By Danny Picard
FOXBORO -- Monarcas Morelia got revenge on the New England Revolution, Wednesday night, and left Gillette Stadium as SuperLiga champions, thanks to a 2-1 win over the Revs that certainly didn't lack second-half drama.
After a scoreless first half, Morelia took a 2-0 lead on a pair of goals from forward Miguel Sabah in the 63rd and 75th minutes.
Sabah scored his first on a penalty kick, after Revs defender Darrius Barnes pulled down Sabah in the box. Twelve minutes later, Sabah added another, putting away a rocket from 25 yards out.
The Revolution cut the lead to 2-1 in the 79th minute, thanks to Kevin Alston's first career professional goal, but it wasn't enough.
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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.