March 7, 2015 / 6:03 AM / 3 years ago

LA beat Chicago to kick off 20th MLS season

(Reuters) - LA Galaxy scored twice in the second half to beat Chicago Fire 2-0 on Friday as the 20th season of Major League Soccer got underway.

Mar 6, 2015; Carson, CA, USA; Chicago Fire forward Quincy Amarikwa (24) is defended by Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Juninho (19) at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Midfielder Jose Villarreal struck in the 65th minute for the defending champions before striker Robbie Keane made it 2-0 in the 81st minute.

The entire season had come close to being delayed by a labor stoppage before players struck a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement with the League on Wednesday.

Reporting By Cameron French; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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