U.S. Youth National Teams

Djurgardens close to acquiring Agbossoumonde on six month loan


photo by John Dorton/ISIphotos.com


Gale Agbossoumonde's future looks to finally be taking a turn for the better.

According to a Swedish report, Djurgardens IF has been impressed with Agbossoumonde during his two-week trial and is ready to sign the U.S. U-20 national team defender on a six month loan from Traffic USA/Miami FC. At the end of the loan, Djurgardens has an option to buy Agbossoumonde for a fixed price in August.

Djurgardens has already agreed to terms with Agbossoumonde, and club sporting director Stefan Alven said all that is left to be worked out is small details.

Here's a video that includes translation of Alven talking about the all but completed loan:


What do you think of this development?

Share your thoughts below.

  • Anon

    How did he end up with Traffic in the first place? Is this a cautionary tale about young players signing with the first “team” that waves some bucks in front of their face?


  • Aquaman

    Hopefully these “small details” get worked out and I hope he does well enough to warrant Djurgardens buying him outright at the end of the loan so that he never has to deal with Traffic again.


  • Timber Dan

    With that in mind, what exactly is Traffic USA? Is it an organization/situation similar to the that of Carlos Tevez when he was “signed” by West Ham?

    Anyone with more info on what exactly they are/how FIFA sees them?


  • Dakota Sillyman

    From what I can tell they buy players, pay their wages, decide where they get to play, and take a big chunk of then sell the players as they see fit. The big problem is that they don’t seem to have the players best interest in mind.


  • vik

    I believe Traffic pays you a salary to join them, so it’s like an instant money thing. They own your rights, and they also own a couple of teams (miami fc, estoril praia, etc) they assign you to if they can’t find someone willing to make an offer they like. I think the problem is that any offer has to be profitable over the cost traffic spent to market you, plus the money they pay you. Since many of the players they get are young, if they don’t sign quickly, it’s easy to get forgotten trialing at club after club.


  • vik

    6 months of solid playing time should do this kid some good. He should be able to ride his talent to a transfer, and then he will be free of Traffic’s bs.
    Wish him all the best.


  • lavotama

    and how much is this “fixed price?”

    Traffic wants 50 million? 100? Bloody pirates…


  • Brendan

    Haha, that was my initial reaction when I saw the headline too. Verbatim. Great news, hope he tears it up.


  • froboy

    I love how they didn’t even try to pronounce his name in the video, but taped him saying it and then played that instead of them saying it.


  • A Chicago Fire Fan

    Ironic that a company that borders on something like human trafikking is named Traffic.


  • Paul G.

    Traffic must have been thought up by someone from the music business! The big record labels operate the same way; they “sign” you, record and promote you, then either recoup their costs out of you pocket or drop you and take the (deductible) loss before you become a bigger liability. They certainly don´t have the “talent´s” best interest in mind.


  • Benjamin C.

    Stefan Jerome is with Traffic, correct? Last I heard, he was trialing with a team somewhere in Eastern Europe. Does anyone know anything about his current situation? Ives? When I saw him with the U-17 team, I liked his talent; good speed and a nose for the goal. Since then, he has dropped off the face of the earth, it seems.


  • luke

    “Djurgardens close to acquiring Agbossoumonde on six month loan UNTIL TRAFFIC UPS THE PRICE AT THE LAST MINUTE AND CAUSES THE DEAL TO FALL APART”

    there. fixed.


  • Leo

    i can’t believe how ignorant of the basic rules of the soccer market the readers are. Transfer rights can be owned by clubs, investment funds, agencies etc. Registering a player can only be done by clubs. Please go to the FIFA website and educate yourselves.


  • Dainja

    (said in Rick Ross voice) BOSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    and on a sidenote, damn…Boss is lookin very Rick Ross-ish in this photo. hehe. Maybe that time off with no club is hurtin the old waistline.

    “I’m da I’m da biggest boss dat you’ve seen thus far.”


  • fischy

    I guess one of the top teams in Sweden is a step up from USSF Div2 — right?

    Maybe even better than MLS? Probably a better place to learn the professional game.


  • fischy

    He went on trial last month with a Czech team. I think he’s still there, though I don’t see his name on their site. On the other hand, I don’t read Czech


  • Dakota Sillyman

    I can’t believe how ignorant of the rules of grammar this commenter is. The letter I should be capitalized when used as a pro-noun. Anybody can and should capitalize the letter i. Please go another website and stay there.


  • Dakota Sillyman

    Via Yanks Abroad’s Brian Sciaretta;
    “I just talked to American forward Stefan Jerome who went on loan to Sigma Olomouc in the Czech Rep. I’ll have the article up this week at YA”


  • DC Josh

    This comment should probably belong on Kickette, but it seems to me that European collars get taller as the fohawks grow.

    Great news for Boss though, he needs a team bad. And living in Stockholm cannot be a bad thing.


  • Northzax

    Yes. Traffic has paid Gale much more than the market would, probably 2-3 hundred grand a year for a few years. The only way they make that money back is the transfer fee. For a man so critical of the MLS rules to bot read his contract is, well, dumb.


  • Ed

    I am of the opinion that Boss is the best CB prospect for us in the long term. Yes, more so than Ream, Gonzalez, etc. Opara is close as well. I think it says a lot that Bob capped him in SA even though he’s basically been in soccer exile for a year, AND was coming off an injury at the time. Very unusual move from BB, he see a lot in him as well.


  • Warren

    Gale didn’t like the low-ball Generation Adidas contract he was offered by MLS at age 18…so he got a somewhat better salary from Traffic. Oops.

    The price was wandering here and there while Traffic tried to extract a big fee from clubs for – an 18 year old prospect.

    Gale should play his way out of the mess his naivete on contracts – and MLS’s not recognizing the kid was MORE special than the average 18 year old prospect – got him in to.

    So imho, blame is on the kid and his advisors…and equally on MLS for not recognizing real major league talent when it’s right in front of them.


  • DingDong

    It’s either DjurgÃ¥rdens IF or DjurgÃ¥rden (no “s” if there is no “IF”). This was my favorite team growing up. I’m glad they’re getting an American.


  • Warren

    Thanks for help with spelling – now the pronunciation guide please? Since if Gale sticks some of us will be trying not to mangle name?

    dyoor-garden – is that close enough for Americans, who don’t do little o’s over vowels? : )


  • josh

    I’m so glad this is happenning the kid just needs to play so he can develop his physical attributes into a top notch soccer player.


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