Revs look to turn up offense in Dallas

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Revs look to turn up offense in Dallas

By DannyPicard
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO The New England Revolution travel to Texas to take on FC Dallas on Saturday night, and theyll do so knowing that their defense has been pretty good in league competition as of late.

But their offense? Not so much.

The Revolutions 10 goals scored through 12 regular season games is tied for the lowest total in the MLS, with Real Salt Lake.

That number will have to improve if they want to get back in the win column on Saturday, after dropping their last two MLS matches.

But the key on Saturday isnt just scoring. Its scoring first.

Goals, creating chances, and keeping the ball, possessing the ball well, said Revolution captain Shalrie Joseph. I think its just creating more chances and getting that first goal. If we do, its going to help our confidence.

As you saw earlier in the season, when we scored first, we were such a better team. We were a more confident team, and we played better. So if we can get that first one, its going to help us to relax and be a little bit better with the ball.

The Revs will be without one of their best players in Benny Feilhaber, for a few weeks. Feilhaber sprained his right ankle last Saturday night, and according to coach Steve Nicol, will not be available for this weekend or the following weekend, or the following weekend, definitely.

Obviously he has qualities that not too many have, said Nicol on Thursday. But well compensate for that in other ways.

One way theyve tried to compensate is by testing themselves with mother nature. Knowing that it will be extremely hot in Dallas on Saturday, the Revs have been training extra hard this week, and in a sense, simulating their efforts in rough weather conditions.

Nicol has been pushing us this week in practice, and has made practice go a little bit longer, telling guys to stay concentrated, said Joseph. Because we know its going to be hot down there.

What they dont know, is if their scoring touch will remain on a cold streak. And unfortunately for the Revolution, finishing in a game is not something you can simulate at practice.

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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.