Revs' Feilhaber has words of wisdon for fellow Brazilian Fab Melo

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Revs' Feilhaber has words of wisdon for fellow Brazilian Fab Melo

FOXBOROUGH -- When Fab Melo begins his rookie season he will become the tenth Brazilian-born athlete to play in the NBA. As a member of the Boston Celtics, he will also be the second professional athlete in New England from his native country.

Like Melo, New England Revolution midfielder Benny Feilhaber was born in Brazil. Although he moved to the United States at an earlier age than the seven-footer, Feilhaber still has ties to his culture. The 27 year old from Rio de Janeiro offered insight into what Melo, 22, can expect as a Brazilian athlete playing in Boston.

"I'm sure he's learned his way a little bit by playing in the U.S. for a while (Melo attended Syracuse University), but Americans like hard-nosed athletes that work hard," Feilhaber said. "Typically in Brazil a lot of things that are really looked for are technical ability and skill, and you can get away with being really skillful and potentially not working hard. Here, it's not so much like that. You really have to commit full go, and I'm sure he's learned that by now if he's made it to the NBA and done so well in the NCAA. Work hard, keep your nose down, and don't let anything really get to you. Just keep going."

Melo played soccer until in his teenage years before switching to basketball. He moved from his hometown of Juiz de Fora to attend high school in Weston, Florida at the age of 17. His favorite sports organization, though, is still the Brazilian soccer club Flamengo. Feilhaber understands the passion of fans in Brazil and, after attending several Celtics games over the years, believes Melo will enjoy playing in the TD Garden.

"Being a soccer player, I'm probably biased in the sense that there are no fans like soccer fans," Feilhaber said. "In Brazil, everybody lives soccer. That's their religion, really. But Boston Celtics fans are unbelievable. They pack the arena every night so he'll get used to that pretty quickly. It's an awesome environment there."

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.