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MLS WRAP - WEEK 1: Reigning champs LA Galaxy off and running as NYCFC hold Orlando City in front of sellout crowd

It was a celebratory opening weekend in MLS as the 2015 season kicked off with a bang all around the USA and Canada.

Reigning MLS Cup winners LA Galaxy got the ball rolling on Friday with a routine 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire in front of 27,000 fans at the StubHub Center in Carson.

Jose Villarreal and last year's MVP Robbie Keane both tallied in the second half to guide Bruce Arena's Galaxy to a Week 1 triumph with relative ease over Frank Yallop's Fire.

In a massive coup for the competition, expansion clubs Orlando City SC and New York City FC played out an entertaining 1-1 draw on Sunday.

More than 62,000 fans packed out the Citrus Bowl to see such players as Kaka and David Villa strut their stuff with the former supplying the equalizer for the Lions in injury-time.

NYCFC midfielder Mix Diskerud opened his side's account with a lovely curling finish in the 76th minute before Kaka's deflected free-kick, after Aurelien Colin's red card, assured that both sets of newcomers would share the points.

Seattle Sounders started their campaign in fine fashion by defeating last season's runners-up New England Revolution 3-0 at Century Link Field thanks to a double from Clint Dempsey and a fine header from Obafemi Martins.

In other MLS Week 1 fixtures, Jozy Altidore scored twice as Toronto FC defeated Canadian rivals Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1 at BC Place, DC united edged the Montreal Impact 1-0 in the US capital, as Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas both landed 1-0 victories over Columbus Crew and Houston Dynamo respectively.

Sporting Kansas City and New York Red Bulls played out a 1-1 draw in Kansas while the Philadelphia Union and Colorado Rapids drew 0-0, as did the Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake.

2015 MLS season

LA Galaxy: 2 (Jose Villarreal 65', Robbie Keane 81') Chicago Fire: 0 StubHub Center, Carson, California - 27,000

DC United: 1 (Jairo Arrieta 58') Montreal Impact: 0 RFK Stadium, Washington, DC - 11,549

Philadelphia Union: 0 Colorado Rapids: 0 (red card: Bobby Burling 68') PPL Park, Chester, Pennsylvania - 18,022

Vancouver Whitecaps: 1 (Octavio Rivero 19') Toronto FC: 3 (Jozy Altidore 32' (p) 90'), Robbie Findley 59') BC Place, Vancouver, British Columbia - 21,000

Houston Dynamo: 1 (Giles Barnes 66') Columbus Crew: 0 BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas - 22,351

FC Dallas: 1 (Blas Perez 90+2') San Jose Earthquakes: 0 Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas - 15,236

Portland Timbers: 0 Real Salt Lake: 0 Providence Park, Portland, Oregon - 21,144

Orlando City: 1 (Kaka 90+1', red card: Aurlien Collin 83') New York City: 1 (Mix Diskerud 76') Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida - 62,510

Sporting Kansas City: 1 (Ike Opara 50', red card: Matt Besler 70') New York Red Bulls: 1 (Lloyd Sam 54') Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kansas - 19,784

Seattle Sounders: 3 (Clint Dempsey (p) 25'/67', Obafemi Martins 41') New England Revolution: 0 CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington - 39,782

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