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Indy Eleven Signs Ghanaian Midfielder Gershon Koffie

By Indy Eleven Communications, 01/29/21, 1:00PM EST

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Veteran Central Midfielder with 170+ MLS Appearances Reunites with Coach Martin Rennie in Indianapolis

Indy Eleven bolstered its midfield ahead of the 2021 season with today’s signing of Gershon Koffie. Terms of the contract that bring the 29-year-old Ghanaian midfielder to the Circle City will not be released, per club policy.

“I am appreciative of the opportunity with Indy Eleven and am happy to join the family and get to work in achieving our goals together,” said Koffie.

Fans can hear more reaction from Koffie when he joins host Greg Rakestraw on tomorrow morning’s edition of Soccer Saturday, airing live from 9:00-10:00 a.m. on 93.5/107.5 FM The Fan and 1075thefan.com. The episode will also be available this weekend on most popular podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify.

The Koffie signing brings the number of players confirmed to Indy Eleven’s 2021 roster to 13 – and that will grow on Saturday with the addition of another international player to the squad. The roster as it currently stands is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Jordan Farr*

Defenders: Rece Buckmaster, Neveal Hackshaw*, Karl Ouimette*, Jared Timmer

Midfielders: Ayoze (Garcia)*, Mitch Guitar*, Carl Haworth*, Gershon Koffie

Forwards: Manuel Arteaga, Cal Jennings, Nick Moon*, Josh Penn*

* returning players from 2020 roster

After beginning his professional career at the age of 15 in his native Ghana with International Allies (2006-09), Koffie began his North American journey in the sport by signing with Vancouver Whitecaps in 2010, the club’s last season in second division play. Koffie not only made the leap to MLS with Whitecaps FC the following season, but he became a mainstay, leaving in 2015 as the Canadian club’s leader at the time with 133 career appearances (nine goals).

Today’s transaction reunites Koffie with Eleven Head Coach Martin Rennie, who managed the native of Koforidua, Ghana, in Vancouver for the 2012 and 2013 MLS campaigns. The industrious midfielder’s most productive offensive seasons of his now 15-year professional career came under Rennie’s watch, as he bagged three goals in both of his new head coach’s two full seasons at VWFC.

“We are very happy to add Gershon to our squad for the 2021 season. He is an excellent central midfield player that has many years of top-level experience in Major League Soccer and throughout the world,” said Rennie. “I am excited to work with Gershon again and I am sure he will add a lot to our team on the field as well as in our community.”

A trade in early 2016 resulted in a two-year tenure with the New England Revolution, the second season coming as part of a loan agreement with Swedish side Hammarby IF. In total, Koffie tallied nine goals and 11 assists during 178 regular season appearances (156 starts) across his seven MLS seasons in Vancouver and New England from 2011-17.

After starting 2018 back in Sweden with Hammarby, Koffie spent his most recent seasons in the world’s game in the Middle East with Kuwaiti Premier League squad Al-Fahaheel Sporting Club (2018-19) and Hapoel Kfar Saba F.C. in the Israeli Premier League (2019-20).

Want to watch Gershon and the rest of the Boys in Blue in 2021? Indy Eleven Season Ticket Memberships are now available and can be saved for just a $25 per seat deposit! Secure tickets for every home game this season and learn more about exclusive savings and benefits by visiting indyeleven.com/tickets or calling 317-685-1100.

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