By Danny Picard
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FOXBORO -- After a scoreless first half in which the New England Revolution didn't look out of place while on the same field as English Premier League powerhouse Manchester United, the Revs allowed four second-half goals and got toyed with at the end, losing 4-1 in Wednesday night's friendly at Gillette Stadium.
Kenny Mansally scored New England's only goal of the game, after he re-directed a Benny Feilhaber free kick from the top of the box in the 56th minute. It cut Manchester United's lead to 2-1, after Michael Owen and Federico Macheda scored a pair of goals in the 51st and 54th minutes.
Macheda's second goal of the game came in the 61st minute, and Ji-Sung Park finished a beautiful bing-bang-boom give-and-go down the left wing to make it 4-1.
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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.