Joseph to stay with Revs, won't play for Grenada

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Joseph to stay with Revs, won't play for Grenada

By DannyPicard
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO Shalrie Joseph has decided to keep his talents in New England.

Revolution fans may refer to it as The Decision. Or maybe they wont. After all, the Revs captain didnt hold a press conference, and he didnt call upon any reporters to spring the news on them.

Heck, he didnt even tell his team.

So when Joseph walked into Gillette Stadium on Tuesday morning, it was somewhat unexpected.

After previously accepting Grenadas invitation to join his homelands national team for the 2011 Gold Cup, Joseph had informed the Revolution that he would be leaving them for several weeks to play for his country following last Saturday nights match with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Joseph was scheduled to miss at least the next two MLS games, and depending on how far Grenada advanced, he could have missed up to five.

But following Saturday nights 1-0 loss to the Galaxy at Gillette Stadium, Joseph had second thoughts.

He took advice from his mother, his agent, and contemplated text messages from his teammates, begging for their captain to stay.

Everyones happy he did.

After the game against L.A., I was 100 percent sure that I cant leave right now, said Joseph after Thursdays practice. With Benny Feilhaber hurt, and not picking up any points against L.A., that was huge in my decision-making, that I need to stay here.

We need to start figuring out ways to win and need to be better as a team, and its going to have to start in Dallas on Saturday. And me not being there was definitely going to hurt the team.

Saturdays loss was New Englands fifth loss of the season, and its second MLS loss in a row. Now that Feilhaber will miss several weeks because of a sprained right ankle, Josephs presence is even that much more important in New Englands midfield.

Obviously were delighted were going to have him, said Revolution coach Steve Nicol. Im not all that surprised, really.

There wasnt a whole lot of positives for him to go, other than the fact that hes playing for his country. But were delighted that hes staying here with us."

Nicol added: I think any team in the league wants Shalrie stepping on the field for them. Were certainly no different.

The Revolution travel to Texas to take on FC Dallas on Saturday night. It was originally supposed to be a game theyd have to try and win without their captain.

Now, Joseph has had a change in heart, and there isnt one person in New England complaining about it.

I thought I had to do whats right for me, and me being here for the team and my teammates is the most important thing, said Joseph. My decision is that I need to be here and to be a captain, and to be a leader, and to make sure these guys know I have their back no matter what.

This is where my heart is, and this is where I want to be.

Danny Picard is onTwitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard.

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.