There’s a lot to like about Benjamin Angoua. In his debut MLS season, the center back has played with grit and intensity while filling multiple positions along the back line. His partnership with Antonio Delamea has helped reinvent a defense that allowed 54 goals last season.
But for Angoua, 2017 has also presented challenges. The Ivorian international showed rust early in the season and temporarily lost his starting spot to fourth round SuperDraft pick Joshua Smith. Angoua eventually earned his job back, yet poor discipline and concentration has marred the second half of his season. His late August performance against NYCFC highlights this struggle better than an other. In the second half, Jay Heaps had to remove a heated Angoua out of concern that his defender may pick up a red card after persistently protesting a foul call. At the time, the Revs held onto a one-goal advantage. The team squandered the lead after Angoua left the match.
All of this raises an important question: should the Revs sign Angoua, who’s on loan from French-side EA Guingamp though the end of the season, to a permanent contract? Or should the club move on?
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