Revs look to right ship at home versus Kansas City

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Revs look to right ship at home versus Kansas City

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO After beginning the season with at least one point in each of their first four games, the New England Revolution are currently looking at a two-game losing skid, and are winless in their last four matches.

Theyll try to snap that streak on Saturday night when they return home to host Sporting Kansas City at Gillette Stadium.

New England is coming off a 1-0 loss in Houston last weekend, a game in which the Revs were without captain Shalrie Joseph and midfielder Pat Phelan, thanks to straight red cards in their previous game, a 2-0 loss to Real Salt Lake.

But Joseph and Phelan return on Saturday night against Kansas City. And Revolution coach Steve Nicol hopes theyll also be playing with newly acquired midfielder Benny Feilhaber, who signed with the team on Wednesday.

Nicol said after Wednesdays practice that he hopes to get Feilhaber into the starting lineup as soon as possible, which would help the Revs get back on track.

Some of the problems we had last year were a lack of experience and passing the ball, Nicol said after Wednesdays practice. Hes a guy who, without a shadow of a doubt brings loads and loads of both. It makes sense.

Feilhabers veteran presence will start what Nicol calls a healthy competition in the Revs midfield. But the main focus this week was creating chances, in an effort to break the teams two-game scoreless drought.

The big thing for us is, we need to make chances, Nicol said. Were not going to win games, unless we make chances. And that means we have to be in the opposing penalty, to be able to get those chances. Thats really what were looking at.

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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.