dynamo 1, FC Dallas 1, tie

FRISCO, Texas (AP) _ Atiba Harris scored in the 38th minute and FC Dallas tied Houston.

Harris dribbled around Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell and curled a right-footed shot from 15 yards away into the right corner of the net.

Two minutes earlier, the Dynamo took a 1-0 lead after Mike Chabala scored his first career MLS goal in the 36th minute. Chabala took a sliding shot from the top of the penalty box with his right foot that landed inside the left corner of the net. Crew 2, Toronto FC 0

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Guillermo Barros Schelotto scored one goal and assisted on another to lead Columbus.

The Crew went ahead in the 29th minute. Andy Iro was 7 yards in front of the goal when he took a free kick from Schelotto that started near the right sideline. Iro headed the ball toward the left post and the ball skipped once before crossing the goal line.

Schelotto got the insurance goal in the 87th into an open net

after goalkeeper Stefan Frei collided with Crew defender Danny

O’Rourke on the fringe of the penalty area.

Galaxy 1, Revolution 0

CARSON, Calif. (AP) _ Edson Buddle scored in the sixth minute to give Los Angeles a win its season opener.

Buddle converted a 6-yard diving header off Landon Donovan’s 32-yard free kick. Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts needed to make just one save for the shutout.

Galaxy midfielder Eddie Lewis left the game in the 26th minute with a left foot contusion. New England’s Kevin Alston tripped Lewis in the 18th minute and received a yellow card. Real Salt Lake 3, Earthquakes 0

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) _ Javier Morales scored two goals and Fabian Espindola had a goal and an assist as MLS Cup championship Real Salt Lake opened its season with a victory.

Morales hammered home a 35-yard shot on the bounce to open the scoring in the 14th minute, then scored again in the 54th minute with a curling free kick from the top of the penalty box.

Espindola’s goal came in the 27th minute. San Jose defender

Jason Hernandez attempted to break up a pass from Morales, but the

ball went to Espindola, who chipped it over charging goalkeeper Joe

Cannon.

Wizards 4, United 0

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ Ryan Smith had a goal and an assist in his Major League Soccer debut for Kansas City.

Smith, who left English side Crystal Palace earlier this year when his contract expired, assisted on Davy Arnaud’s first-half goal for a 2-0 lead and made it 3-0 with a putback in the 54th minute.

Danish keeper Jimmy Nielsen, who joined the Wizards after they traded MLS career saves, wins and shutouts leader Kevin Hartman’s rights to FC Dallas, made three saves in his league debut.

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