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NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION

August 29, 2012
TRIUMPHANT RETURN
Joseph scores two as Chivas draws with Revs

By Addam Burrows
New England Soccer News Contributor

Saer Sene's two goal performance was matcheed by former Rev Shalrie Joseph.
Saer Sene's two goal performance was matcheed by former Rev Shalrie Joseph.
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass.---Shalrie Joseph made a triumphant return to Gillette Stadium, scoring a pair of first-half goals to negate a Saer Sene brace as Chivas USA overcame an early two-goal deficit to earn a 3-3 draw and extend the New England Revolution winless streak to nine games.

With clear skies, a full moon rising over the Atlantic, and the distant Blue Hills sharply etched in the dying light, vast Gillette Stadium appeared particularly desolate as 10,945 fans made the midweek trip to welcome Joseph back to Foxborough after his unexpected August 1st exile to Southern California.

The Revolution (6-14-6, 24 points) jumped to an early lead behind Sene’s tenth goal of the season as the Frenchman became the first Rev to reach double figures in goals since Taylor Twellman notched sixteen in 2007.

Sene brought down a fourth minute pass over the top of the Chivas defense from Chris Tierney and after defender Rauwshan McKenzie flubbed the clearance off Sene’s initial effort, the golden crested Frenchman made no mistake on his second attempt, rifling a left-footed half-volley across the goalmouth past a flailing Dan Kennedy.

New England doubled its lead in the eleventh minute when rookie Kelyn Rowe, starting off the right flank, got to the end line past veteran left back Ante Jazic and sent a low cross into the box that Jerry Bengtson appeared initially to get a toe on, although the official ruling was an own goal from McKenzie.

In the sixteenth minute, Rowe got the worst of a collision with Kennedy as the Chivas ‘keeper came off his line to claim a loose ball and rolled his broad shoulder into the much smaller Revolution rookie.

Sene made it a first-half brace in the 21st minute, collecting a loose ball 25 yards from goal, then turning and firing a rocket that was still rising as it rippled the net behind a stunned Kennedy.

Joseph got one back for the Goats a minute later, elevating above Ryan Guy and nodding a header home off a Nick LaBrocca corner kick as Matt Reis was late to arrive for the punch.

The dreadlocked former Revolution poster child, wearing number 18 and unfamiliar red and white candy stripes, reduced the deficit to a goal in the waning moments of the first half, galloping from the center circle onto a square ball from Juan Agudelo and letting loose with a left-footed drive from just beyond the arc that eluded Reis as the Revolution ‘keeper dove right.

The Goats started the second half the way they ended the first and found the equalizer less than two minutes after intermission.

Agudelo collected a throw-in in the right corner and sent a cross through the box that Casey Townsend headed back toward the spot for Ecuadoran midfielder Miller Bolanos to volley past Reis as defender Stephen McCarthy watched flat-footed.

Reis kept the score level with a pair of superb saves in the 61st minute.

First, Reis dropped low to his right to palm away a hard liner off the right foot of second-half substitute Juan Pablo Angel and then recovered in time to box away an Agudelo bullet off the ensuing rebound.

The woodwork saved Chivas four minutes later.

Rowe rose high over Jazic to get his head on a Chris Tierney cross, but his valiant effort rebounded off the post.

Benny Feilhaber replaced an injured Sene in the 68th minute and soon after found himself alone on goal, but Kennedy came off his line to swallow up the opportunity as Feilhaber delayed pulling the trigger.

In the 75th minute, Diego Fagundez, who had replaced Clyde Simms earlier, deftly rescued a ball at the end line and found Tierney outside the box, but Kennedy was able to dive left and touch away the left back’s twisting screamer.

Osvaldo Minda had a long-range chance in stoppage time but Reis was able to haul it in to preserve the Revolution’s solitary point.

The outcome was eerily reminiscent of Saturday’s match in Columbus when the Revolution also jumped out to an early 2-0 lead only to see it disappear as a result of sloppy defending and individual brilliance from the opposition.

The only consolation tonight was that the brilliance was the product of one of New England’s all-time greats.

With the Chivas match-up the second of four games in twelve days, Jay Heaps brought Feilhaber off the bench, reinserting Lee Nguyen in the starting line-up on the left side of midfield.

Otherwise the starting eleven was identical to the one that took the field in Saturday’s losing effort in Columbus, with Guy in deep midfield alongside Simms and Rowe on the right.
   
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