Revs-Fire preview: Revs look to spark offense

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Revs-Fire preview: Revs look to spark offense

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Follow @dannypicard
FOXBOROUGH, Mass -- Call it the battle to get out of the basement, if you want. But Saturdays match between the New England Revolution and Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium does have plenty of meaning.

Both teams have 14 points, and are tied for second-to-last place in the Eastern Conference.

In order to leap-frog the Fire, the Revolution realize that they have to start scoring goals. Its the teams main flaw at this point of the season, and with only two goals in their last five games, its put them in a five-game winless skid.

After losing four straight MLS matches, the Revs played to a scoreless draw on Wednesday night against Toronto FC. The realize what they have to do, in order to get the full three points, something they havent had since May 14.

Were not blind, we know we have to score goals, said Revolution coach Steve Nicol. The last three games, weve made chances. We just need to take that extra step and finish them. If we do that, then well get the three points.

-- Midfielder Benny Feilhaber missed the last three games with a right ankle sprain, but will be available to come off the bench on Saturday night against the Fire. Feilhaber returned to training late in the week, and will need more time to condition, before he is inserted back into the Revolution starting lineup.

-- Defender Ryan Cochrane (hamstring strain) left Wednesdays draw in the second half, and will not be available against the Fire on Saturday.

-- Midfielder Zak Boggs (MCL sprain) was listed as doubtful on the teams injury report Friday.

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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.