Revs-Dynamo preview

Revs-Dynamo preview

By Danny Picard

HOUSTON -- Veterans Shalrie Joseph and Matt Reis made it clear after last Saturdays 2-1 loss at home to Real Salt Lake: immaturity is the New England Revolutions biggest issue.

So with nothing but pride at stake in Sundays game at Houston, the Revs younger players and theres a lot of them -- can get to working on their leadership and accountability.

Sundays match against the Dynamo marks New Englands third-to-last game of the season; a season that will see no playoffs for the Revolution for the first time since 2001. And Sunday presents a great opportunity for the Revs to begin improving for next season.

The Dynamo arent much better than the Revs, if theyre even better at all. Houston
enters Sundays game as the seventh-place team in the Western Conference (out of eight) with 27 points. Thats only one point better than New England, which enters the match as the seventh-place team in the Eastern Conference (out of eight) with 26 points.

If the rest of the season is all about pride, the Revs hope to use Sunday as an opportunity to snap a five-game winless skid. In fact, the Revs only have one win in their last 10 matches. But there is one bit of good news; New England is 1-0 against Houston this season. So the Revolution have that going for them, at least.

After Sunday, the last two games on New Englands schedule are against the Kansas City Wizards at Gillette Stadium next Saturday, followed by the season-finale on Oct. 21 in New York against the Red Bulls.

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Revolution acquire defender Benjamin Angoua


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.