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Revs Acquire Koffie from VWFC for Allocation Funds

Photo credit: Chris Aduama/

Photo credit: Chris Aduama/

Days after learning that designated player Xavier Kouassi could potentially miss the 2016 season with an ACL injury, the Revolution acquire central midfielder Gershon Koffie from the Vancouver Whitecaps for general allocation money and targeted allocation money (TAM).

Koffie, 24, has played in a club-record 136 games for the Whitecaps between 2011 and 2015, scoring nine goals and adding seven assists. He is coming off a 2015 campaign in which he played in 28 games while collecting a goal and an assist. As part of the trade, Vancouver will receive a percentage of any future transfer fees obtained by New England.

The Ghana international will join the squad in Tucson, Ariz. next week, where the Revolution will participate in the Desert Diamond Cup preseason tournament. He will battle fellow ex-Whitecaps midfielder Daigo Kobayashi for the slot next to Scott Caldwell, which has been vacant since the expiration of Jermaine Jones’ contract in December.

With Koffie on board, the Revolution now have 21 players under contract in preseason camp.

The Revolution have been regular trading partners with the Whitecaps in recent years. In 2013, the Revolution acquired backup keeper Brad Knighton from Vancouver for a fourth-round pick while Kobayashi was added in a move that sent a third-round pick to the Western Conference club in 2014.

Additionally, the Revolution sent an international roster spot to the Whitecaps in exchange for allocation money in 2015.

Revolution assistant coach Tom Soehn served as Whitecaps head coach and director of soccer operations prior to landing in Foxborough in 2014.

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