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Agbossoumonde passes on MLS move

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U.S. Under-23 national team defender Gale Agbossoumonde has endured a rough road in his quest for regular playing time since turning pro two years ago. With a recent stint at Eintracht Frankfurt failing to deliver him playing time, Agbossoumonde looked poised for a move to Major League Soccer.

That move will not be happening.

Agbossoumonde, 20, rejected a contract offer from Major League Soccer this week, choosing instead to see out the final year of his current deal with Traffic Sports. He is expected to make a move to play for top NASL side Carolina Railhawks for the upcoming season, with an eye toward a potential move back to Europe as a free agent at the end of the year.

With the Olympics looming this summer, and with Agbossoumonde expected to be a part of the U.S. Olympic team set-up, he could wind up playing himself into a big free agent move to Europe if he shows well at the Olympics.

Final details on the MLS offer made to Agbossoumonde were not made available to SBI,  but it is believed to have been a four-year deal in the salary range of the lower Generation adidas contract offers given to college underclassmen ahead of the 2012 MLS Draft.

Having earned his first and only senior national team cap in November of 2010, Agbossoumonde is one of the best young defensive prospects in the U.S. national team pool, but a lack of regular playing time has slowed his growth as a player and could wind up costing him a chance to star on the Olympic team. As it stands, the centerback options in the Olympic pool are thin and Agbossoumonde should have a chance to earn a regular role, especially if he finds consistent playing time.

That is something the Carolina Railhawks could provide if they can complete a deal for the U.S. youth international.

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  1. You really think NASL is his level? He’s supposed to be with our U-23 team. If he can’t hack it in MLS then he has no business being in our national team set-up at that level. Rather than working his way into MLS where he SHOULD get playing time (hence have ANY chance of being in the Olympic roster) then chance it AGAIN on some crappy Scandanavian team after he doesn’t make the roster in the first place.

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  2. genom is right on. the MLS contract is way too long, especially if he only has one more year to wait. I’m not going to reiterate all the points made above that apparently didnt get thru, but the main thing is the length of the contract. most european teams will not want to pay the transfer fee, especially since MLS is overinflating the value. Therefore he is likely stuck in MLS for 4 yrs. But if he waits 1 yr, then goes on a free, he will have MANY more options, and 3 more years to hit the bigger payday. No brainer.

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  3. Lets see, sign with MLS get- structured contract that will pay decent money for 4 years while being able to play reserve matches and press for first team minutes with a team who wants you there by using the allocation draft process to grab (not lighlty done on the teams part) or try and go to Europe which you have tried for the past few years and make more money but stagnate your growth even more by jumping from team to team? MLS is better than we give credit for and his contract would be up before he was 25 which would leave atleast 5 to 7 years of playing top football across the pond.

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  4. Keep telling yourself that. This kid is not ready to go fight for a starting spot for a decent euro team.

    He has a lot of learning and maturing to do.

    You havent even watched Sarvas play you Troll. Sarvas will do just fine for the Galaxy.

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  5. brad rusin is the former railhawks player who signed with HB Køge in denmark in the middle of the summer causing carolinas wheels to slowly come off.

    dude should be playing in mls, he won’t like the mean things we’ll have to say to him when he visits minnesota.

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  6. So he is just biding his time because he is more than ready to go play in europe and get a starting spot. I didnt know that he was that good, my bad. I am sorry for thinking that he wasnt good enough already.

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  7. If you are going to Troll at least get your facts right. Omar played over 13 league games this year and a nice 6 figure salary.

    oh, he is 18 and first pro contract…get real man. stupid troll

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  8. one more thing to add…before you guys go on scrutinizing all the players for going over seas/Scandinavia for more money and exposure rather then staying in MLS. We forget this is their Career and a short one at that, how many of us wouldn’t take a job offering at least twice the pay in a heartbeat? I’m sure some wouldn’t but a lot of us would.

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  9. I think everyone agrees about the mismanagement of his career so far signing with Traffic, but I think it was a good move as well in the long run. We’ve seen MLS help many player’s careers but we’ve also seen them hold many players “hostage” when they are ready to jump over seas.

    To my original point I was making, its a good move because of it being his final year in that terrible contract and as a free agent available on a free transfer it opens up many different options for him. We have seen and heard that teams have been interested but the Traffic situation pretty much scares them off. Now he can go to one of those like a solid Scandinavian team where he can go the charlie davies route and prove himself…While probably making more money then in MLS.

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  10. he doesnt want to go into the stupid out dated allocation process for returning MNT players. (he has 1 or 2 caps)

    he tweeted not that long ago that he wanted to play for RBNY. I bet his agent told him he’s gonna end up in DC or someplace like that if he’ll sign with MLS. Cant blame him

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  11. What a waste… continuing to make horrible decisions based on the empty promises of his traffic managers and false hope of catching on with a euro club. Poor kid keeps getting talked into rolling the dice on increasingly longer odds risky gambles.

    A half season with a 2nd division American club is not going to get him in form enough to shine in the Olympics.

    A full season with a 2nd division club and a medicore/poor olympics is not going to get him a legit euro contract or euro playing time.

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  12. Its not the level of play its the complete lack of regard for the players in MLS. Im not going to play in league that pays so little to be put in allocation lottery and sent to some sh!t run team. Look at what happened to Omar Salgado played like 3 games all season and instead of giving him a shot this year vancouver is stock piling forwards. Same thing in LA, could have slotted Stephens into Junihnos spot but instead they signed an ageing Sarvas who will probaly do nothing

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  13. Örebro SK offered him a contract, but Traffic’s demands were not met. It’s not about learning in the NASL, it’s about biding his time and not getting locked into a binding MLS contract.

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  14. Traffic does own the Carolina Railhawks. Interesting that wasnt mentioned, im mean, in some ways, their best interest is his best interest, but there is some situation where they are looking to maximize their profit and it may not be best for him.

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  15. Are you trolling or are these your real ideas? How is he going to make bank in Europe when he cant even keep a spot in a bad european team in a mediocre european league?

    If I am a decent european team I would rather sign a guy who plays in MLS than a guy who plays for the Carolina Railhawks. Its common sense.

    Boss has a lot to learn and if he thinks that he will be signed by a European team to learn, well he needs to look no further than Adu.

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  16. So Tim Ream,Le Toux, Omar gonzalez and others are being sold to higher leagues. Also MLS is bring a lot of young guys up from the youth system. Agbossoumonde will be at a lower europ league. Also MLS is better then half of europe, untill the top 8.

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  17. Ooh really!! How many offers from decent teams has he been getting? Did you watch the US vs Guatemala game?

    He will have fewer games to showcase his skills and if he plays like he played vs Guatemala well good luck to him.

    Ream played for 2 years in MLS and it looks like he will be playing in EPL. Why couldnt he learn in MLS then move on. DO you really think that its better to learn from guys in NASL or MLS guys?

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  18. Has Traffic helped the career of any player? I cannot think of one. They even owe Ronaldinho money since they pay a portion of his salary with Flamengo. If they’re not willing to keep the wages current for one of the best players in the world in the last decade, no one should trust them to help their career. I don’t understand how they’re still in business.

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  19. I would do the same exact thing. I would rather sit on the bench in europe fighting for a starting XI spot earning a EU passport then getting held hostage in MLS on a seven year contract in a league that would rather sign has beens than put any trust in young players. Its a no brainer play for peanuts in a league half filled with incompentent FO and owners or make bank in Europe

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  20. I imagine that 4-year deal and being raffeled off to some random team detered him from signing.. At firsti thought he should be playing in mls but i can see why he would pass..

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  21. My man. I already conceded that he’s locked in for 1 more year. If there’s anything Gale is not short on it is exposure. Under 20’s, teams in Portugal, Sweden, and Germany, and more than likely the Olympics. It’s actually quite the opposite. The contract offers from Europe will come in because they’re familiar with him, like his potential, and over everything he will arrive on a free transfer. Think.

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  22. Guess what? He is locked into a situation with his managing team for 1 more year. He hasnt played with a decent team in 3 years.

    When his contract ends with Traffic, he wont be getting contract offers from big teams or decent leagues. He should have gone with a sure thing and played his butt off and then maybe he can go to Europe.

    He will be playing for the Railhawks!! I rather get exposure playing for a team in MLS than the Carolina Railhawks who play in NASL.

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  23. How many Euro scouts are going to watch NASL games? Second tier US league? They can’t even trust that level of competition.

    Not to mention this guys resume of bouncing around will scare off many clubs. He should have built a solid resume in MLS.

    Agree with the comments that US Soccer should not bother with this guy. Signing with Traffic Sports = not a good idea.

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  24. Yeah, I don’t get the dumb comments. Dude gets to keep his Traffic salary and play a year at a level which suits his ability at the moment. Then next year he will have a much larger array of options to choose from when it comes to signing his next deal.

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  25. Excellent gamble. He’d be locked into a less than financially desirable situation and have no control over what team and organization develops him. He would also have no control over a move back to Europe within the next 4 years. He has many contacts in Europe, and many teams have expressed interest in him. Unfortunately for him and the European clubs, he’s binded by a bad contract situation which makes him virtually impossible to buy. Wait one year, have a monster olympics and back to a desirable situation in Europe he goes on a free.

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  26. I mean, come on. It’s hard to say that this is anything other than a fantastically mismanaged career. He would have been far better off agreeing to play in MLS years ago. Then maybe, with playing expereince under his belt, he’d have gone off to Europe with Ream, George and (would have been) Gonzales.

    He should not be thinking of anything other than playing right now

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  27. US Soccer shouldn’t bother calling him again. Better to invest limited development slots in players who don’t make one boneheaded decision after another.

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  28. May not be dumb guys. He needs regular PT to be fit for the Olympics. He probably wouldn’t start anywhere in MLS. A decent showing at the Olympics could easily get him more money and better competition, rather than being trapped in MLS for 3 1/2 years.

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  29. Fool. He’s still young enough, and especially as a defender, that he could have signed with MLS and still had plenty of time to go overseas. Not only that, but MLS has been showing more willingness to sell players than in the past.

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  30. actually cmon it is more of a gamble. sign a short contract with the hopes of a big $$$ one later vs a decent contract but one that is 4 yrs.

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