Crew 3, Revolution 0
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
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.