Revs leave points on the field

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Revs leave points on the field

FOXBORO -- Jay Heaps acknowledged that his team did not bring its best game on Saturday night. But the New England Revolution will take the one point in their scoreless draw with the Columbus Crew at Gillette Stadium.

It marks the Revs' second straight MLS shutout, an achievement that New England's defense is thrilled to build upon.

"The key is that we fought hard, and we didn't give anything away," said Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis after the tie. "There's going to be games like that."

Another shutout is huge for the confidence of their defense, but everyone inside the Revolution locker room will walk away from Saturday night's scoreless draw while feeling like there were a few goals left out on the field that could have led to three points, instead of just one.

"It's just another one of those games where it's another step for us," said Heaps. "It was a good shutout for us. We defended well at times. We got loose a little bit in the game, but overall, we had some good chances and I thought their goalkeeper literally kept them in this game all night.

"We wanted to win this game," Heaps later added. "Unfortunately, we hit the cross-bar, we missed a couple chances inside the six."

The biggest and perhaps their best chance came just 30 seconds into the match, as Benny Feilhaber had a wide-open look from the left post, inside the box. But his shot missed the net, wide right.

Everyone seemed to agree that that should have been the difference-maker.

"If that goes in, it's a different game," said Heaps.

"I don't think they touched the ball before I had that chance," said Feilhaber. "I think that was in 30 seconds or less. If I put that in the back of the net, it's a different game completely. I wish I could have had it back, but we had some other chances in the first half to kind of take the 1-0 lead."

Still, the Revs will take the point, and will try to carry their strong defensive performance into their next game, next Saturday night in Toronto.

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.