Striker Kei Kamara has started the new campaign with a bang after scoring for Colorado Rapids in their 3-3 against Portland Timbers at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Kamara opened his account by tapping in a Kellyn Acosta cross in the opening 16th minutes on a day dubbed as the coldest “game” in the history of Major League Soccer.

Disappointedly for the home side, Axel Sjoberg was shown a red card for a handball in the box in the 27th minutes, to make matters worse the Timbers were awarded a penalty kick a few minutes later.

The spot kick was scored by Midfielder Diego Valeri scored before the half-hour mark after slotting home past Tim Haward a rebound of his own saved penalty kick.

Under difficult snowy weather conditions, Sebastian Blanco put Portland in front in the first minute of first-half stoppage time, hammering onto a Valeri corner and slipping a glancing header inside the far post.

Immediately after the restart, Benny Feilhaber scored his first goal for the Rapids and levelled it for the home team.

The Timbers were not ready to allow the host to take the maximum point as they regained their lead 20 minutes later when a sliding Deklan Wynne deflected Andy Polo’s cross into his own net.

However, Andre Shinyashiki last-gasp goal was enough to lift the 10-man Colorado Rapids to a 3-3 draw in their first game of the season.

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