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A certain Irish striker was on the mark again as MLS returned for a new season with a bang

The league set a new record for the amount of goals scored on an opening weekend and there were a litany of spectacular strikes.

ROBBIE KEANE KEPT up his remarkable Major League Soccer scoring rate last night as the LA Galaxy made a winning start to their new season.

Steven Gerrard grabbed an assist while there were competitive debuts for new signings Ashley Cole and Nigel de Jong as the side brushed aside DC United on a scoreline of 4-1.

Keane scored LA’s third from the spot.

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He was somewhat overshadowed by team-mate Mike Magee though.

Back at the Galaxy after a stint in Chicago, the attacker scored twice and assisted LA’s first goal.

His first was an absolute peach too.

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Elsewhere, there was disappointment for Kevin Doyle.

His Colorado Rapids side went down 1-0 to San Jose Earthquakes despite having a number of excellent chances.

Patrick Vieira’s New York City FC were involved in a rip-roaring opening clash with Chicago Fire at Solder Field.

They eventually won 4-3 in a game that will be best-remembered for Thomas McNamara’s superb strike after ten minutes.

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The league set a new record for the amount of goals scored on an opening weekend as defences struggled and creative types thrived.

In the Canadian derby between Montreal and Vancouver, it was the Impact who prevailed 3-2 with Ignacio Piatti conjuring a magnificent opener.

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Owen Coyle’s Houston Dynamo were set for a win over New England before the Revs grabbed a last-gasp equaliser to secure a 3-3 draw.

Diego Fagundez had given the Revs an early lead with a magnificent long-distance strike.

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Toronto FC picked up three points from their game against the New York Red Bulls. Picking up from where he left off last term, reigning league MVP Sebastian Giovinco was on the score-sheet again in a 2-0 victory though it was his tomfoolery in the opening period that showed just why he stands out so much.

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Orlando managed two injury-time goals to salvage a point against Real Salt Lake  in front of 60,000 fans at the Citrus Bowl while Dallas got the better of Philadelphia Union.

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