Joseph has 'bittersweet' success against former team


Joseph has 'bittersweet' success against former team

BOSTON -- Jay Heaps needs to go back and look at the tape.
When he does, he knows his frustration level will only increase.
"It's just stuff we work on," said Heaps after Wednesday night's 3-3 draw with Chivas USA at Gillette Stadium, marking the Revolution's ninth-straight match without a win.
New England's coach will also see his former captain -- Shalrie Joseph -- appear on that game film. And he'll see Joseph scoring Chivas USA's first two goals.
Those two goals cut the Revs' lead to 3-2, after Saer Sene's two goals, combined with a Chivas own goal put New England up 3-0 just 22 minutes into the game.
"I don't know exactly what to say when it comes to kind of the tale of the way to start the game, and just some textbook errors that we made," said Heaps. "The timing of it, I haven't seen the film on it, but it goes as far as the timing of the goals."
What he's talking about is simple. Joseph's second goal of the game came in extra time at the end of the first half. The midfielder let a bullet rip from outside the top of the circle, and it beat a diving Revolution goaltender to the left side of the net.
Chivas USA's game-tying goal came just two minutes into the second half.
"Those are just critical times in the game, times we stress, times we work on," said Heaps. "And it's a disappointing result."
For Joseph, the result was bittersweet. Two goals against the team that traded him not too long ago would usually create some sort of sour taste in a captain's mouth. But not Joseph. Now, with Chivas USA, he's fighting for one of the final playoff spots in the Western Conference, something New England doesn't seem ready to do.
"It feels good to score two goals," said Joseph. "It doesn't matter what team. It's bittersweet that it was my old team. It feels good, but it's not about me right now. It's about our team trying to make the playoffs. And that's what I've got to look forward to.
"No hard feelings," he later added about the trade. "They made a business decision. They made a decision that they thought was better for the team, better for the organization. And I can't hold that against them. That's what they thought was good for them. Right now it's about me being sure I'm ready to play week in and week out, and make sure I push this team and try to get them into the playoffs."
Regardless of what the relationship between Heaps and Joseph is, the Revolution coach tipped his cap to his old captain, who played the biggest role in New England's three-goal collapse on Wednesday night.
"Shalrie's a gamer," said Heaps. "I bet you he circled this one on his calendar. Give credit to him. he put his team on his back, and he did a nice job.
"He's going to always be a Rev. It's just a little bit of a time, right now, where he's not. But, in terms of what he did tonight, I never question that guy."

Agudelo's two goals lead Revs past Minnesota 5-2 in home opener


Agudelo's two goals lead Revs past Minnesota 5-2 in home opener

Juan Agudelo scored two goals to lead the Revolution to a 5-2 victory over Minnesota United in New England's home opener before 11,571 Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.

Agudelo scored in the fourth and 41st minutes as the Revs - held to one goal in their first two games - picked up their first points of the season after opening with losses in Colorado and Dallas.

New England's original home opener, two weeks ago against Orlando, was postponed by cold weather. 

After Collen Warner's goal in the 15th minute tied it for expansion Minnesota, Kei Kamara (21st minute) and Lee Nguyen (penalty kick in the 32nd) made it 3-1 before Agudelo completed a four-goal outburst in the first half with his second goal of the game.

Nguyen's tally moved him into a tie with Steve Ralston for second place on the Revs career goals list with his 42nd. They trail Taylor Twellman (101).

Chris Tierney, playing in his 200th MLS game, all with the Revs, capped the scoring with a penalty-kick goal in the 52nd minute.

The Revs next play Sunday, April 2 on the road against the Portland Timbers.