Revs battle Sporting KC to scoreless tie

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Revs battle Sporting KC to scoreless tie

KANSAS CITY, Kan. Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen made four saves for his league-leading ninth shutout of the season in a scoreless draw with the New England Revolution on Saturday night.

Sporting (11-6-4) moved one point behind first-place New York in the Eastern Conference. Nielsens shutout moved him one ahead of Vancouvers Joe Cannon.

Matt Reis earned his fourth shutout for New England (6-9-5), which is just 1-7-2 on the road.
Each goalie had to make a spectacular save to preserve the draw. Nielsen punched out Ryan Guys header in the 15th minute, and Reis made a diving fingertip save to deflect Jacob Petersons header in the 52nd.

Reis spent several minutes on the field late in stoppage time after colliding in the air with Sporting forward Kei Kamara, but was able to finish out the match.

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.