Lauren Cheney and Kelly Smith each scored goals as the Boston Breakers opened the Women’s Pro Soccer season with a 2-1 victory over the Washington Freedom at Soccerplex in Boyds, Md.
Aggressive from the opening whistle, the Breakers tallied the season’s first goal in just the sixth minute when Lauren Cheney tapped the ball in off a scrum following a Kristine Lilly corner kick. Cheney was the second overall selection in the 2010 WPS draft.
Fifteen minutes later, Kelly Smith, the Breakers’ leading goal scorer in 2009, chipped a shot over Freedom defender Cat Whitehill and goalkeeper Erin McLeod.
The Freedom exerted more attacking pressure in the second half, and it paid off in the 86th minute as Allie Long scored off a pass from Abby Wambach.
The game was played at Lincoln Financial Field. After one more game there in May, the Union will move to their new stadium in Chester, about 15 miles away.
Chivas USA 2, Red Bulls 0 — New York goalie Bouna Coundoul allowed an own goal in the 47th minute and Chivas USA’s Jesus Padilla sealed the win in second-half extra time in Carson City, Calif.
Shortly after the start of the second half, Padilla sent a shot that deflected off Red Bulls defender Tim Ream. The ball hit the post and came toward Coundoul, who dived at the ball and knocked it across the goal line.
Galaxy 2, Dynamo 0 — Edson Buddle scored twice and Donovan Ricketts had his third straight shutout to start the season as visiting Los Angeles beat Houston in a rematch of last year’s Western Conference final.
Buddle has scored all five of the Galaxy’s goals this season.
Real Salt Lake 2, Sounders 2 — Alvaro Saborio knocked home the tying goal off a corner kick in the waning minutes of stoppage time to even things for host Real Salt Lake.
Earthquakes 2, Fire 1 — Ike Opara scored on a header in the 82d minute to lead visiting San Jose over Chicago.
FC Dallas 2, Crew 2 — Eric Avila scored the tying goal in the 93d minute for host FC Dallas.
Wizards 1, Rapids 0 — Ryan Smith danced his way through Colorado’s defense all night and set up Kei Kamara’s goal in the 48th minute, lifting host Kansas City to victory.