FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution announced today that the club has 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 General Manager 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 Ivorian international also played with Budapest Honvéd (2006-10) in Hungary’s OTP Bank Liga, and Africa Sports (2004-06) in the Côte d'Ivoire 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 Côte d'Ivoire National Team.
TRANSACTION: New England Revolution acquire defender Benjamin Angoua using TAM on loan from EA Guingamp for the 2017 MLS season with an option to transfer permanently following the season on Jan. 26, 2017.
Name: Brou Benjamin Angoua
Hometown: Anyama, Côte d'Ivoire
Date of Birth: Nov. 28, 1986 (Anyama, Côte d'Ivoire)
Nationality: Côte d'Ivoire
Last Club: EA Guingamp