OUTLOOK: Dynamic outside defender became a regular in the starting lineup in 2013. Selected by Dynamo with No. 7 pick of 2011 MLS SuperDraft.
PRONUNCIATION: KO-fee sar-KO-dee
2014 MLS: MLS Team of the Week (Week 2) … Assisted on Will Bruin's first goal vs. New England Revolution on 3/8 … Started and played all 180 minutes of opening two games vs. New England Revolution and Montreal Impact.
2013 MLS: Named Dynamo Defender of the Year and Ironman of the Year, double save vs. D.C. United earned Dynamo Play of the Year … Won inaugural ESPN Sport Science Award for "Best Reaction" for double save vs. D.C. United … Started 14 straight games from 7/13-10/9 ... Assisted on Warren Creavalle's opening goal in 1-1 draw at Columbus Crew on 6/1 ... Assisted on Brad Davis' winning goal vs. Chicago on 4/14 ... Assisted on Giles Barnes' goal vs. Vancouver Whitecaps on 3/23; second consecutive game with an assist ... Recorded assist on Andrew Driver's goal at FC Dallas on 3/17 ... 13-14 CCL: Started three of the four group games including a 2-1 over Arabe Unido on 8/27 ... Open Cup: Played 90 minutes in 3-0 loss at FC Dallas on 6/12.
2012 MLS: Made first league start of season on 9/6 vs. Real Salt Lake and started all six remaining games at right back ... Tallied first MLS assist on Boniek Garcia's goal at Philadelphia on 9/23 ... Played 12 minutes as a substitute at Toronto on 7/28 ... Made his 2012 debut in 3-2 loss at DC United on 4/28, played 8 minutes in a substitute appearance ... Playoffs: Started all six playoff games and scored first professional goal in 3-1 home win over D.C. United in first leg of Eastern Conference Championship ... 2012-13 CCL: Started 3 of 4 games as Dynamo won Group 3 ... Recorded first professional assist in his international debut, providing on Cam Weaver's goal in 3-1 road win at C.D. FAS on 8/22 ... U.S. Open Cup: Did not feature ... Reserves: Appeared in five games (4 starts).
2011 MLS: Made seven starts at right back in rookie season ... Started in 1-1 tie at SEA on 3/25, becoming youngest Dynamo player to start an MLS match at age 20 years, 3 days ... Made second start in 2-2 tie at FCD on 5/28 but was ejected in 72nd minute after receiving second yellow card ... Started and made key defensive play to clear ball off goal line in 2-2 tie at DC on 6/25 ... Continued as starter in consecutive shutouts, at COL on 7/3 and vs. TFC on 7/9 ... Open Cup: Started and played all 120 minutes in 1-0 overtime loss vs. KC on 4/6 as Dynamo were eliminated in qualifying round ... Reserves: Started eight matches at right back for Dynamo Reserves and notched one goal and one assist ... Scored game-winning goal with left-footed shot in 76th minute of 1-0 win vs. COL on 6/7 ... Played decisive through ball to set up only goal of 1-0 win vs. RSL on 8/21.
INTERNATIONAL: United States U-23 international (3 caps) ... 2012: Played 90 minutes in U-23s 6-0 win versus Cuba in opening game of 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament on 3/22 ... Played 90 minutes in 3-3 draw against El Salvador in final group game on 3/26 ... Played 90 minutes in in a 2-0 friendly win over Mexico on 2/29 ... Was called in for January U-23 camp in Carson, CA ... Played 77 minutes in 0-0 friendly against Saprissa Reserves ... Started and played 90 minutes in 2-1 win over Alajuelense ... 2011: Was called in for December U-23 camp in Lakewood Ranch, FL ... Made two appearances for U.S. U-20 national team camp in France on 5/17 and 5/19 ... Previous appearance for U-20 national team came in May 2010 in friendly against South Korea in the Netherlands ... U-17: Represented the United States at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup in South Korea, playing alongside Dynamo teammate Danny Cruz as United States reached second round ... Part of U.S. U-17 residency program in Bradenton, Fla.
COLLEGE: Played three seasons at the University of Akron ... 2010: NSCAA first team all-America and Soccer America Player of the Year ... College Cup Most Outstanding Defensive Player ... ESPN Academic All-America of the Year ... First team all-Mid-America Conference ... Started 22 games and tallied eight goals and six assists on the Zips' 2010 national championship squad ... Netted game-winning goal with header from free kick in semifinal win vs. Michigan ... 2009: First team all-MAC ... First team all-Great Lakes Region ... Started 24 games and tallied three goals and seven assists for a Zips squad that reached the College Cup final ... 2008: First team all-MAC ... all-Great Lakes Region ... Started 23 games as a freshman, scoring one goal and adding two assists.
AMATEUR: Two-time NSCAA/adidas Youth All-American with the Ohio FC Mutiny.
YOUTH: Warrior Soccer Club, coached by Long Tran and Tuan Ha, and Ohio FC Mutiny, coached by Tim Horton.
PERSONAL: Born in Dayton, Ohio … Parents are Amaning and Olivia Sarkodie, originally from Kumasi, Ghana … Has two brothers, Kwame (24) and Ofori (21), and a sister, Mimi (11) … Kwame started at midfielder for the University of Cincinnati and currently plays indoor soccer for the Cincinnati Kings … Ofori started at defender for Indiana University and is currently on trial in Germany … Kofi majored in biology and carried a 3.96 GPA, becoming the first two-time Academic All-America in Akron history … Favorite athlete is Michael Jordan … Lists Eminem among his favorite musical artists … Enjoys playing tennis, reading, and playing video games in his spare time.