Alston and Domi to return for Revs in home opener

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Alston and Domi to return for Revs in home opener

By DannyPicard
CSNNE.com

Saturday marks the home opener for the New England Revolution, as they host D.C. United in the first game of the 2011 regular season at Gillette Stadium.

The Revs are coming off a 1-1 draw with the Los Angeles Galaxy on the West Coast, Sunday, and welcomed the season-opening point with open arms.

Seeing D.C. United in town isnt the big news, though. Instead, all eyes will be on New Englands potential return of defenders Kevin Alston and Didier Domi.

Both Alston (hamstring) and Domi (knee) missed Sundays season opener in Los Angeles, but both re-joined the teams full training sessions earlier in the week, and Revolution coach Steve Nicol said that he expects each player to be available for Saturdays match with D.C. United.

Alston and Domi have each been ailing since the preseason, with Alston straining his hamstring just 10 minutes into the Revs first preseason game of the year, back in February, and Domi injuring his right knee during the teams preseason trip to Georgia.

Ive been running for a couple of weeks, so I think its just getting back up to speed, said Alston. But its felt good. I still think I have a ways to go, but Im working on it.

I was feeling nothing when I was playing, said Domi. It was just swelling a bit. Its still a bit swollen, but it doesnt hurt.

The Revs will need both back in the lineup as soon as possible, because the D.C. United enter Saturdays game at Gillette Stadium coming off a second-half surge that saw three goals in the final 45 minutes to give the United a win over the Columbus Crew.

Revolution fans will notice some changes at Gillette Stadium when they show up on Saturday. The venues seating arrangement has changed for 2011, as there will be a new seating configuration that will shorten the size of the sections by 10-15 rows, opening up the seats all around the bowl.

In the past, one entire side of the field was blocked off with a tarp, but that will no longer be the case, beginning with the teams first home game of the season on Saturday.

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Revolution acquire defender Benjamin Angoua

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Revolution acquire defender Benjamin Angoua

The New England Revolution have acquired defender Benjamin Angoua on loan from EA Guingamp for the 2017 MLS season with the option to transfer permanently following the season. Angoua will be added to the Revolution roster upon the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa.
 
“With Benjamin’s experience, adding him to the Revolution was an important step for our club this offseason,” Revolution GM Michael Burns said. “We began this offseason with the goal of bringing in veteran players who are ready to contribute right away, so we are very pleased to have Benjamin with us as we head to preseason training in Arizona.”
 
Angoua, 30, has made a combined 309 appearances across all competitions in France, Hungary, and the Ivory Coast, recording five goals and two assists from the backline. He joins the Revolution after more than two seasons with EA Guingamp (2014-17) and previously played for FC Valenciennes (2010-14), both in France’s top-flight Ligue 1. An experienced defender, Angoua has registered 152 appearances, including 138 starts, in Ligue 1 competition since 2010.
 
The 6-foot, 160-pound Ivorian international also played with Budapest Honvéd (2006-10) in Hungary’s OTP Bank Liga, and Africa Sports (2004-06) in the Ivory Coast Ligue 1. Angoua has additional experience competing in the UEFA Europa League with both Guingamp and Budapest Honvéd.
 
At the international level, the Anyama native has recorded 17 caps and registered one goal for the Ivory Coast national team.