BRIAN SCIARETTA - Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Sources have told YA that USA defender Gale Agbossoumonde is on the verge of signing a deal with Portugese club Sporting Braga. While the deal has not been completely finalized, the parties remain close. At this time it is unclear if the pending deal is a loan or a full transfer.

YA has also been able to confirm that Agbossoumonde, 18, has been training with Sporting Braga since December 28, 2009. Sporting Braga are currently tied with Benfica for first place in the Portuguese Liga table. Both clubs have 33 points through 14 games.

The togo born Agbossoumonde is widely regarded as one of the more promising youth players in the American system. In August 2009, Agbossoumonde signed with the Brazilian based sports management company, Traffic Sports. The following month, he started every game for the USA in the 2009 U20 World Cup . While the USA failed to advance out of group play in that tournament, Agbossoumonde was clearly one of the best players on the team.

Last month USA U20 head coach Thomas Rongen selected Agbossoumonde to play in the first U20 camp of the 2011 U20 cycle. He will likely be one of the key players for this team as it builds towards the next World Cup in Colombia.
Wednesday January 13, 2010 8:37 pm
Nice to see a new crop of defenders comming through the US System. Agbossoumonde looks like a rock star. The NE Rev's right back Alliston who is in this January Camp, is going to be huge. Omar Gonzalez is huge, Darrius Barnes is magic. I could go on, but is anyone else seeing a trend here? Looking at the 2010 Super draft and I see 4-6 6' + defenders mocked into the top 20! And Jonathan Spector is still only 24 (I think).,.. Get well soon Gooch!
Sunday January 10, 2010 5:56 pm
He's one for the future, he's just barely starting out his career and should be focus on improving and securing first team minutes. Whoever is coach after South Africa, I pray to God that is not someone with MLS experience, should help accelerate Gale's development by calling up for some European friendlies.
Saturday January 9, 2010 12:48 am
Phil your post is pointless. Who says he isn't? Agbossoumonde is 18 years olds and needs to mature. The starting central defenders in the next world cup are already playing in top leagues that should be Bob's focus he is not thinking of 2014, nor should he be, it's all about South Africa for Bob.What is going to pointless pull him into this camp when he should be getting settled with a pro outfit. I dont think people on this site and the critics of Bob understand how hard it is to fly back and forth all the time and lose your place with top teams. It is rare for a kid under 20 to do it, esp defenders.
Thursday January 7, 2010 4:44 pm
OK, so why isn't HE on Bradley's radar? Lichej, too....

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