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Soccer: United 4, Revolution 1

October 6, 1997

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Roy Wegerle and Jaime Moreno each scored twice as D.C. United blasted New England 4-1 Sunday in an Eastern Conference semifinal playoff opener at RFK Stadium.

United, the defending MLS champions, can wrap up the best-of-three series Wednesday in Foxboro, Mass.

D.C. finished the regular season with a league-best 21-11 record, including a 4-0 mark against New England.

The Revolution, which lost a league-record nine straight games during July and August, had to win three of its final four matches to edge New York/New Jersey out of the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

New England made the playoffs on the strength of goalie Walker Zenga, but the leagues’s oldest player (age 37) couldn’t do anything to stop United’s potent scoring attack Sunday.

Wegerle, traded to D.C. from Colorado on July 3, opened the scoring in the 13th minute on a brilliant pass from Moreno _ who would have been offsides on the play, but Revolution central defender Alexi Lalas was tardy on an offsides trap.

United made it 2-0 in the 56th minute on Wegerle’s second goal. Tony Sanneh tried to pass to Moreno in the middle of the penalty area, but the ball slid past Moreno to Wegerle, who was all alone at the far post for the easy score.

Moreno scored in the 65th minute after taking the ball away from Lalas near the 18-yard mark. Moreno’s second goal, in the 76th minute, was a slithering shot sent through Zenga’s legs.

United keeper Scott Garlick had his shutout bid spoiled in the 79th minute on Mike Burns’ goal.

The attendance was 12,540.

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