The Vancouver Whitecaps have confirmed midfielder Gershon Koffie has been dealt to the New England Revolution. The Whitecaps have received general and targeted allocation money from the Rev's in the deal. It's a tough blow for the fans, who have watched Koffie grow as a player over the years. He was part of the club's inagural 2011 season, and had even mentioned playing for Team Canada one day. That being said, the roster options his departure opens up, and the money the Whitecaps will get back will help soften the blow.
Here's Bob Lenarduzzi, from the Whitecaps official media release.
"Gersh has been a big part of the club's transition into MLS and the success we've had so far," added Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi. "It has been a pleasure to see him grow and mature since arriving in Vancouver as a 19-year-old. We are thankful for Gersh's contributions to this club and city, and wish him the best in New England."
Of course, Koffie had a few words of his own.
"Words cannot explain my love for Vancouver," said Koffie. "Vancouver has a room in my heart and it owns the key. I am thankful for all the time and support the fans, my teammates, coaches, support staff, and front office have provided over the last five plus years. I understand that this is a business and this move will make me stronger, will help me grow as a player and as a person. I am ready to embrace this new challenge and look forward to this new opportunity. I love you Vancouver."
Good luck in New England, Gershon.
New England is expected to reinforce central midfield options by acquiring Gershon Koffie from Vancouver, per league sources. #MLS— Kyle McCarthy (@kylejmccarthy) February 11, 2016
Marc Weber of The Province doesn't seem to be a fan of the move.
Very hard to see value in allocation, cap relief & avoiding possible contract snags. What's left is the loss of a very popular Whitecap /1— Marc Weber (@ProvinceWeber) February 11, 2016
Of course, the deal has yet to be confirmed by the club.
If true, the move is hardly surprising. The Whitecaps have been adding more depth to their midfield, they really seem to like Debyi Flores, and Koffie has long been rumored as the odd man out.
What do you think about the possibility of Koffie moving on?