The New England Revolution have announced that they have signed Agentinian central defender Franco Coria. Coria will fill one of the eight alloted international roster spots pending his apprioval for a U.S. P-1 Visa. The 22 year old defenseman played for Angentina's Club Chacarita Juniors BA since 2007. He played the majority of the past four season on the teams reserve side, but managed to make 18 appearances for their first team during his career there.The six foot, 170 lbs defender made eight appearances including one start during the 2008-09 season as Chacarita saw success in Argentinas Nacional B, winning promotion to the Primera Division for the 2009-10 season. Coria started five games during the teams one-year stay in the top division, taking the field as a substitute on three occasions.
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.