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Twellman scores 3 goals for Revolution

New England's Shalrie Joseph, right, pushes away Columbus Crew's Mark Schulte.
New England's Shalrie Joseph, right, pushes away Columbus Crew's Mark Schulte.
Chitose Suzuki, Associated Press

Taylor Twellman scored three goals and the Eastern Conference-leading New England Revolution beat the Columbus Crew 3-1 Saturday night in Foxborough, Mass.

Twellman scored twice in the first half — in the 6th and 39th minutes — and then tallied his MLS-best 14th goal of the season in the 63rd minute.

New England (15-5-6), winners of five of six overall, improved to 9-1-3 at home and has a franchise-best 51 points. Columbus (9-13-3) had its three-game win streak end.

New England goalkeeper Matt Reis, bidding for his ninth shutout of the season, was denied in the 86th minute when Columbus' Frank Hejduk scored off of a header on a cross from Simon Elliott.

Twellman scored on a header off Patrick Noonan's cross in the sixth minute, then made a spectacular solo effort in beating a Columbus defender in the 39th.

New England outshot Columbus 13-3 in the first half.

METROSTARS 1, WIZARDS 0: At Kansas City, Mo., the MetroStars benefited from an own goal late in the first half and held on to beat Kansas City.

Although they had the majority of good scoring chances, the Wizards found themselves trailing after a long shot by the MetroStars' Eddie Gaven deflected off the leg of Wizard midfielder Sasha Victorine and just inside the right post past goalkeeper Bo Oshoniyi in the 44th minute.

MetroStars goalkeeper Tony Meola had six saves to win in his return to Kansas City after being released by the Wizards in the offseason.

GALAXY 4, RAPIDS 1: At Carson, Calif., Herculez Gomez scored twice to lead the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night.

Landon Donovan and Guillermo Ramirez also scored, and goalkeeper Kevin Hartman recorded his 104th career victory for the Galaxy (11-11-5), who moved into second place in the Western Conference by two points over Dallas.

Colorado (9-12-4) saw its five-game unbeaten streak end.

Gomez scored his first goal in the 7th minute. Peter Vagenas sent a ball to Gomez, who briefly lost the ball to Rapids defender Hunter Freeman before recovering it and firing a 13-yard shot under the crossbar.

Donovan scored his 11th goal in the 24th minute. Cobi Jones, playing in his 250th MLS game, sent a crossing pass from the right wing that Donovan headed seven yards from the right post.

Donovan's goal came three minutes after Rapids defender Nat Borchers was ejected for receiving his second yellow card. Colorado played with 10 men for the remaining 69 minutes.

The Rapids' Kyle Beckerman scored on a 24-yard shot off Vagenas in the 48th minute but Gomez scored his second goal in the 66th minute.

Ned Grabavoy's pass freed Gomez on a breakaway, and Gomez's 18-yard shot settled inside the left post over prone goalkeeper Joe Cannon.

Ramirez scored his first MLS goal in the 87th minute on a penalty kick.