Revs prepare for expansion Timbers

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Revs prepare for expansion Timbers

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

Saturdays match between the New England Revolution and the Portland Timbers will be a tale of two stories.

The Revs enter the game unbeaten through their first two contests, with a 1-0-1 record, and are in a three-way tie for second place in the Eastern Conference, with the Chicago Fire and the New York Red Bulls. Each team has four points.

The Timbers, on the other hand, enter Saturday nights match winless through their first two games, and are tied with Chivas USA for last place in the Western Conference. They are the only two teams in the MLS that have zero points.

Portland is an expansion team. New England is an improving team. Saturday will be the first time these two organizations meet.

That bodes well for the Revolution, because since the MLS got serious about expansion in 2005, the Revs are 5-0-2 in their first meetings with expansion teams. They outscored their expansion opponents 14-3 in those seven matches.

--New England will be without defender Franco Coria (hamstring), and midfielders
Ousmane Dabo (quadriceps) and Marko Perovic (hamstring).

Perovic trained at one point during the week, but Revolution coach Steve Nicol said
its unlikely that hell play against Portland on Saturday.

--The Revolution announced Thursday that they have signed defender Otto Loewy. He is a permanent U.S. Resident and will count as a domestic player on the roster. He will join the team following next weeks trip to Vancouver.

The Revs also announced on Thursday that they have waived second-year defender Seth Sinovic.

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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.