Joe-Max Moore scored twice to lead the New England Revolution to a 3-2 victory over the New York/New Jersey MetroStars yesterday in Foxboro, Mass.
Moore capitalized on some shoddy defense as he struck in the 22nd and 53rd minutes. New England then survived a late scare as the MetroStars pulled within a goal on a strike by Peter Villegas in the final minutes.
"It's really starting to come together for us," Moore said. "We've been able to put more players into the offensive third of the field and because of that, we're making more chances."
In the 22nd minute, New York defender Mike Petke failed to control a loose ball, which was stolen by Ted Chronopoulos. Chronopoulos pushed a quick pass to Moore who finished from 12 yards out.
New England increased its lead three minutes later. A rebound from Jair's shot off the right goal post came to Giovanni Savarese, who finished from eight yards.
The MetroStars made it 2-1 in the 30th minute when Tab Ramos passed to Mark Chung who beat goalkeeper Walter Zenga from eight yards to the right side.
"We had some chances to get goals," MetroStars Coach Bora Milutinovic said. "But it was just too late for us. Today, Zenga was their best player. We worked hard, but it is hard when you are down by two goals to come back. We got one, but could not get another."
FIRE 2, BURN 1: In Dallas, Ante Razov scored two goals to lead Chicago to the victory at the Cotton Bowl.
Chicago (9-7) moved into a tie with Dallas (9-9) for second place in the Western Conference, just one point behind first-place Colorado.
The Fire won both games of the weekend series against Dallas, also defeating the Burn 2-1 in a shootout at Soldier Field on Friday.
Razov, scoreless in his previous 12 matches, put Chicago on the board with a goal in the fifth minute, blasting a shot past goalkeeper Mark Dodd from 25 yards out.
Dallas tied the game nine minutes later as midfielder Ritchie Kotschau kicked the ball into his own net.
CREW 3, RAPIDS 0: Forward Stern John scored two goals for the second consecutive game, as Columbus won on the road.
Colorado, which had won 10 of 11 matches entering the game, lost at home for the first time this season.
FUSION 2, GALAXY 1: Welton scored the game-winning goal in the 64th minute as Miami won on the road.