COACHES' BREAKDOWN: "In terms of knowing the game, reading the game and understanding the game, "he's unlike any player that I've ever come across."... Played for the French national team at the youth level, then was in a car accident when he was 17 that seriously injured his legs. Was probably going to play in Europe before the accident, but got the chance to come to college and has finally fully recovered. Plays beyond his years. Big body, brings everything down and controls it, can shield everyone. Two-footed, good in the air, can hold the ball. Movement off the ball in the 18 is exceptional. Can link up with anyone, and can play on any team. ... Great free kick has a tough time impacting the game. He impacts the game with free kick... Still very much plugged into the French soccer community, so if MLS teams don't take him he could always try his luck back in Europe."
COLLEGE 2013: In his senior season, Boyoko led the Gauchos with eight goals and 19 points ... Notched five game-winning goals, second most in the Big West Conference ... Started 17 games and appeared in all 21 of the team's games after an injury-filled 2012 season ... Named an All-Big West Honorable Mention... 2012: Appeared in 18 games for the Gauchos, starting three and coming on as a substitute 15 times ... Notched goals at Gonzaga on Sep. 2 and at Seattle on Sep. 16 as well as scoring the game-winner in an exhibition against Westmont on Aug. 18 ... 2010-11 (at Auburn University Montgomery): Began his collegiate career at Auburn Montgomery where he spent two seasons with the NAIA team… Was an NAIA First Team All-American as a sophomore after scoring 17 goals across 19 games… Eight of his goals were game-winners… Also compiled five assists… Was also a 2011 SSAC All-Conference First Team honoree… As a freshman, he tallied five goals and four assists across 12 games… Garnered academic honors in each of his four semesters at Auburn Montgomery.
HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Attended Jean Perrin in France, graduating in 2008... Played for the French U-16 National Team in 2004... Spent the summer of 2011 playing with Chicago Fire PDL
PERSONAL: Goffin Boyoko was born on June 23, 1989 in Paris, France… Has two sisters and three brothers… Goes by “Gof” or “G”… Majored in global studies… Can’t do without his iPod and iPad… Would love to play with Ronaldinho, Zinedine Zidane and Mario Balotelli… Would love to play against Marco Materazzi and Cristiano Ronaldo… Cheers for Paris Saint Germain and his favorite athletes are Ronaldinho and Zidane… Favorite actors are Denzel Washington and Will Smith… Enjoys the musical stylings of Drake, Rick Ross and T.I.… Favorite films include “City of God” and “Man on Fire”… Watches “Friday Night Lights,” “Lost,” and “The Game” on the small screen… Zinedine Zidane’s biography is his favorite book.