August 29, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Columbus Crew forward Jairo Arrieta(25) and Philadelphia Union midfielder/defender Gabriel Farfan (15) battle for the ball during the first half at PPL Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

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MLS needs midweek matches to make up for their earlier midweek matches and balance out the schedule, which is okay because there are soft pretzels.

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New England Revolution Vs. Chivas USA, 2012 MLS: Shalrie Joseph Sparks Comeback For Draw

When Chivas USA fell behind 3-0 to the New England Revolution, they looked dead and buried. After all, this is a Chivas team that came into the match averaging just 0.74 goals per match and had not scored three goals in a match all year. But Shalrie Joseph made his return to Gillette Stadium a memorable one, scoring twice to spark a Chivas comeback that Miller Bolanos capped to bring the Goats back form three goals down and earn a 3-3 draw in New England.

Saer Sene opened the scoring in the fourth minute then Rauwshan McKenzie put the ball in his own net to double the New England lead in the 11th minute. Sene then added a second goal in the 21st minute with a strike from 25 yards and the match was done, kaput, over. Or so the thinking went.

Joseph did not subscribe to that thinking, though. The New England icon, who was just traded away by the Revs to Chivas earlier this year got on the end of a corner kick and headed home just two minutes after Sene scored to make it a 3-1 game.

That 3-1 scoreline looked like it would hold until halftime, but Joseph notched a second in first half stoppage time. He stepped into a pass and hit the ball first time from 20 yards. Matt Reis didn't have a chance as the ball curled around him into the net and Chivas were within one.

It didn't take long in the second half for Chivas to get even either. Juan Agudelo took a throw-in down the right, turned and crossed all the way to the back post for Casey Townsend. The rookie then nodded back across goal for Bolanos, who smashed the ball past Reis for the equalizer.

Chivas had made the comeback to get even and would have won the match too if it wasn't for some great goalkeeping by Reis. He made fine saves on Juan Pablo Angel and Agudelo in one sequence when it looked like Chivas would sure get a winner. Still, from 3-0 down to one point, Chivas had themselves a great night in New England.

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