Revolution 3, Chivas 3: New England Blows Lead, Extends Winless Run To Nine

The New England Revolution did the unthinkable and blew a three-goal lead against Chivas USA on Wednesday night. Miller Bolanos scored after a defensive error to make it 3-3 early in the second half, and the scoreline held. (TV/Radio: CSN/98.5)

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Revolution Vs. Chivas: Shalrie Joseph Marks Return With Two Goals As New England Settles For 3-3 Draw

The New England Revolution jumped out to a great start, but error-prone defending burnt them again as they were forced to settle for an eventful 3-3 draw with Chivas USA. The draw extends their winless run to nine games, but halts the losing streak at five. The Revs held a 3-0 lead in the 21st minute.

The match's major storyline was Shalrie Joseph, the Revolution's all-time appearances leader and former captain who made his first return to Foxboro in an opponent's jersey. Not one to shy away from the big occasion, Joseph marked his return with two emphatic goals, spurring his new team on in a heroic comeback to claim a vital road point.

"Being 3-0 down and coming back and getting a point shows a lot of character in this team," said Joseph. "We just have to move forward and try and get another one and get some points Saturday in San Jose."

The Revs jumped out to an early lead when Saer Sene unleashed a ludicrous volley in the 4th minute to give the home side the lead. The goal was his tenth of the season, making him the first Revolution player since Taylor Twellman in 2007 to score double-digit goals in one season.

"He's a special player for us and someone that when we score goals, he seems to be around it," said head coach Jay Heaps. "He's creative and he's dangerous and he's unique - and I like that about him."

After another seven minutes, the Revolution found their lead doubled. Kelyn Rowe cut to the byline on the right and played in a dangerous cross that put the Chivas defense under pressure. In his effort to keep the ball from reaching an open Jerry Bengtson in the six-yard box, Rauwshan McKenzie directed the ball into his own net for an own-goal.

Then, in the 21st minute, Sene made it a brace. Bengtson took the ball off of Joseph (perhaps the only glaring error the Foxboro legend made all game) and nudged it on to Sene. The Frenchman picked his head up and drilled a swerving shot from 25 yards out that wrong-footed Dan Kennedy and found net.

"I play, I'm a striker," said Sene. "I'm here to score goals for the team and that's what I try to do every game."

From there, the game fell apart for New England. Joseph headed home from a Nick LaBrocca corner in the 23rd minute to get one back for Chivas. Then he doubled his tally in first-half stoppage time with a well-struck curler from distance.

The third Chivas goal was all-too familiar to disheartened Revolution fans who have watched the recent run of bad fortune in Foxboro. The Revolutin defense switched off on a Chivas throw-in, and suddenly Juan Agudelo was all alone in a dangerous spot on the right flank. The USA striker's cross found the head of Casey Townsend at the far post, who rose above a despairing Kevin Alston to head the ball back into the middle of the box. Miller Bolanos was waiting, and in the 47th minute, Chivas USA had completed their three-goal comeback.

"I just kept pushing guys and just believing," said Joseph. "Once we started to push guys, we just got that feeling that we can be right back in it after we get the second one, and (Juan) Agudelo played me a great ball to my left foot and I just tried to curl it. It went in and it felt good, and after that we just kept pushing and pushing."

Joseph's influence on the match was palpable, and a cursory look at the stats could reflect that. Chivas beat the Revolution out in possession, passing accuracy, and total passes as Joseph controlled the midfield with simple passes and searching balls, always attempting to find the players in the best position to make a better play.

It was a display that will have some fans wondering why Joseph was ever traded. Others will remember that Joseph had tallied just one goal and one assist so far in 2012 before his trade, and that performances like this one were becoming a rarity. For his part, Jay Heaps was unsurprised.

"He put this team on his back and he did a nice job," said Heaps. "He's always going to be a Rev, it's just a little bit of time when he's not.

"But in terms of what he did tonight, I never questioned that guy."

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Revolution Vs. Chivas Update: Bolanos Strikes Quickly To Bring Chivas Level 3-3

The New England Revolution contrived to blow a three goal lead against Chivas USA on Wednesday night as shades of Saturday's debacle against Columbus continue to prevail. Miller Bolanos capitalized on a now-typical Revolution error to draw the match level at 3-3.

A 47th-minute throw-in from a decent position became a dangerous attack when the Revolution again failed to pay attention to the ball when it was in the opponent's hands. The throw found an open and unmarked Juan Agudelo down by the corner flag, and the USA striker turned and played a long far-post cross toward rookie Casey Townsend. Townsend climbed over Kevin Alston and headed the ball back toward the middle of the box, where Bolanos waited, unmarked. The winger basically just needed to get a touch on the ball and he did, beating Matt Reis from what was essentially point-blank range.

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Revolution Vs. Chivas Update: Shalrie Joseph Gets His Second Just Before Half, Makes It 3-2

The New England Revolution must be wondering where these performances were when Shalrie Joseph was still wearing their uniform. Chivas USA, after going down 3-0 inside 21 minutes, have managed to cut the lead to 3-2 thanks to Joseph's stunning strike in first-half stoppage time.

Juan Agudelo had the ball out on the right flank for the Goats. He then cut inside and fed a lateral pass to Joseph rushing through the middle. Shalrie had to take it on his left, but he caught it sweet and clean at the top of the D, blasting the ball with just enough swerve to nestle it into the far left corner of the goal past a despairing Matt Reis.

The goal capped a thrilling first half that saw five goals scored. The 3-2 scoreline is an eerie mirror image of the halftime line from Saturday's loss against Columbus, except this time the Revs are on the winning side. After that offensive explosion, though, it does appear that the Revolution's offense has come back into its own a bit, as they've forced an unusually high number of corners and fashioned more than one good scoring chance. Saer Sene squandered a chance for a hat trick in the 29th minute when he knocked a Lee Nguyen corner over an open net at the far post.

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Revolution Vs. Chivas Update: Sene and Joseph Trade Goals, New England Leads 3-1

The New England Revolution looked to be totally in control of their match against Chivas USA on Wednesday night, extending their lead by another goal in the 21st minute. Chivas had other ideas, however fighting back with a goal from former Revolution captain Shalrie Joseph in the 23rd minute.

Sene's goal, his second of the game, was nearly as dramatic as the first. Jerry Bengtson put in some great dirty work, muscling Joseph off the ball and flicking it to Sene. The Frenchman controlled, and rather than taking on the defender and pushing into the box, he let fly from 25 yards out. The ball bent right and then left, wrong-footing Dan Kennedy, who managed just a hand on the ball before it bulged the net.

The Goats were not ready to call it quits yet, however. A Nick LaBrocca corner found its way to Shalrie Joseph in the box relatively unmarked. Joseph rose up high, and with Matt Reis bearing down on him, headed the ball into the net.

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Revolution Vs. Chivas Update: Rauwshan McKenzie's Night Gets Worse, Own Goal Puts New England Ahead 2-0

An eerie sense of deja vu may be settling over New England Revolution fans on Wednesday night against Chivas USA as the Revs jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, much like against Columbus on the weekend. This time, though, their lead was doubled through an own goal by Rauwshan McKenzie, whose night just seems to be going from bad to worse.

Kelyn Rowe streaked down the right flank and found the touchline before cutting in toward the net. His drilled cross was aimed directly for the foot of Jerry Bengtson, but McKenzie made the interception. Unfortunately for McKenzie, his touch simply deflected the ball into the net, giving the Revolution a 2-0 lead.

Replays from the box made it look as though Bengtson was the one who actually got the touch on the ball, but official scorers ruled it an own-goal.

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Revolution Vs. Chivas Update: Saer Sene Scores 10th Of The Season, New England Leads 1-0

The New England Revolution wasted no time welcoming former captain Shalrie Joseph back to Gillette Stadium on Wednesday night, going up 1-0 on Chivas USA in just the fourth minute. Saer Sene fired the opening salvo with his 10th goal of the season.

The move opened with a long pass from Chris Tierney on the left. Saer Sene's first touch in the box actually let him down, and gave Chivas defender Rauwshan McKenzie the chance to to try and get a clearing touch on it. McKenzie botched it, however, heading the ball right in front of Sene, who then tried an audacious volley from a tight angle that flashed across Dan Kennedy and nestled into the side netting for the lead.

With that goal, Saer Sene became the first New England Revolution player to hit double digit goals in one season since Taylor Twellman all the way back in 2007.

Lineups

Revolution: Reis; Alston, McCarthy, Soares, Tierney; Rowe, Guy, Simms, Nguyen; Sene, Bengtson

Bench: Murray, Barnes, Cardenas, Fagundez, Feilhaber, Imbongo, Lechner

Chivas: Kennedy; Riley, McKenzie, Califf, Jazic; Bowen, Joseph, LaBrocca, Bolanos; Townsend, Agudelo

Bench: Melia, Angel, Correa, Courtois, Villafana, Minda, Valencia

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