Coming off a 3-0 loss to Chivas USA on Saturday night, the New England Revolution realize theyll be in another physical battle this weekend when they host the Colorado Rapids on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.
Entering the game, New England (2-3-3) is in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, while Colorado (4-3-1) is in second place in the Western Conference, and only two points out of first place, behind the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Thats one of their strengths is their physicality, and the way they tackle and get into people, said Revs captain Shalrie Joseph. Its very important that we come out ready to play because we know its going to be a physical battle. We have to match their intensity.
The Revolution last won an MLS match on April 23. It was a 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City.
But whats in the past is in the past, and New England is looking to prove that on Saturday night, when they try to quickly put their latest defeat -- against Chivas USA -- in the rearview mirror.
Thats the good thing about this team, said Joseph. We have a great mentality that we leave the last game behind us. Whether we win or lose, we try to look forward to the next one, so we have to leave what happened in LA behind us and try to move forward. We have a huge game against Colorado on Saturday and we have to get three points.
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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.