D.C. United won the inaugural MLS reserve division championship yesterday with a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Crew at the RFK Stadium training grounds.

The division, modeled after European systems, was created to provide competitive matches for the league's young players and reserves.

Jamil Walker and Jason Thompson scored for United (8-4-0), which needed only a tie to clinch the title and earn a $20,000 team bonus. Knox Cameron scored a late goal for the Crew (4-7-1).

"It's an awesome reward for the guys who don't see the field as often in the regular league games," goalkeeper Troy Perkins said. "At D.C. United, we are expected to win championships."

* MLS: Tony Meola made 14 saves and the New York/New Jersey MetroStars earned the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, beating host Chivas USA, 2-0, in the final game of the regular season.

The MetroStars (12-9-11) moved ahead of Kansas City to secure the fourth seed in the East. The MetroStars will face the top-seeded New England Revolution in the playoffs.

The MetroStars took a 1-0 lead in the 49th minute when Michael Bradley scored his first goal of the season on a header from Mark Lisi. Amado Guevara added his 11th goal of the season in stoppage time.

* ENGLAND: Manchester City moved into fourth place in the English Premier League behind Andy Cole's two goals in a 2-1 victory over West Ham.

Cole scored in the 18th minute on a sharply angled shot. In the 56th, he scored off a rebound that West Ham goalkeeper Roy Carroll failed to control. Second-half substitute Bobby Zamora scored in injury time for West Ham.

* ITALY: AC Milan moved into sole possession of second place in the Italian league with a 2-0 win at Cagliari.

Alberto Gilardino and Andriy Shevchenko scored first-half goals for Milan, which has 16 points, five behind leader Juventus.

* SPAIN: Host Real Betis handed Getafe its first loss of the season, winning 1-0 on Ricardo Oliveira's 17th-minute penalty kick.

* GERMANY: Hannover 96 beat Cologne, 4-1, with Thomas Brdaric scoring two goals.

* NETHERLANDS: Host Feyenoord took over first place in the Dutch league after rallying past FC Groningen, 4-1.

* FRANCE: Four-time defending champion Lyon beat visiting Ajaccio, 3-2, to maintain its lead in the standings.

* SCOTLAND: Defending champion Rangers continued to struggle in a scoreless draw with host Dundee United.