Revs return to MLS play after SuperLiga success

Revs return to MLS play after SuperLiga success

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

After 10 days off, the New England Revolution will get back to work when they travel to Philadelphia to face the Union on Saturday afternoon. It marks the Revs first league match since a 2-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy back on July 10 at Gillette Stadium.

The Revolution have been more recently involved in SuperLiga 2010, where they won all three of their group stage matches. Following Saturdays MLS match with Philadelphia, New England will host a SuperLiga 2010 semifinals match with Puebla FC on Wednesday at Gillette Stadium.

But with regards to the league standings, Saturdays match means more than any SuperLiga match. And the standings are something these Revs should be most concerned about.

Entering Saturdays match with the Union, the Revolution stand in seventh place (out of eight) in the Eastern Conference, with a 4-9-2 record (14 points). The Union are tied with the Revs in points, but Philadelphia has played one less game and holds a 4-8-2 record.

New England is looking to ride a four-game winning streak (including their three SuperLiga victories) into Philly by relying on strong finishes from Marko Perovic, and continuing their shutdown defense.

Perovic has provided three goals in the last four games, and havent allowed a goal since July 2. The return of veteran defender Cory Gibbs (left quad strain) should certainly make New Englands solid defense even stronger.

Just four days after releasing 24-year-old midfielder Michael Videira, the Revolution announced on Friday that theyve signed Serbian forward Ilija Stolica and Brazilian forwardmidfielder Roberto Linck.

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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.