OWTY checks in with Djair Parfitt-Williams and Jean-Christophe Koffi, top-flight prospects and hopeful future American citizens.
Club: West Ham United U18
:: Goal-scoring West Ham forward hails from Bermuda but spent a number of years in Northern California and has told OWTY that U.S. citizenship should be wrapped up in the summertime.
Parfitt-Williams spent time with the San Jose Earthquake Academy before being spotted at a West Ham ID camp in the Northern California region. Djair’s Academy coach Steve Potts had this to say about Williams following his hat-trick game for the Hammers earlier this fall: “Djair’s technical ability is fantastic and he showed it by being involved in all three goals. I asked him to do a job and role and I think he did it to the letter.”
In nine matches for the West Ham U18s, Williams has scored 6 times, which would likely be higher if not for a slight injury during the fall. Look for Djair to make a big impact on the U.S. U20 pool once he is cleared to play for the Stars and Stripes ::
Year :: 1998
Club :: D.C. United U16
:: Koffi is a talented striker from the Ivory Coast who plies his trade with D.C. United Academy. Koffi is a true #9. He netted ten goals last year playing two years up for D.C. United U16s, and played a number of times for the U18s. This season Koffi has bagged five goals in nine starts for the U16s and played for the U18s as well.
Koffi spent the summer his summer in Spain trialing with Sevilla and Malaga with USG Agency Group. Koffi was highly successful, winning MVP honors in the camp at Malaga after a four-goal performance.
Koffi already stands over 6’0” and has an impressive frame. He has taken part in a number of U.S. Soccer regional training camps but his lack of U.S. citizenship has eliminated him for accepting an official camp. He told OWTY that his family are diplomats in D.C., and that his family has hired lawyers to help ease the path to citizenship ::