Revs 'get what they deserved' in first loss

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Revs 'get what they deserved' in first loss

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO -- As if picking up their first loss of the season wasn't enough, the New England Revolution were not only defeated 2-0 by Real Salt lake on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium, but they also lost two of their key players to straight red cards in the process.

As a result of their second-half ejections for "serious foul plays", both captain Shalrie Joseph and midfielder Pat Phelan will be suspended for next Sunday's match in Houston, per MLS rules.

"It's tough to swallow," said Revolution coach Steve Nicol after Saturday night's loss. "We've lost Shalrie and Pat Phelan for next week.

"I don't think anybody went over the top, but certainly, guys were getting frustrated. At least we were frustrated. At least we showed something and showed we have passion, which is always good. But frustrating is the right word for the whole evening."

Both fouls were made after Real Salt Lake had taken a commanding 2-0 lead, thanks to goals from Chris Schuler in the 28th minute and Paulo Araujo Jr in the 47th minute.

Schuler made it 1-0 when he drove to the net, and headed a Collen Warner corner kick past Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth, who was rushing out to make a play on the high ball.

"The first one, I'm calling for, and I've got to get through the guys," said Shuttleworth after the game. "So the first one's definitely on me."

As for the second one, there wasn't much Shuttleworth could do, as Araujo Jr. came busting up the right wing on a breakaway. He received a perfect lead pass from Warner up the right sideline, and Araujo Jr. jumped up past Revs defender Franco Coria and finished the breakaway with a low kick to the short side.

"The second one, I know he's coming in," said Shuttleworth. "It's a tough goal. He can put it either way, so I just tried to stay up as long as I could, but he tucked it away pretty nice."

The Revs went into halftime trailing 1-0, so the score just two minutes into the second half wasn't easy to swallow.

"Obviously it's a back breaker for us," said Shuttleworth on the second goal. "Going in to the half 1-nil, and coming out, we're ready to attack and we want to go at them. Then that happens, and now you're trying to claw back two goals to get back into it. It's tough and it's hard to go from there."

Then, in the final 20 minutes, three red cards were dished out -- two to New England, and one to Salt Lake. Joseph received a straight red card for pointing his index finger in the face of Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman. Joseph was upset that Beckerman had pushed him off with an elbow moments earlier, and because Joseph's finger intentionally touched the face of Beckerman, the officials kicked him out of the game in the 70th minute.

In the 85th minute, Phelan was given a straight red card for sprinting in and sliding hard on a play inside Salt Lake's half of the field. Immediately after, the officials also gave Salt Lake's Will Johnson his second yellow card for his reaction to Phelan's tackle, thus, making it the game's third red card, which Nicol called "pretty incredible."

But red cards aside, Saturday's match was decided before all the chaos.

"There's no hiding behind anything, we weren't good," said Nicol. "The first half, we probably found they're men, more times than we found our own. And if you do that, I don't care who you're playing against, you're going to be in trouble.

"It's just unforgivable, sometimes the way we lost the ball tonight. So as much as we're shell-shocked with the red cards and everything that happened in the last 25, 30 minutes of the game, it doesn't hide the fact that we got what we deserved tonight."

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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.