FOXBORO -- After two big wins to end the month of March, the New England Revolution dropped two straight games, thanks to late goals against at the hands of FC Dallas on April 5, and D.C. United on April 14.
The Revs had a bye weekend last weekend, and haven't played since that April 14 loss to D.C. United. They'll get back to work on Saturday afternoon in a nationally-televised showdown in New York against the Red Bulls.
New England enters the match as the eighth-place team (out of 10) in the Eastern Conference with a 2-4-0 record, while New York stands in third place in the East with a 3-3-1 record.
After losing their first two games of the regular season, the Red Bulls went on to rattle off three straight wins, but enter Saturday's match coming off a tie and a loss.
If the Revs can get back in the win column on Saturday, they'll be just one point behind the Red Bulls in the standings.
New England will have to do that without Flo Lechner, Sainey Nyassi, Jeremiah White, and Zak Boggs, who have all been ruled out with injures. Ryan Guy and Blake Brettschneider are listed as questionable on the Revolution's injury report.
On a positive note for New England, captain Shalrie Joseph is eligible to return from his suspension.
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.