Revolution dedicate win to Myra Kraft

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Revolution dedicate win to Myra Kraft

By Jimmy Toscano
CSNNE.com

When you think of Robert Kraft, you automatically affiliate him with the New England Patriots.

It makes sense, he's the owner of the team -- a team that many consider the Team of the Decade, and one that Kraft bought, saved, and put on the map for good back in 1994.

But Kraft is also the owner of the New England Revolution, a team that is obviously, and will always be, far less popular than the Patriots, but one that he bought just a year after buying the Patriots. He believes in the Revolution much like he believed in the Patriots decades ago.

Kraft has done so much to promote the Revs brand, and soccer as a whole, and the team has been relatively successful in its short existence. They've gone to the MLS Cup three times, including a 2002 match against the L.A. Galaxy at Gillette Stadium in which an MLS record 61,316 people attended.

For those reasons and more, Revs players were hit just as hard by the news that Myra Kraft, Robert Kraft's wife, had passed away Wednesday.

Former Revolution and MLS star Taylor Twellman tweeted this morning, "Today is a very sad day. Myra Kraft in '02 when I came to Boston opened her arms to me and made me feel like her son. And will forever remember what MyraRobert meant to me and my parents when I signed @NERevolution. My 2nd set of parents were n Boston!"

You can bet that Twellman speaks for all Revs players when he sends his heartfelt condolences to the Kraft family, and the team showed it in Wednesday night's 1-0 win over D.C. United, which also happened to be their first win in over two months.

The Revs wore black arm bands during the game in memory of Myra Kraft.

Matt Reis, the backbone and starting goalie on the Revs since he was traded to the team back in 2003, has undoubtedly spent time with the Kraft's over the years. After the game, he went on air to dedicate the game in memory of Myra Kraft.

"I'd like to say -- this is from the Revs players and staff -- this was dedicated to the memory of Myra Kraft," Reis said. "We all had it on the back of our minds. I saw Robert Kraft in the tunnel before we left for this game Tuesday and he said we could really use a win. So Robert that one's for you. Thank you for letting me play the game of soccer, and we're deeply sorry for your loss."

After the win, in which Reis made several impressive saves en route to the shutout, he could be seen giving the arm band a kiss.

The outpouring of support and respect for the Kraft's is a true testament to the type of people that the Krafts are.

She will be missed dearly, but her legacy lives on in each and every New England athlete that steps on that Gillette Stadium field.

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.