FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – It wasn’t exactly how the New England Revolution planned to snap a five-game losing streak.
Wednesday night’s 3-3 draw with Chivas USA may have secured the Revs their first point since mid-July, but circumstances made the result just as frustrating as recent losses.
Two strikes from Saer Sene and an own goal from Rauwshan McKenzie helped the Revs race out to a 3-0 lead inside 21 minutes, but for the second straight game New England failed to capitalize on an early multi-goal advantage. Former Revolution captain Shalrie Joseph burned his old club with a pair of goals before the halftime break and Miller Bolaños equalized two minutes into the second half as the Revs settled for a share of the spoils.
“I don’t know exactly what to say,” said head coach Jay Heaps. “Just some textbook errors that we made – the timing of them. I haven’t seen the film, but I’m a little disappointed in the timing of the goals (we conceded). Their set-piece goal, then two minutes before halftime and two minutes after halftime. Those are just critical times in a game; times we stress, times we work on. It’s a disappointing result.”
The timing on all three of Chivas USA’s goals was critical. Joseph scored his first just two minutes after the Revs had extended their lead to 3-0, burying a header from a corner kick. The 34-year-old notched his second in first-half stoppage time to pull the visitors within a goal going into the break. Bolaños then scored Chivas USA’s third before many fans had settled into their seats for the second half.
Perhaps the most important Chivas USA goal was the first. It was a goal which gave the Goats a glimmer of hope after a devastating opening period, while unfortunately for the Revs it awakened memories of this past weekend’s 4-3 loss to the Columbus Crew in which New England surrendered an early 2-0 lead.
“This game is such a mental game at times,” said midfielder Ryan Guy. “I think right away whether we liked it or not memories of our last game crept into our minds. As much as we didn’t want it to I think it happened and again those little let-ups led up to exactly what we didn’t want to happen.”
On the bright side, the Revs did hit the back of the net three times for the second straight game after scoring just three total goals in their previous seven matches. In the past week the Revs have found ways to bury the chances they’d been squandering in recent games.
They’ll need that offensive form to continue – along with some requisite improvements at the back – when they continue their three-game home-stand on Saturday night against the Philadelphia Union.
“We have to get prepared fast,” said Sene. “Now this game is finished. We’re going to think about it tonight, but tomorrow we’ve got to come into practice and forget it and think about the game on Saturday. We need to learn from our mistakes tonight and try to win the game.”