It seems that Gale Agbossoumonde has been one of the top American prospects for a long time now but has never really been able to make that break through. At 21 years old the defender has a single cap with the national side but has spent much of his club career moving around playing for clubs in a wide variety of leagues and countries. Now it seems that he is heading to MLS hoping to finally find a stable club that will give him the chance to play.
Agbossoumonde has been under contract to Estoril Praia for the past two seasons. The club is currently in Portugal's top flight but Agbossoumonde has failed to make a single league appearance for them. Since signing for the club he has been sent out on a variety of loans to Djurgårdens IF of Sweden, Eintracht Frankfurt II of Germany, and the Carolina Railhawks of the NASL.
No matter where he has gone he has failed to get the regular playing time that you would want as a young player and now it is being reported that he will turn to MLS to try and find that. Soccer by Ives is reporting that he will be allocated via a weighted lottery later today with four teams entering. The teams on the list are Toronto FC, FC Dallas, Seattle Sounders, and the LA Galaxy.
If these reports are true it will mean that TFC has the best odds of landing the player having finished last season with the worst record. Earlier this week, in a similar lottery the Portland Timbers cashed in on their best odds to land Mobi Fehr so TFC will be hoping for a repeat of that performance.
Agbossoumonde will not be a total unknown around TFC as he was a key player for Thomas Rongen's US under 20 teams even though he was one of the youngest members of the squad. He would start all of the US's games at the 2009 U20 World Cup in Egypt despite being just 17 at the time.
It will be interesting to see if coming to MLS is what finally helps him reach the potential that he displayed as a teenager or if years of lacking in competitive minutes will cost him in the long run and prevent him from reaching that potential. Adding him to TFC would certainly make for a very impressive collection of young defenders at the club and would create that much needed competition for starting minutes in the defense.