The New England Revolution have a bye next weekend, so they'll look to enter the off-week on a positive note, as they try and get back in the win column against the Chicago Fire on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.
Both the Revolution and Fire are coming off losses in the U.S. Open Cup earlier this week. But it was New England's loss that was the most devastating of the two, as it blew a 3-0 lead to the Harrisburg City Islanders.
As for regular-season games, the Revs are coming off a 3-2 loss to D.C. United at RFK Stadium last weekend. They enter Saturday's match with the Fire as the seventh-place team in the Eastern Conference (out of 10), with 13 points and a 4-7-1 record.
Meanwhile, Chicago is the fifth-place team in the East, with 18 points and a 5-4-3 record.
Revolution coach Jay Heaps hopes his players learn from their blown 3-0 lead in the U.S. Open Cup, and he hopes they learn quickly. Because New England hasn't defeated Chicago in a regular-season match since May of 2007. The Revs are 0-7-3 in their last 10 games against the Fire in regular-season play.
They'll try and snap that winless streak on Saturday without Ryan Guy, who re-aggravated a calf injury last weekend. Also out for the Revs will be Clyde Simms, who will miss his third-straight game with ankle tendonitis.
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.