After a strange last year, United States Under-20 central defender Gale Agbossoumonde has finalized a six-month loan with Djurgarden in the Swedish Allsvenskan, giving the 19-year-old the chance to get his club career on track. Agbossoumonde went on a two-week trial and impressed enough to earn himself not just a loan deal, but early speculation is that he could be starting for the Swedish club when their season begins in April.
After signing his loan deal on Thursday Agbossoumonde said, "I feel we have a very good team and I think we will do well in Allsvenskan."
Agbossoumonde is coming off of a year in which he was named U.S. Youth Player of the Year and is expected to start for the U.S. team at the 2011 U-20 World Cup. A Togo-born defender who moved to New York when he was 8, Agbossoumonde spent the first half of 2010 on loan with Sporting Braga, but a complicated situation with Traffic Sports, an agency that owns his contract, kept the Portuguese club from buying the defender outright.
Despite being unable to find a club to play for in the summer of 2010, something that Agbossoumonde has blamed on Traffic Sports and not a lack of interest, the defender made his debut with the U.S. senior team against South Africa on his 19th birthday in November. Now, Agbossoumonde has a club, something that is vital for the development of a player many have pegged as the brightest defender in the United States youth system.