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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. Boss is on the Adu children’s slide. Moving around the sandbox but playing very little. That’s never good for anyone. Wasted years NEVER come back.

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  2. “no trust in young players”

    what? this is just BS, straight up. I can understand some points for not signing in MLS, but this is weak spin

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  3. EF is B.2. He wasn’t actually playing for the B.2 team, he was with EFII (U23) in the Regionalliga Sud, where he appeared once.

    Djurgardens is Allsvenskan but they were bad when he was there, and he appeared 8 times. Their big recent American signing was Brian Span. A college kid. Hammarby recently signed Baggio Husidic.

    And the fact is that Traffic never lets him stay anywhere long. You’re implying it’s a superior approach but that’s laughable.

    I am unconvinced that this CV is superior to MLS in any way.

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  4. I understood he was being offered $100K+ the first attempt and the most recent offer was a “GA” level offer. You can mock that, but we all know those are decent salaries for US soccer, and that he won’t be beating that at Carolina.

    And let’s be real, one aspect of this decision might be simply running out the Traffic contract.

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  5. I agree. If you are not starting getting regular minutes with a MLS team, I see that almost as a minimum for the u-23 team today.

    If our u-23 team is relying on 2nd division players we are in trouble.

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  6. Whoa, didn’t realize my joke would be seen as insensitive. Boss is originally from Togo, which is in West Africa. I don’t know what language they speak there and ironically I didn’t want to be non-PC and say “Togoan”…
    Bottom line is he seems to not make the best career decisions.

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  7. Right. Because Eintracht Frankfurt is a lower level club than Djurgården. And right, because Djurgården is a lower level club than the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Thank you dear readers of SBI for reminding why I do not normally contribute to this drivel. Back to my cave I go.

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  8. if we make the olys, do you really think BOSS will make the final 20 list? most likely he will be replaced by season veterans. The CB spot is our weakest and help will come.

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  9. Im saying give a guy who has a senior mnt cap, who is younger than most draft picks and has plenty of upside better than a low ball gen adidas contract.

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  10. I can think of several teams that could use him right away, if not as a lock as a starter then as a regular sub DC, NE, San Jose. Plus I could see him competing for serious minutes at Vancouver and Portland. Heck, maybe the Red Bulls are one set of working papers away from having some major holes to fill at the CB position.

    NASL might be a way to get minutes, but another year with TRAFFIC is wack.

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  11. Are you from Traffic, you are making him seem like he has played some real pro ball in 2 years.

    We all know he has been practicing, yes I am talking about practice. He hasnt played for a team for 4 straight months. What is this great experience you are talking about?

    EJ rejected MLS because he thinks he is worth more. Where is EJ now?

    I believe that Traffic is the one that rejected this deal because. They just rejected a chance to play for a real pro team and have a better chance to move to Europe to a decent team.

    Boss had offers from teams but Traffic rejected the deal because the numbers never worked out, Boss said so himself. Traffic is hoping that Boss kills it at the Olympics and they get a big contract from Europe so they can get their money back.

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  12. hummm, pro experience where? even John Thorrington played for Manchester United…reserves. Gale has not proved anything with real playing time, and a low end gen adidas contract should be in the 70,000-90,000 ball park.

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  13. Exactly. This isn’t a dumb move at all. He’s not rejecting MLS.

    It’s about the one year left on his contract which makes him a free next year. That’s an excellent position to be in in terms of getting an offer (Could even be MLS again but for a shorter contract or higher salary).

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  14. did anyone who said this was a dumb move read the article? MLS low balled him, a top u-23 talent given the low end of gen Adidas contract, even tho he’s had more pro experience and more upside then most gen Adidas players, MLS has to show a little more if they want to seriously bring talent to the league.

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  15. For starters, his deal with Traffic is far more disastrous to his career than anything MLS could foist upon him. By his own admission he goes from trial to trial and lower level club to lower level club, many affiliated with Traffic, and when offered deals outside Traffic he told ESPN the numbers never work out. That’s close to real slavery. In comparison a four year deal with a specific team that intends to use him in exchange for a paycheck is paradise, even if they perhaps insist upon their contract….though players have been transferred or released to Europe, including Freddy.

    Worth asking: WHO turned down MLS? Traffic? How much input did he have? And if MLS once offered him 6 figures and is now down to 5, where’s his career sensed to be headed?

    His resume is like Estoril, Braga reserves, Miami FC, etc. That sounds like no bridge to real Europe, and Carolina sounds like Miami redux.

    And it’s worth pointing out he just missed the domestic U23 camp for an injury, if he’s not playing regularly this may become a problem.

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  16. Over the past two years I’ve come across numerous posts on here about this guy but have yet to see him play at any level.

    Does this guy employ a PR agent or what?

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  17. Carolina’s coach for Rusin and Barbara is now in Vancouver. The team tanked once Rusin left and Rennie announced. So the idea of repeating Rusin is a little mythic.

    What if he plays bad? That would just about be the end of the road. He’s already bounced around plenty. If he was in MLS he could at least have some time to progress….that 4 year deal being mocked is also at least a couple years of sincere effort towards him, indulgence of rust, etc.

    And the reason everyone mentions Rusin is it’s so random and rare. To emulate a moonshot is silly. But he sounds more like EJ every day. Live the dream instead of reality.

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  18. I don’t see Boss making the final 18 if USA qualifies. I think CB will be filled with over-aged players. He seems to be doing the drift and slide like Adu did.

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  19. Amen. They can dress it up all they like but it’s bass-ackwards. “I want to play in the minors for minor league money rather than compete for time in a real league for major league money.” It betrays a lack of confidence in his own skills is one thing that’s being finessed. If he had any confidence he’d not fear MLS competition.

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  20. He could say that if he hadn’t already done a pointless world tour behind Traffic with endless trials and half-baked destinations. In comparison to that singing for his supper in a regular MLS gig would be stability and a launching pad. This is like 2-3 years of goofing around rather than emerging, dude.

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  21. Right, Ibeagha keeps pulling the same thing on the Dynamo for the US U20 and U23 teams, seemingly gambling the next tournament will vault him to an expensive Euro deal. But how are you going to earn a starting gig and shine internationally with transient or bad pro gigs, or a mere college background? He can’t be bright if he’s fallen for this Traffic nonsense then blown off MLS, starts to sound EJ-esque but without even one decent pro season to justify the hubris.

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  22. there are far more games than drafts… if you are going to be sarcastic at least be in the ballpark. in regards to NASL, MLS is lightyears better

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  23. At least you are looking at it logically and acknowledging both sides of the coin. Both options have risk. The biggest potential reward comes with the option that he is taking. And if it does not work out, he can fall back to the other option one year from now. Question it sure, but how can you blame him or call this move dumb?

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  24. It has more to do with the contract than the team he plays for. Once his current contract is up, options will open up. If he signed a long term deal with MLS, it would be a long time until his options would open up again. Can’t blame the guy.

    How do you know how ready he is to fight for a starting spot? Of course he has a lot of learning and maturing to do. Why does he have to do that on MLS’s terms at this point in his career? If nothing comes about next year in Europe, then he can do his thang in MLS. Odds are that he will have opportunities in Europe though.

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  25. Doesnt matter, hot carl. he will be on a free and can trial with potential suitors. He is not an unknown quantity and the major impediment to his development has been the traffic contract. Once free of that he could conceivably sign with a Belgian, Dutch or Danish [etc] team on a reasonable salary and make his way there. People saying dumb do not in fact appear to be looking at the totality of Gale’s situation. He made a “dumb” decision to go with Trafffic years ago.

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