By Danny Picard
The New England Revolution open the 2011 regular season on Sunday night, when they travel to Los Angeles to face the Galaxy at 8 p.m.
Steve Nicols squad is anxious to begin their new schedule, after missing out on the playoffs last year, for the first time since 2001. The Revs also look to begin this season differently than last, when they lost to the Galaxy in the 2010 season opener, 1-0, in Los Angeles.
The Galaxy have already opened their season with a 1-0 win last Sunday against the Sounders, in Seattle.
New England is looking to improve on both the offensive and defensive ends this season. But in Sundays season opener, the Revs coach wants his team to attack-first, and believes the rest of their game will come.
We think we have a fairly positive way of playing on Sunday, said Nicol. We dont
want to go there and defend. We want to go there and try to put some pressure on them, worry about ourselves and get ourselves playing.
After Sunday, the Revolution return home next Saturday to host D.C. United at Gillette
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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.