The New England Revolution began the 2012 season last weekend with a 1-0 loss to San Jose. They'll try to bounce back on Saturday night against a Sporting Kansas City club that came out victorious in their first game of the season.
The Revs allowed just one shot on goal in their season-opener in San Jose, but the most notable issue was the team's poor ball possession.
First-year coach Jay Heaps believes the team will address that moving forward.
Obviously there were some positives that we have to take away, but more importantly there are some negatives we have to address, said Heaps. I think being the first game and being what it was, we have some growing pains left and were going to address those as each game comes.
They'll have to address that soon, because Saturday's game isn't any easier against a Sporting KC club that finished last season as the best team in the Eastern Conference.
The Revs do have something going for them, however. In their last three meetings with Sporting KC, New England is 2-0-1. They'll try to keep that streak going on Saturday night, before returning home next weekend to host the Portland Timbers.
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.