FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Gershon Koffie has found a new home with the New England Revolution. Now the 24-year-old midfielder just needs to find an actual home in New England.
Acquired from the Vancouver Whitecaps one month ago after spending six years in the Pacific Northwest, Koffie has spent most of his Revolution tenure on the road, splitting his time between Tucson for preseason and Houston for the season opener. That hasn’t left much time for apartment hunting.
Koffie’s still living out of a hotel for now, but he’s inching closer to finding a place to call his own.
“I’m still looking, but soon I’m going to get a place,” Koffie said on Tuesday morning. “I’ve got a couple places (I’m looking at), but I’m just going to make sure it’s a good spot.”
Koffie may still need to confirm that his new apartment is “a good spot,” but he already knows that New England is a perfect fit. Familiar faces have helped him settle – Revs assistant coach Tom Soehn scouted and signed him for Vancouver, and he can count Lee Nguyen, Daigo Kobayashi and Brad Knighton among his former Whitecaps teammates – but he’s found the entire locker room to be welcoming.
“It’s great. It’s a good group of guys,” Koffie said when asked about his first month with the Revs. “For me, it’s just a continuation from Vancouver because it’s pretty much the same. The guys in the locker room are fantastic. I’m very excited to work with them.”
Part of Koffie’s ease of transition is due to his own infectious personality, but his comments echo a sentiment often shared by many in the locker room; this is a tight-knit group, a family.
With just 173 minutes of regular-season, on-field action under his belt, relationships are still developing for Koffie. He’s played alongside both Scott Caldwell and Kelyn Rowe in central midfield, and those partnerships will continue to grow with more training sessions and more games.
But according to Koffie, on-field relationships are secondary. It’s the off-the-field relationships that are most important, and in that regard, he’s already well on his way to making a new home.
“I think off the field matters most,” Koffie said. “On the field, of course you’re going to talk to your teammates. But when we’re not playing, that’s when you have to get the relationships right, and they’ve got everything in this locker room about that off the field.”