The New Revolution and Sporting Kansas City met in what was both teams' first preseason action on Friday morning, and played to a scoreless draw in Casa Grande, Arizona.
The Revs opened their preseason camp last week and used the game as a chance to see their new players in action. The game format consisted of three 30-minute periods, allowing both teams an opportunity to focus on conditioning and tactics.
New England opened each period with three distinctly difference lineups, and made an effort to see as many of their players in as many situations as possible.
Midfielder Kelyn Rowe had the games first chance within the first 10 minutes of action, forcing Sporting KC keeper Jimmy Nielsen into a low save to his left. New England's Diego Fagundez had a chance in the 55th minute, breaking in on back-up goalkeeper Erik Kronberg.
The Revs will play their next preseason friendly on Tuesday, Jan. 29, when they face Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Grande Sports World.
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.