Edson Buddle scored a career-best and team-record four goals, and the Columbus Crew beat the visiting MetroStars, 4-2, last night, securing a playoff spot and extending its unbeaten streak to 13 games.
The Crew (9-5-10), which rallied from two one-goal deficits in a three-minute span, moved four points ahead of the MetroStars (10-10-5) with five games remaining.
MetroStars forward John Wolyniec scored on a slow, bouncing shot in the sixth minute, beating goalkeeper Jon Busch inside the right post.
* REVOLUTION 6, RAPIDS 1: Steve Rolston, Taylor Twellman and Patrick Noonan each scored two goals in the home win.
New England (6-11-9) scored four goals before halftime to set franchise records for most goals in a half and most in a game.
The Revolution won for the first time in six games to snap Colorado's five-match unbeaten strike (4-0-1).
The Rapids (10-8-9) took the lead in the 17th minute when Jean Philippe Peguero scored his sixth goal of the season.
* WIZARDS 1, EARTHQUAKES 0: Diego Gutierrez scored in the 83rd minute to lift Kansas City past San Jose in Kansas City, Mo.
The Wizards (12-9-5, 41 points) retook the lead in the Western Conference by two points over the Colorado Rapids.
Wizards forward Davy Arnaud set up the game-winner, centering a ball from the left wing into the San Jose penalty box. Gutierrez ran onto the ball and sent a shot off the right post for the lead.
The Earthquakes fell to 9-10-7.
* BURN 2, GALAXY 0: Eddie Johnson scored twice on ricochets off goaltender Kevin Hartman as Dallas (10-11-5) beat visiting Los Angeles (10-8-8).