FOXBOROUGH - While many of today's youth are forgoing years of college to become professional athletes, Zak Boggs is headed in the opposite direction.
The third-year midfielder has retired from the New England Revolution in order to accept a Fulbright Scholarship to study medical sciences at Englands Leicester University, beginning this fall.
We want to wish Zak the best of luck as he re-enters the academic world, Revolution General Manager Michael Burns said. Zak has had a passion for medical research his entire time with us, which he was able to balance with his playing career. But this is an outstanding opportunity for him, and one which allows him to continue his cancer research at a higher level.
Boggs, 25, was drafted in the second round (31st overall) in 2010. In three years, he played in 29 games, recording three goals and an assist. Two of those goals came in his first career start, in a game against Columbus.
But this season was a bit of a disappointment for Boggs, who had yet to get on the field for the Revs after suffering a severe ankle sprain in February.
Boggs' trophy case includes the 2011 MLS Humanitarian of the Year award, which he won for his ongoing volunteer research at Boston Childrens Hospital. Since 2010, Boggs has assisted in research of potential cancer diagnostics and prognostics.
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.