Revs exercise options on 15 players

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Revs exercise options on 15 players

The New England Revolution on Friday exercised the 2013 options on 15 players from its 2012 roster, while declining options on four others.

Coming back to the Revs are goalkeepers Matt Reis and Bobby Shuttleworth.

The defense will look familiar with the return of Kevin Alston, Darrius Barnes, Stephen McCarthy, A.J. Soares and Chris Tierney.

The returning midfielders are Ryan Guy, Lee Nguyen, Sainey Nyassi, Clyde Simms and Juan Toja.

Up front, forwards Diego Fagundez, Dimitry Imbongo and Saer Sene will also be back in New England.

But not everyone had their options picked up. The Revs declined the options on midfielders Fernando Cardenas, Benny Feilhaber and Blair Gavin, as well as goalkeeper Tim Murray.

Three players were already until contract for next season: forward Jerry Bengtson, midfielder Kelyn Rowe, and defender Tyler Polak.

The roster currently has 20 players, including two who already signed this off-season: Kalifa Cisse and Andy Dorman.

The coaching staff saw a shake up as well with the Revs parting ways with reserve team coach David Vaudreuil. There is currently a search for a new assistant coach.

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.