FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) _ Oscar Pareja scored in the 70th minute Friday night to give the Dallas Burn a 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution.
The Revolution have won only twice since the All-Star break and remain one point behind Miami for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth. Dallas has already clinched a playoff berth.
The Revolution (11-20) had the better of the chances, but Dallas (17-13) made the most of its scant opportunities, aided by some shoddy defending by New England.
Pareja got his fourth goal of the year after Mark Santel’s cross from the left corner was headed to him by Jason Kreis, who was left unmarked by John Harkes. Pareja slotted the ball home from 10 yards.
Dallas goalkeeper Matt Jordan had consecutive stops of a header by Giovanni Savarese and a spinning kick by Johnny Torres in the final minute.
New England had two chances in the early going. In the ninth minute, Joe-Max Moore took a cross by Ted Chronopoulos and struck a powerful shot from 5 yards only to be denied by Jordan. Three minutes later, Harkes floated a cross to Savarese, who headed wide of the left post. At 16 minutes, Harkes put Moore into the Dallas area, where he was again foiled by Jordan _ this time from 6 yards.
Eight minutes into the second half, Ariel Graziani put Pareja through on the right side where he knocked a high shot from 15 yards that goalkeeper Jeff Causey palmed away. The rebound came to Santel 17 yards out on the left side, but the Dallas midfielder shot right at Causey.