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Welcome to New England, Benjamin Angoua!

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Benjamin Angoua

Honestly, in the age of the interwebs why do clubs even try to keep their signings secret?  I understand if the player isn’t under contract yet, but barring that, what’s the point?!

Well, setting that topic aside, multiple sources are now reporting that the second center back to be signed by the Revs and revealed next week (cough cough) is Ivorian international Benjamin Angoua.

Angou, 30, can play in both the center of defense and as a defensive midfielder and joins the Revolution from Ligue 1 side En Avant de Guingamp.  Unfortunately, Agoua does not seem to have been good enough to be a first team regular at Guingamp, appearing in only 46 of a possible 97 matches since joining the club for the 2014-2015 season.

Prior to joining Guingamp Angoua was at Valenciennes FC (then in Ligue 1) where the story was much the same- in fives seasons there he played in 106 of 190 possible league matches and spent three short spells with the reserve side.  Prior to moving to France he played for Hungarian side Budapest Honved FC where he appeared in 96 of 165 possible matches.

So, he’s already 30, has either a) never been able to establish himself as a first team regular since coming to Europe, b) been frequently injured,* c) has had really bad luck, or d) a combination of all of the above.  On the positive side, he played for his country in the 2008 Olympics, two different Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, and in qualification matches for the 2014 World Cup, and he’s played in the Europa League for both Honved and Guingamp.

*I’ve done a bit more digging and uncovered some evidence of this:

  • He is currently out since the 14th of this month with a hip/thigh injury.
  • He was out from 3/20/16 to 4/7/16 with an unspecified injury.
  • He was out from 11/11/15 to 11/22/15 with an unspecified injury.
  • He was out from 2/19/14 to 4/5/14 with a knee injury.
  • He was out from 8/9/12 to 9/15/12 with a hip/thigh injury.

I’ve also discovered that in a roughly two and a half year span (11/4/12 through 4/10/15) he was suspended for either yellow card accumulation or straight red cards on eight occasions resulting him missing 8-10 days each time.  Two of these suspensions lasted much longer, though it appears one came over the winter break and the other over the close season so that may be misleading.  Still, a center back who is oft-injured and prone to red cards worries me.

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This entry was posted on January 25, 2017 by in Major League Soccer, New England Revolution, Transfers, Uncategorized.
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