FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Andres Mendoza scored twice to move
into second place in the Major League Soccer goals race with 13,
and the Columbus Crew kept their Eastern Conference playoff
hopes alive with a 3-0 victory over the New England Revolution
on Saturday night.
Mendoza, a 33-year old Peruvian striker, opened the scoring for
Columbus (13-12-8) in the 31st minute, taking a high-bouncing
header of a pass from Emilio Renteria and rifling a left-footed
blast past goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth. Mendoza struck again
in the 63rd minute, one-timing a left-footed shot after
receiving a well-struck cross off the right wing by Renteria.
Dilly Duka scored in the 59th minute for Columbus.
Columbus extended its unbeaten streak over New England to six
matches (4-0-2), winning for just the second time in its last
eight games (2-5-1).
New England (5-16-12) finished its home season with its fewest
wins ever at 4-7-6 and will finish the season with the fewest
wins in club history, the 2001 team having seven wins. The loss
was the fifth straight for the Revolution, 1-7-5 in their last
13 outings, and their 10th shutout loss.