Mears started 14 of the season’s first 15 games before manager Gerardo Martino elected to put in Anton Walkes for the next seven games.
Mears hasn’t played in a league game since his last start, a 2-1 loss at D.C. United on June 21.
“I always have to be ready,” Mears said. “It’s been tough to be on the bench, but I got the call tonight. The coach told me to go forward and that’s what I tried to do.”