Revs battle Galaxy to 1-1 tie

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Revs battle Galaxy to 1-1 tie

CARSON, Calif. (AP) Juninho scored for the second time in two games, helping the Los Angeles Galaxy forge a 1-1 tie in their rain-soaked home opener against the New England Revolution on Sunday.

Juninho's goal in the 39th minute knotted the score after the Galaxy (1-0-1) had a pair of first-half goals called back.

Sharlie Joseph scored the lone goal less than three minutes in for the Revolution (0-0-1), who were playing their season opener.

The Galaxy finally broke through six minutes before the half after a string of unsuccessful chances. Revolution defender A.J. Soares sent a halfhearted clearance that Juninho intercepted steps outside the box, firing a perfectly placed shot to the upper corner of the goal that Matt Reis had little chance of stopping.

Los Angeles thought it had netted the game winner in stoppage time when Juan Pablo Angel finished a cross in front of the net, only to have it waved off by as he was ruled offside.

Joseph got the scoring started early to stun the fired-up Galaxy crowd. Following a deflect off a corner kick, Marko Perovic sent a cross from the right wing as Joseph rose above the defense and finished with a header past goalie Josh Saunders.

Despite the early letdown, the Galaxy were persistent on the attack, setting up a pair of potential that goals that were disallowed.

In the 16th minute, David Beckham sent in free kick that Reis bobbled in heavy traffic, sending the ball to the turf and allowing Juninho to tap it home. But referees ruled that Mike Magee had made contact with Reis and disallowed it.

Magee thought he had a goal of his own minutes later, but an offside call negated a second potential-tying goal.

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.