FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Former New England Revolution captain Shalrie Joseph haunted his old club with a pair of goals as the Revs saw an early three-goal lead slip away in a frustrating 3-3 draw with Chivas USA on Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium.
Saer Sene scored his team-leading 10th and 11th goals of the season – sandwiched around a Rauwshan McKenzie own goal – to give the Revs (6-14-6, 24 pts.) a 3-0 lead inside 21 minutes, but Joseph scored twice before the halftime break to pull Chivas USA (7-10-7, 28 pts.) within one. Miller Bolaños ultimately scored the equalizer for the visitors two minutes into the second half.
It was the second time in five days the Revs built an early multi-goal lead only to see it slip away after suffering a 4-3 loss to the Columbus Crew last weekend. The result snapped the Revolution’s five-game losing streak, but extended the club’s winless run to nine games (0-7-2), matching a club record.
The Revs got off to a perfect start, taking the lead through Sene in just the fourth minute. From inside his own half Chris Tierney delivered a searching ball into the box for Sene, who battled McKenzie for possession. McKenzie attempted to head clear but couldn’t get any power on the effort, providing Sene the chance to blast a volley into the far side netting.
McKenzie was directly involved again when the Revs doubled their lead to 2-0 in the 11th minute, directing the ball into his own net from close range. Kelyn Rowe created the chance when he fought off Bolaños and whipped in a low cross from the right wing, intended for Jerry Bengtson. The pass never reached Bengtson, however, as McKenzie poked the ball past Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy as he tried to block.
The early onslaught continued in the 21st minute when Sene grabbed his second of the night and pushed the Revs into a 3-0 lead. A long ball up-field from goalkeeper Matt Reis eventually fell to Sene, who drilled a long-range shot which took a slight deflection off McKenzie and wrong-footed Kennedy.
Joseph pulled one back for the visitors in short order, cutting New England’s lead to 3-1 in the 23rd minute. The Revs were punished from a set-piece situation as Nick LaBrocca’s corner kick found Joseph, who rose above his marker and Reis to bury a header.
There was still one more goal to be found in the first half as Joseph notched another in stoppage time to pull Chivas USA within 3-2 going into the halftime break. Juan Agudelo patiently held the ball in the right channel before laying off for Joseph, who used his left foot to curl a 20-yard drive inside the left post.
It took Chivas USA just two minutes to pull level after the break as Bolaños made it 3-3 in the 47th minute. Agudelo crossed from the right wing to the back post, where Casey Townsend leapt to head the ball back into the middle for Bolaños, who lashed home from eight yards out.
Unsurprisingly both teams continued to threaten on a night when goals were flying in at Gillette Stadium. Reis was forced into a pair of fine saves in the 62nd minute when he denied Juan Pablo Angel and Agudelo back-to-back, while Rowe hit the crossbar with a header at the other end three minutes later. In the 67th minute, Benny Feilhaber was sent through on goal but was denied by the onrushing Kennedy.
Kennedy made one more critical save in the 75th minute when he tipped Tierney’s long-range drive wide, while Reis matched him with a stop on Laurent Courtois in stoppage time.
The Revs will continue their three-game home-stand this weekend when they host the Philadelphia Union on Saturday, Sept. 1. Kickoff from Gillette Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m.
New England Revolution vs. Chivas USA
August 29, 2012 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
New England Revolution 3, Chivas USA 3
NE – Saer Sene (unassisted) 4
NE – Own goal (Rauwshan McKenzie) 11
NE – Saer Sene (unassisted) 21
CHV – Shalrie Joseph (Nick LaBrocca) 23
CHV – Shalrie Joseph (Juan Agudelo) 45+
CHV – Miller Bolanos (Casey Townsend, Juan Agudelo) 47
New England Revolution: Matt Reis ©, Chris Tierney, Stephen McCarthy, A.J. Soares, Kevin Alston, Lee Nguyen, Clyde Simms (Diego Fagundez 68), Ryan Guy, Kelyn Rowe (Fernando Cardenas 83), Saer Sene (Benny Feilhaber 65), Jerry Bengtson
Substitutes Not Used: Tim Murray, Darrius Barnes, Dimitry Imbongo, Florian Lechner
STATS: Shots 15, Shots on Target 5, Corner Kicks 11, Saves 6, Fouls 5, Offsides 4, Passes Completed (percentage) 265 (68.3%), Possession 42.8%
Chivas USA: Dan Kennedy, James Riley, Rauwshan McKenzie, Danny Califf ©, Ante Jazic, Tristan Bowen (Juan Pablo Angel 54), Shalrie Joseph, Nick LaBrocca (Oswaldo Minda 83), Miller Bolanos, Casey Townsend, Juan Agudelo (Laurent Courtois 76)
Substitutes Not Used: Tim Melia, Jose Correa, Jorge Villafana, John Valencia
STATS: Shots 20, Shots on Target 9, Corner Kicks 7, Saves 3, Fouls 12, Offsides 3, Passes Completed (percentage) 358 (80.2%), Possession 57.2%
* Note that all statistics are unofficial
NE – Kevin Alston (caution) 44
CHV – Danny Califf (caution) 60
Referee: Matthew Foerster
Assistant Referees: Adam Wienckowski, Corey Parker
Fourth Official: Mark Geiger
Weather: Clear and 73 degrees
New England Revolution: 6-14-6 (24 pts.)
Chivas USA (7-10-7, 28 pts.)
- With the draw, the Revs are now 5-7-3 against Chivas USA in the all-time, regular-season series between the two clubs … the teams have met just once outside of regular-season action, playing to a 1-1 draw in the group stage of SuperLiga 2008
- The draw extends the Revs’ advantage against Chivas USA in Foxborough to 4-2-2
- The Revs are winless (0-5-1) in their last six meetings with Chivas USA, dating back to September 13, 2009 … prior to that stretch, the Revs were unbeaten (3-0-1) in four matches against the Goats from July 7, 2007 to July 19, 2009
- The Revs scored three goals in the first half tonight after scoring just two goals in the previous five meetings against the Goats dating back to September 13, 2009 … the Revs were shut out in four straight games from September 13, 2009 to April 30, 2011 before the Revs scored a pair of goals in the last meeting on August 6, 2011
- The draw tonight extends the team’s winless streak to nine games (0-7-2), dating back to July 14 against Toronto, tying a club record … this is the third time in club history that the team has suffered a nine-game winless streak … the club record includes stretches from May 1 through July 13, 1999, when the team went 0-9, and May 21 through July 17, 2011, when the team went 0-6-3.
- Tonight’s draw also extended the Revs’ winless streak at home to four games (0-3-1) dating back to July 14 against Toronto … the Revs are now 5-4-4 in Foxborough this season
- The draw did, however, snap the team’s five-game losing streak dating back to July 29 at Philadelphia
- Tonight’s match concluded the Revs’ Western Conference schedule for 2012 … the Revs went 4-3-2 in their only meeting against nine Western Conference foes … the Revs will play their remaining eight games of the season against teams from the East
- After recording an early 3-0 lead, the Revs conceded three goals and earned a point in the 3-3 draw … the last time the Revs surrendered a three-goal lead before finishing in a draw was the 4-4 draw at Philadelphia on September 7, 2011
- Saer Sene scored his 10th goal of the season in the fourth minute … it was Sene’s first goal since his strike that earned “Goal of the Week” honors on July 29 at Philadelphia
- With his fourth-minute goal, Sene became the first Revolution player since Taylor Twellman (16) in 2007 to score 10 goals in a season
- Saer Sene’s fourth-minute goal tonight ended the Revs’ three-game scoreless streak at Gillette Stadium … prior to tonight, the Revs were unable to score a goal in any of its last three home games – July 14 against Toronto (1-0 loss), August 4 against Kansas City (1-0 loss) and August 12 against Montreal (1-0 loss)
- The Revs scored an own goal in the 11th minute off a deflection from Chivas USA’s Raushawn McKenzie … it was the Revs’ first own goal since May 29, 2010 against New York via Tim Ream
- Saer Sene scored his second goal of the night – and 11th goal of the season – in the 21st minute … Sene’s brace marked his first two-goal game since May 19 against Houston
- With three goals tonight, the Revs recorded their 11th multiple-goal game of the season … it was also the team’s fifth three-goal game of 2012
- The trio of goals in the first 45 minutes marked the second time this season the Revs have scored three goals in the first half … the Revs last scored three goals in the first half on May 12 against Vancouver en route to a 4-1 win
- Tonight's three-goal effort marks the first time the Revs have scored three or more goals in back-to-back games since 2007 ... that year, the Revs played to a 3-3 draw against Columbus on June 16 and then defeated Toronto, 3-0, on June 23
- Shalrie Joseph scored a pair of goals in the 23rd and 45th minutes in his return to New England for the first time as a member of Chivas USA since he was traded on August 1 … per the Elias Sports Bureau, Joseph became the first player in MLS history to face a team for which he played 250+ games
- The Revs will play their second of three games in an eight day stretch on Saturday against Philadelphia, when they host the Union at 7:30 p.m., at Gillette Stadium