Revs beat Columbus, still perfect in exhibition play

Revs beat Columbus, still perfect in exhibition play

Special to CSNNE.com

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. Sainey Nyassi scored for the second straight game and Zack Schilawski added his first goal of the 2011 preseason as the New England Revolution defeated the Columbus Crew, 2-1, in an exhibition game here Sunday afternoon.

The Revs are now 4-0-0 in exhibition play.

Nyassi gave the Revolution a halftime lead with a deflected goal in the 43rd minute, and Schilawski doubled the advantage with an opportunistic finish in the 81st minute.

Crew forward Tom Heinemann became the first player to score against the Revolution this preseason when he broke up Bobby Shuttleworths shutout bid with a consolation goal in stoppage time.

Revolution coach Steve Nicol used every healthy field player at his disposal against the Crew, playing entirely different lineups in each half. Rookies Ryan Kinne (left midfield), Stephen McCarthy (central midfield) and A.J. Soares (central defense) all started the match, with Soares partnered by recent arrival Franco Coria in central defense. Nigerian midfielder Michael Augustine (right midfield) and trialist Otto Loewy (central defense) entered as part of the new contingent after halftime.

Unavailable because of injury were Kevin Alston (L hamstring strain), Ousmane Dabo (R quad strain), Didier Domi (R knee swelling) and Kheli Dube (R ankle sprain). Goaltender Matt Reis did not dress because he is expected to play both upcoming games this week

The Revs and Crew will meet for the second time in four days when the clubs square off in a rematch Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. at Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium.

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.