Mendoza double keeps Crew hopes alive

BY foxsports • October 15, 2011

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.

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