FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Saer Sène had the chance to celebrate twice more on Saturday night as the French striker notched his team-leading fifth and sixth goals of the season, but his first two-goal effort in MLS was bittersweet as the 25-year-old didn’t feel much like celebrating at the final whistle.
Second-half substitute Luiz Camargo struck in the 87th minute to pull the visiting Houston Dynamo level in the late stages as the New England Revolution settled for a 2-2 draw.
“I scored two goals tonight, but I’m sad,” Sène told reporters after the game. “I’m disappointed because we take on a new importance in this game and we must take these two points. I scored goals but I can’t enjoy it.”
Sène took his tally up to four goals in the past four games with a pair of strikes either side of halftime. He drew a penalty in the 26th minute when Brad Davis took him down in the box and converted the subsequent spot-kick himself, while he capped his night with a fantastic individual effort in the 57th minute, pouncing on a turnover and drilling a shot past Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall from a tight angle.
But the goals only helped the Revs secure a single point as they allowed the Dynamo to equalize on both occasions. First it was Will Bruin getting on the end of a Davis free kick in the 32nd minute, a result which didn’t please Revolution head coach Jay Heaps after focusing on dead-ball situations all week in training.
“It’s one of those things where you go over it and over it and over it,” said Heaps. “It’s disappointing. I saw and I want to look at it when I’m a little more level-headed, but I’m disappointed. I’m flipping mad if you want to know the truth; flipping mad.”
Camargo’s equalizer in the 87th minute wasn’t the result of a set piece, but it frustrated the Revs just the same as the Brazilian latched onto Brian Ching’s delicate chip to lash home at the near post. It marked the third time in 11 games this season the Revs have dropped points in the final 10 minutes.
“It’s kind of how the game goes sometimes,” said center back A.J. Soares. “They throw numbers forward when they’re losing and you know you just have to battle it. They’re a team that’s good at battling just like we are and unfortunately tonight they got one back on us.
“But I think our performance overall – I wouldn’t say it was our most attractive performance – but we did grind, we did battle and we just have to continue going forward positively,” he added. “If we play like that we’re going to win games.”