By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO -- Three-game home stands are usually beneficial, but for the New England Revolution, the next two matches at Gillette Stadium dont mean much.
The Revs have officially been eliminated from the postseason with their loss last
weekend to the Seattle Sounders. New England players made it known after that loss, that the remaining three games on the teams schedule will be about keeping their jobs and their pride.
Saturday nights game at Gillette Stadium will mean just as much to the visiting San Jose Earthquakes, as they were also eliminated from postseason contention last weekend.
Goalkeeper Matt Reis (hamstring) and defender A.J. Soares (ankle) are both ruled out
for Saturday nights match against the Earthquakes, with Soares being shut down for the season.
Zak Boggs (hip), Rajko Lekic (ankle), Stephen McCarthy (shoulder), Ryan Kinne (nasal
fracture), and Sainey Nyassi (hamstring) will also be out of action on Saturday, while
Kevin Alston and Monsef Zerka were upgraded to probable on Friday.
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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.