Revs' win 'all about heart'

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Revs' win 'all about heart'

FOXBORO -- It took one of the hottest teams in the league. That's it.
The Columbus Crew entered Gillette Stadium on Wednesday night having won four straight games and they hadn't lost in six.
The New England Revolution, on the other hand, were desperately looking to snap a 10-game winless skid in which they had an 0-7-3 record.
And on Wednesday night, the Revs did just that, defeating the Crew 2-0.
"It was a good result for us," said a somewhat relieved Revolution coach Jay Heaps after the win. "It was nice to kind of end this unbeaten streak, to be honest with you. It was just a tough road, but I think the guys came out tonight and played really well. We showed a lot of heart."
At the end of the day, that's all this one was about. It was about heart. And the Revolution had it throughout the game.
"There wasn't much more than a lot of guys playing with a lot of heart, and knowing that it's not easy to go out there when you've had the run we've been on, and the luck that hasn't gone our way," said Heaps. "I was really happy with the way the guys showed up tonight."
Dimitry Imbongo put New England up 1-0 in the 53rd minute when he put home a loose ball into an open net as a Diego Fagundez shot off the right post bounced out front.
"I thought Imbongo was excellent tonight," said Heaps. "He worked hard, he battled Chad Marshall who is, arguably, one of the best center backs in the league and the best player in the air. And I thought Dimitry just absolutely met him, challenge for challenge and step for step. It was a really good game for Imbongo."
Marshall gave the Revs a 2-0 lead, yes, Marshall. He headed an own-goal over Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum's head and into his own net in the 74th minute.
It was just another sign of New England's gritty game plan taking shape.
"Columbus is a rhythm team, and we never really let them get into a rhythm, and that was important," said Heaps. "I've preached it the whole time, it starts with our forwards, and how they play, defensively, and they really worked hard. That kind of sets the tone for the rest of the group."
But again, mostly, this one was about heart. And having not tasted history since July 8, the Revolution simply just out-worked the Crew all game long.
"That's what it's all about, back to basics," said Chris Tierney. "We've got to grind it out at this point. First and foremost, win the physical battles, win the one-on-one matchups, be tough to play against. It wasn't always the prettiest tonight, but we'll take ugly and a win over playing pretty soccer and losing games.
"It's a monkey off our back," added Tierney. "That was definitely weighing us down. We know we're a better team and are capable of being much higher on the table and picking up more points than we have thus far. So, it feels good to prove yourself again against a good team in Columbus."

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.