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MLS, Week 1

Some observations:

*Considering the weather conditions in much of the country, opening-day attendance was decent with an average of 16,109. The game-time temperature for matches in Colorado, Columbus and Chicago averaged 30, while the announced turnout was around 15,700. The one I am puzzled about is Houston, where 16,404 showed up to see the defending champions against a marquee opponent (Los Angeles) on a cloudy, 53-degree evening. I would have thought the advance sale would have approached 20K. D.C. United officials are expecting between 20K and 22K for their home opener this Saturday against Kansas City.

*Don't ever say Commish Don Garber doesn't care. He was in Denver for the Rapids' opener in their new stadium Saturday afternoon, then headed to the airport for a flight to Los Angeles for Toronto's debut at Chivas USA that evening.

*Will Chang, one of United's lead investors, is really getting into this soccer thing. He was in Guadalajara for the Champions' Cup match Tuesday, reappeared in Denver for the club's MLS opener and will be in Washington Tuesday for the annual kickoff luncheon.

*Maybe it was the chill in the air, but goal-scoring was certainly not plentiful -- 10 goals in six matches and a pair of scoreless ties. Not a good start for a league that has failed to average three goals per game over the course of a season since 2002.

Here are all the Week 1 goals, starting with Sacha Klejstan's laser for Chivas USA.

By Steve Goff  |  April 9, 2007; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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