FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution today announced the acquisition of midfielder Gershon Koffie from Vancouver Whitecaps FC in exchange for general allocation money and targeted allocation money (TAM). As part of the trade, Vancouver will receive a percentage of any future transfer fees obtained by New England. Koffie is expected to join the club in Tucson for preseason.
“Gershon is a strong central midfield player who, at just 24, has proven success and experience in MLS,” said Revolution General Manger Michael Burns. “We’re pleased we were able to acquire him and we look forward to getting him into camp with the rest of our players and coaching staff as soon as possible.”
Koffie, 24, will join the Revolution following his fifth season with Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Having been with Vancouver since its inaugural MLS season in 2011, Koffie holds the club’s career record for most regular season appearances with 133. The midfielder recorded 28 appearances including 22 starts during the 2015 MLS regular season, also starting both legs of the club’s Western Conference Semifinal tie with the Portland Timbers. The Ghanaian native finished second in tackles won among Whitecaps players with 54, and his 2,001 minutes logged ranked sixth on the team. Koffie has been a fixture in Whitecaps FCs’ lineup, logging at least 2,000 minutes in three of his five seasons. In total, he has logged 10,423 minutes, nine goals and seven assists in 133 appearances in MLS regular season play.
- Record for most regular season appearances for Vancouver Whitecaps FC
- Awarded 2015 Whitecaps FC Goal of the Year (WATCH HERE)
- Only player to make at least 20 appearances in each of Vancouver’s five MLS seasons
Prior to joining Vancouver’s MLS side, Koffie played briefly for Whitecaps FC in 2010 in the now defunct United States Soccer Federation Division 2 Professional League, making two appearances. Before his time in North America, Koffie played four full seasons with International Allies, who then competed in Ghana’s third-tier Division Two League from 2006-09.
Koffie represented Ghana internationally at the U-20 level, earning two caps in 2011.
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TRANSACTION: New England Revolution acquire Gershon Koffie in exchange for general allocation money and targeted allocation money. As part of the trade, Vancouver will receive a percentage of any future transfer fees obtained by New England.
Name: Gershon Koffie (GUR-shin KOE-fee)
Hometown: Accra, Ghana
Date of Birth: August 25, 1991 (Koforidua, Ghana)
Last Club: Vancouver Whitecaps FC