Starting with Saturday's match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the New England Revolution will play seven of nine at Gillette Stadium, after beginning the season playing six of their first nine on the road.
The Revs are coming off a disappointing 2-1 loss at Real Salt Lake, and are currently in sixth place (out of 10) in the Eastern Conference with nine points and a 3-6 record.
They are 2-1 at home, so a solid stretch of games at Gillette Stadium could be exactly what the Revolution need to get back on track.
The Whitecaps are coming off three straight wins, and are the fourth-place team in the Western Conference with 17 points and a 5-2-2 record.
--New England will be without Jose Moreno (calf), Flo Lechner (metatarsal fracture), Sainey Nyassi (hamstring), Jeremiah White (concussion), and Zak Boggs (ankle). Kelyn Rowe (hamstring) is doubtful, and Ryan Guy (calf) is questionable.
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.