Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Revolution 3, Chivas USA 3
By Brian O
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It was a return to remember for Shalrie Joseph, who scored two goals to help Chivas USA grab a 3-3 draw against the Revolution on Wednesday at Gillette Stadium.
Joseph, who played nearly 10 seasons in New England before he was traded to the Goats on Aug. 1, scored in the 23rd and 45+1 minutes, to help deliver his squad from a two-goal deficit before Miller Bolanos leveled it in the 47th minute. Joseph's former teammate Saer Sene opened the scoring the 4th minute and added another in the 21st minute. The Revolution also benefited from an own goal from the Goats in the 11th minute.
With the draw, the Revolution see their record go to 6-14-6 (24 points) while the Goats grab another point to send their record to 7-10-7 (28 points).
Winless streak matches all-time worst: The Revolution's current nine-game slide tied the longest winless streak in team history. New England previously went winless in nine from May 1 through July 13, 1999 (0-9) and May 21 through July 17, 2011 (0-6-3).
Another two-goal lead evaporates: For the second straight game, the Revolution built a two-goal advantage only to watch it disappear within the first 47 minutes.
Home success hard to come by lately: After going 5-1-3 in their first nine home games, the Revolution have gone winless in their last four and haven't won at Gillette Stadium since a 2-0 victory over the Red Bulls on July 8.
Revs defense opens the door: Joseph became the third player in the last two games to score two goals against the Revolution. Last week, the Crew's Federico Higuain and Jairo Arrieta each scored a pair of goals against New England, who dropped a 4-3 loss in Columbus.
Sene cracks double figures: Saer Sene's 4th-minute goal marked the first time in five years that a Revolution player scored double-digit goals in league play. The last player to do it was Taylor Twellman, who scored 16 during the 2007 season.
Goats tough to get by: With the draw, the Revolution have gone winless in their last six against Chivas USA (0-5-1). The Revolution's last win against the Goats came on Jul7 19, 2009.
Feilhaber back on the bench: For the second time in the last three games, Benny Feilhaber found himself listed among the game-day substitutes. However, he would come on in the 65th minute for Sene.
Next up: The second game of the Revolution's three-game homestand kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday when they host the Philadelphia Union. On July 29, the Union handed the Revolution a 2-1 loss at PPL Park.