Revs searching for complete effort

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Revs searching for complete effort

FOXBORO -- The New England Revolution are happy with a shutout. But unless they combine that with some offense, the Revs aren't going to be snapping their 10-game winless skid anytime soon.

"Goalkeeper Matt Reis had a good game," said Revolution coach Jay Heaps afterwards. "Unfortunately, I don't think we created enough chances to win the game. But, on a positive note, we still got the shutout."

Saturday night's scoreless draw to the Philadelphia Union at Gillette Stadium was just another example of a "missing element" that's led New England to an 0-7-3 record in the last 10 matches, with its last win coming back on July 8.

In their latest draw, goalkeeping was the only element that wasn't missing, as Reis made seven saves in the shutout.

"He was our best player," said Heaps. "He made good saves. He came out for crosses and made some plays. It wasn't an easy night for him, and he did well."

"Matt bailed us out," said Revolution defender Darrius Barnes. "He's been bailing us out all year. He's come up with big saves, and that's what we expect from our veteran keeper."

But offense was lacking on Saturday night, as the Revs had only three shots on goal.

And it won't get any easier, offensively, for New England. It was announced before the game that the team's leading goal scorer -- Saer Sene -- would miss the rest of the season with a torn left ACL.

"Guys have to step up up," said Heaps. "This is a good opportunity for players.

"It's a tough blow, because it's an 11-goal season for him. It's an opportunity for others to step up, but it certainly is tough."

As for who steps up in Sene's absence, remains to be seen. But that someone will need to step up soon, and it will have to come without any other missing elements.

"This is hard," said Barnes. "We've got to piece together our defensive effort -- that we had tonight -- with our offensive effort we had for the past couple games. Hopefully we can try to put that together on Wednesday. I think Wednesday's definitely a must-win for us. We keep saying that, but we definitely have to try to get three points by whatever means necessary to go out there and take it. Whether it's pretty or ugly, we've got to try to get the ball in the back of the net and try to keep a clean sheet like we did tonight."

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.