Farewell Gershon KoffieFebruary 12, 2016 at 11:30 pm | Posted in Vancouver Whitecaps, Vancouver Whitecaps 2016 | Leave a comment
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Oh, what a sad day. The player we loved and who loved us back, Gershon Koffie, has been traded away to the New England Revolution. Koffie was getting towards the end of his contract and the Whitecaps had to mitigate the risk of losing a player they had developed since he was 18 for free.
Koffie, a Ghanaian by birth, was scouted by Tommy Soehn back when the Whitecaps were in the USL. It was the best thing Soehn ever did for out club. Koffie joined up during the last year at Swangard in 2010 and was the longest serving Whitecaps player of the MLS era. He distinguished himself early by scoring a key playoff goal during a two leg quarter final against the Portland Timbers in the final year of USL play.
Koffie started the first MLS game at Empire field and wowed the crowd with a mature performance in a delerious 4-2 win over Toronto FC. Koffie became a fixture of that year’s team. Koffie had a very good ability to “ride” a tackle and come up with the ball; sometimes it seemed as though the ball was tied to his foot with a string. Over his time here Koffie tended to be good at tackling and defensive midfield tasks, but his play going forward was lacking. He typically scored one or two goals a year and notched only a couple of assists.
What Koffie failed to do in recent years was to establish himself as an undoubted starter for the Whitecaps in the manner of a Kendall Waston or a Mathias Laba. His inclusion in coach Carl Robinson’s side was never an absolute certainty due to a close rivalry with Canadian Russell Teibert.
This is what Koffie must do in the future if he is to become a truly good player; he must take all doubt out of the mind of his coach that he should start a match.
Koffie will always be in the hearts of Vancouver Whitecaps fans, and he is sure to recieve a warm welcome whenever he comes back. There had been a suggestion that he would play for Canada, but with only one more year on his MLS contract he is more than likely to go overseas and try his luck playing there. I doubt we will see him in a Canadian jersey which is real shame.
With heavy hearts, all we can do is say “all the best” to one of the players we loved the most. Goodbye, Gersh.