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.