By Danny Picard
To say its been a long season for the New England Revolution is an understatement. And last Saturdays 2-2 draw with the Columbus Crew sealed the deal on what seemed like an inevitable conclusion to the Revs season. In other words, the Revolution have been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.
It marks the first time since 2001, that New England will not be a part of the MLS Cup Playoffs, snapping a streak of eight consecutive postseason appearances for the organization.
So now, the Revs have four regular-season games left; four games in which you can bet heavily on coach Steve Nicol testing out new strategies in preparation for the 2011 season.
And that road to 2011 officially begins on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium, as the Revolution host Real Salt Lake in their second-to-last home game of the year.
Real Salt Lake enters the game as the second-place team in the Western Conference, with 48 points. And in case youre taking tabs, the Revs enter the game as the seventh-place team (out of eight) in the Eastern Conference, with 26 points.
New England finishes the regular season with games at Houston, against Kansas City at home, and in New York.
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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.