Published on 03-10-2014 12:36 PM
After a brief, but eventful, off-season, sixteen teams took to the pitch as the 19th season of MLS kicked off with eight matches (seven on Saturday and a lone Sunday fixture) spread over this past weekend.
Seven sides would win (just two of those away) while only a single match would be drawn, though many appeared to be heading in that direction before last-minute heroics changed the tide of history.
26 goals were scored, including four from the penalty spot (a further attempt was denied), while nine came in the final fifteen minutes of the match, four of those in stoppage time, as heavy, early season legs played a factor in the results.
36 yellow cards were shown and not a single red, though perhaps a few may have been warranted.
Plenty of players made their debuts, as did a number of coaches with the MLS carousel in full swing post-2013, but the last-minute decision to lock out the referees in the midst of the current labour disputes was certainly a central theme and may even have played a role in some results.
Before those results, the goals of the round: