Raul Diaz Arce had two goals--extending his goal-scoring streak to six games--and two assists as the Tampa Bay Mutiny routed the New England Revolution, 4-1, last night before 14,879 at Raymond James Stadium.
Diaz Arce, acquired from San Jose last month, scored in the sixth and 88th minutes, and helped set up goals by Musa Shannon in the 45th and Steve Ralston in the 55th. He boosted his season totals to nine goals and six assists, with five goals and four assists in just five appearances with the Mutiny.
Carlos Valderrama had two assists for the Mutiny (9-12), which jumped ahead of idle Miami and New England for third place in the Eastern Conference.
The victory came just two days after Tampa Bay blew a two-goal lead in the second half and lost at Miami in a shootout. Diaz Arce had a goal and assist in that game.
New England (8-11) has lost three straight. Midfielder Carlos Parra scored in the 78th minute for the Revolution, which was without U.S. national team players John Harkes and Joe-Max Moore.
Tampa Bay captain Dominic Kinnear left at halftime with a right hamstring injury.
Tampa Bay's next game is next Sunday at conference-leading D.C. United, which had this weekend off.
* GALAXY 1, FIRE 0: Simon Elliott's goal in the 41st minute lifted Los Angeles (12-8) before 21,331 at Soldier Field. Roy Myers and Clint Mathis connected with the rookie midfielder from Stanford, who chipped a shot over Chicago goalkeeper Zach Thornton for his second goal of the year.
The Galaxy spent the majority of the second half defending the narrow lead. Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman's shutout almost slipped away in the 77th minute, when forward Josh Wolff forced Hartman to make a spectacular aerial save. Hartman leads the league with seven shutouts. Chicago is 10-9.
* RAPIDS 2, BURN 0: At the Cotton Bowl, Wolde Harris scored early in the first half and Kevin Anderson scored early in the second half as Colorado improved to a league-best 14-5 with its second win in four days. Dallas (10-11) has lost two in a row.
* WIZARDS 3, CLASH 2: Host Kansas City (6-14) won in a shootout after giving up the tying goal by Mauricio Wright in the 86th minute. Preki Radosavljevic scored twice for the Wizards. San Jose (11-9) is 9-2 in shootouts.