Report: Red Bulls "interested" in DC United academy product Koffi

Jean-Christophe Koffi - at University of Virginia - DC United academy product


Just hours before the New York Red Bulls and D.C. United clashed on Sunday in their second Atlantic Cup meeting of the season, an intriguing report popped up concerning the two clubs.

The Washington Post’s veteran soccer journalist Steve Goff took to Twitter to state that the Red Bulls were eyeing Jean-Christophe Koffi, a talented central midfielder who showed promise over three NCAA seasons at the University of Virginia before leaving school earlier this year to explore professional opportunities.

Koffi, however, is a product of D.C.’s academy, having spent four years in the Black-and-Red’s youth system during his upbringing in the Washington suburb of Potomac, Maryland. That means that while he’s presently unattached, RBNY would have to reach an agreement with United to acquire his Homegrown rights in order to sign him to an MLS deal.

Born in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, Koffi chipped in three goals and four assists for the Cavaliers last season en route to First Team All-ACC honors and a First Team All-American nod from, including this dramatic gem:

He also scored one goal and two assists in 2016 and two goals and one assists during his freshman campaign in 2015, where he played mainly a substitute's role. Here’s a compilation video, produced by DMV Soccer, of some of his top college highlights: