Gershon Koffie

Gershon Koffie
Gershon Koffie
Gershon Koffie
Midfielder
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Real Name: Gershon Koffie
HT: 6' 0" WT: 180
Pronunciation: GUR-shin KOE-fee
Age: 26 (08/25/1991)
Birthplace: Koforidua, Ghana
Hometown: Koforidua

AT A GLANCE:            

  • A seven-year MLS veteran with 178 appearances with Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the New England Revolution.
  • Appeared in 22 matches in first season with the Revs (2016), contributing a career-high four assists.
  • Began MLS career with Whitecaps FC in the club’s inaugural campaign in 2011; currently ranks third on the club’s all-time appearances list with 133.
  • First identified by current Revolution interim head coach and former Whitecaps FC Director of Soccer Operations Tom Soehn at a youth tournament in Ghana.
  • Played overseas with Randers FC (Denmark), Hammarby IF (Sweden), and International Allies reserve team (Ghana) prior to joining Whitecaps FC.

MLS CAREER: A box-to-box midfielder with seven years of experience including two years with New England…Played first five seasons with Vancouver Whitecaps FC, where he ranks third for all-time appearances (133)…Logged more than 2,000 minutes in three of five campaigns with Vancouver…Has totaled 178 appearances, 156 starts, nine goals, 11 assists, 165 shots, and 43 shots on goal…Owns three career postseason starts…In 2017, appeared in 23 games with 21starts…In first season with New England in 2016, appeared in 22 games, starting 19, and contributed a career-high four assists…Made 28 appearances for Vancouver in 2015 and tallied one goal with one assist…In 2014, started 17 of 21 appearances and finished with one goal and one assist…Played in 26 games, starting 21, in 2013 and set a career best with three assists…Played in 29 games in 2012, starting 28 times…Joined Whitecaps FC ahead of the club’s inaugural MLS season in 2011…Played in 29 games, starting 28, and scored one goal.

2017: Re-acquired by the Revolution on loan from Hammarby on May 8…Appeared in three games for Hammarby, including two starts as a defensive midfielder…Through July, made 10 appearances and nine starts for New England…Made season debut on May 21 and has started every game since…(5/21) vs. CLB: Made season debut as a halftime substitute and played 45 minutes in a 2-1 win…(5/31) at NYC: Started and recorded one shot in 67 minutes in a 2-2 draw…(6/3) vs. TOR: Started and tied Revolution career high with three shots in the 3-0 win…(7/29) vs. PHI: Started ninth consecutive league match and played 90 minutes in the clean sheet victory…(9/2) vs. ORL: Started and played 90 minutes in 4-0 victory…(9/9) vs. MTL: Started and played 90 minutes in 150th career MLS start in 1-0 win…(9/16) at SKC: Started and played 90 minutes and drew six fouls in 3-1 loss…(9/27) at ORL: Made 175th career MLS appearance and second substitute appearance of season, playing 45 minutes in 6-1 loss… (10/22) at MTL: Made 23rd consecutive appearance to conclude the 2017 season in 3-2 triumph.

2016: Acquired by New England via trade with Vancouver on Feb. 21…Appeared in 22 games, made 19 starts, and tallied career-high four assists in debut season with the Revolution...Started in the U.S. Open Cup Semifinal win over the Chicago Fire on Aug. 9…(3/6) at HOU: Made debut with the Revolution…Started and played 90 minutes in the 3-3 draw…(4/9) vs. TOR: Recorded first assist with the Revolution on Kelyn Rowe’s goal in the 1-1 draw…Named to MLSsoccer.com’s Team of the Week following the match…(4/17) at ORL: Registered another assist, giving him assists in a back-to-back games for first time in MLS career…(5/8) at LA: Notched third assist of the season, tying previous single-season record of three assists…(5/21) vs. DAL: Left match after 28 minutes due to a knee injury…(7/23) vs. CHI: Made first appearance since suffering knee injury on May 21, playing two minutes as a substitute…(8/13) vs. PHI: Suspended for the match due to yellow card accumulation…(8/20) vs. CLB: Returned to the starting lineup and played 68 minutes…(8/24) at SJ: Made 150th career MLS appearance…(9/3) vs. COL: Recorded fourth assist of season, setting a new single-season career high…(9/10) vs. NYC: Named to Team of the Week following 3-1 win.

2015 (w/ Vancouver Whitecaps FC): Made 28 appearances, including 22 starts, as a central midfielder…Recorded one goal and one assist…(5/30) vs. RSL: Tallied lone goal of the season, which was voted as the 2015 Whitecaps FC Goal of the Year, in a 2-1 victory...(10/25) vs. HOU: Registered first and only assist of the season in regular season finale, a 3-0 win…Postseason: (11/1) at POR: Played 63 minutes in the first leg of the Western Conference Semifinal Series…Recorded two shots with one shot on goal…(11/8) vs. POR: Started and played 63 minutes in the second leg of the semifinals.

2014 (w/ Vancouver Whitecaps FC): Appeared in 21 regular season games, including 17 starts, and tallied one goal and one assist…(5/24) vs. SEA: Scored only goal of the season and recorded career highs in shots (seven) and shots on goal (three) in a 2-2 draw…(7/24) vs. DAL: Recorded lone assist of the season in a 2-2 draw...(8/10) vs. SKC: Drew a career-high seven fouls in the 2-0 win…Postseason: (10/29) at DAL: Started and played 87 minutes in Vancouver’s Western Conference Knockout Round match.

2013 (w/ Vancouver Whitecaps FC): Made 26 appearances, including 21 starts, and tied career high with three goals…Posted a then-career-best three assists…Made one appearance for the reserve team…(3/2) vs. TOR: Opened 2013 account with a game-winning goal in Vancouver’s season opener, a 1-0 victory...(5/11) vs. LA: Recorded first multi-assist game of career with two helpers in a 3-1 win…(5/18) vs. POR: Notched second goal of the season in a 2-2 draw...(7/6) vs. SEA: Contributed to 2-0 victory by picking up third assist of the year...(9/1) vs. CHV: Scored final goal of the season in a 2-2 draw.

2012 (w/ Vancouver Whitecaps FC): Appeared in 29 regular season games, including 28 starts, and ranked third on the club in minutes played with 2,503...Helped lead Vancouver to the club’s first ever appearance in the MLS Cup Playoffs…Posted career highs in shots (39), shots on goal (11), and goals (three) over the course of the season…Spent time in the MLS Reserve League…(5/5) vs. SJ: Scored first goal of the season in a 2-1 win…(6/10) vs. HOU: Distributed first assist of the campaign in a 3-1 win…Recording two shots…(7/17) vs. LA: Picked up the second tally of the season in a 2-2 draw…(10/3) vs. CHV: Scored third goal of the season in the 4-0 win…Postseason: (11/1) at LA: Started, played 90 minutes, and recorded a shot in Whitecaps FC’s first-ever MLS Cup Playoff appearance, a 2-1 loss to LA Galaxy.

2011 (w/ Vancouver Whitecaps FC): Made 29 appearances and 28 starts for Whitecaps FC in the club’s inaugural MLS season…Ranked second on team for both  appearances (20) and  minutes played (2,467)…Named Vancouver’s Most Promising Player following the 2011 season…(3/19) vs. TOR: Started and played 90 minutes in MLS debut and Whitecaps FC’s first ever League match, a 4-2 win…(8/7) vs. CHI: Opened MLS scoring account with a goal in a 4-2 win.

CLUB CAREER OUTSIDE OF MLS: Played club soccer in Ghana (2006-09), Sweden (2009), Denmark (2009-10), the United States Soccer Federation Division-2 Professional League, and a second spell in Sweden (2017)…Began professional career in Ghana’s third-tier Division Two League with the reserve side of International Allies FC, a club based in the southeast Ghanaian town of Ho…Played for the team from 2006-09…Registered 28 goals in four seasons with the club, which plays in the Greater Accra Regional Football Association zone of the Division Two League…Spent the first half of 2009 with Swedish club Hammarby IF in the country’s top-division Allsvenskan…Trained with Hammarby from February to August 2009 before earning a trial with Randers FC in Denmark…Spent part of the 2009-10 season in the Danish SuperLiga on an extended trial with Randers FC…Made North American debut on Sept. 5, 2010 with Whitecaps FC, starting in a home draw against the Puerto Rico Islanders…Rejoined Hammarby prior to the 2017 season…Made three appearances across all competitions, starting two games as a defensive midfielder before returning to New England on loan in May 2017.

NATIONAL TEAM (GHANA): Joined Ghana's U-20 national team for a training camp in July 2010…Named to the U-20 team’s 26-player squad for the 2011 African Youth Championship in Johannesburg, South Africa…Earned first call up at senior level in 2017 for two friendlies against Mexico on June 28 and the United States on July 1…Was available on the bench, but did not play in either match.

PERSONAL: Born in the Ghanaian city of Koforidua…Hometown is the country's capital, Accra…Attended Kaneshie Methodist Junior Secondary School in Accra and later went to Pope John Secondary School in Koforidua…First identified by current Revolution assistant coach and former Whitecaps FC Director of Soccer Operations Tom Soehn at a youth tournament in Ghana…Fluent in English and two native Ghanaian languages - Ga and Twi…Enjoys listening to hiplife, hip hop, and reggae music…Enjoys reading and watching movies in spare time…Favorite soccer teams are English Premier League giants Arsenal FC and the Brazilian national team, and an admirer of former French star and current Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane…Received Canadian Permanent Residency in 2013… Parents are Jemima Brock and George Koffie…Has two sisters, Rita and Selina.


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Stats

MLS
Career Statistics (Regular Season)
YearClubGPGSGMINSASHTSSOGFCOFFYR
2017New England Revolution232101920016239030
2016New England Revolution221901545418538081
2015Vancouver Whitecaps FC282212001113251070
2014Vancouver Whitecaps FC211711541120536040
2013Vancouver Whitecaps FC262131911325933160
2012Vancouver Whitecaps FC2928325032391159190
2011Vancouver Whitecaps FC292812467034958031
Career Totals-17815691388811165433142402
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