By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO Believe it or not, the last-place New England Revolution have not been officially eliminated from a potential playoff berth, even with just five games left in the regular season.
Two of those five games are on the road, including Sunday nights match with the Fire in Chicago. So while the Revs are barely holding on to their postseason hopes, they will unfortunately have to face a team that they havent beat in their last nine regular season games.
At 5-12-12, New England could be officially eliminated on Sunday, with a loss to the Fire combined with either a Portland Timbers win over the New York Red Bulls, a Philadelphia Union win or draw against Sporting Kansas City (they played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday), or a Houston Dynamo win or draw against FC Dallas.
New Englands remaining four games after Sunday night will be against the Seattle Sounders, the San Jose Earthquakes, the Columbus Crew all at Gillette Stadium while the final game of the regular season is in Canada against Toronto FC.
But the Revs must take it one game at a time from here on out, and that begins Sunday in Chicago.
Theyll be without Rajko Lekic (ankle), Stephen McCarthy (shoulder), Sainey Nyassi (hamstring), A.J. Soares (adductor) on Sunday against the Fire, while Monsef Zerka (quadriceps) is doubtful.
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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.