Gale Agbossoumonde

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Gale Agbossoumonde
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Personal information
Full name Gale Agbossoumonde[1]
Date of birth (1991-11-17) November 17, 1991 (age 22)
Place of birth Lomé, Togo
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Colorado Rapids
Number 44
Youth career
2007 IMG Soccer Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Miami FC 6 (0)
2010 Braga (loan) 0 (0)
2011–2012 Estoril Praia 0 (0)
2011 Djurgårdens IF (loan) 8 (0)
2011–2012 Eintracht Frankfurt II (loan) 1 (0)
2012 Carolina RailHawks (loan) 17 (1)
2013–2014 Toronto FC 13 (0)
2014– Colorado Rapids 0 (0)
National team
2008–2011 United States U20 30 (2)
2010 United States 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 26, 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 17, 2010

Gale Agbossoumonde (born November 17, 1991) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer.

Early life[edit]

Agbossoumonde was born in Togo, but his family fled to Benin when Gale was an infant. At the age of eight, his family moved to Syracuse, New York with the help of a church charity. Gale attended Christian Brothers Academy until the 9th grade, leading them to a NYS Soccer Championship runner-up finish that year.

Career[edit]

Club[edit]

After a semester with the U17 National Team, Agbossoumonde was invited to join IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. He emerged as a force at centerback, earning high praise for his soccer IQ and his ability to effectively use his already large frame.

Agbossoumonde signed a three and a half year contract with Traffic Sports Marketing and Miami FC on August 6, 2009.[2] His professional debut shortly followed and he made six appearances during the 2009 USL season. On January 7, 2010, he moved to Sporting Braga of the Portuguese Liga on a six-month loan that included an option to buy.[3] Braga declined the purchase option when the loan spell ended.

Agbossoumonde was sent on loan to Allsvenskan team Djurgårdens IF in 2011. On April 15 he started his first match and went the full 90 minutes for Djurgårdens IF, against Malmö FF, having won "Man of the Match" honors.[4] Agbossoumonde played eight games for Djurgårdens IF during spring 2011, but Djurgården decided not to use their option to buy him out of his contract, and Agbossoumonde left the club at the end of July 2011.[5]

On August 30, 2011, it was announced that Agbossoumonde had been loaned to 2. Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.[6] Gale received official clearance to play for Eintracht in the beginning of October 2011, and made his debut for the Eintracht reserve squad in a match on October 8 against SGS Großaspach.[7] However, the loan to the German side proved short, too.

On February 2, 2012, Traffic Sports announced that Agbossoumonde was going on loan to Carolina RailHawks of the North American Soccer League.[8]

On December 20, 2012 Agbossoumonde joined Toronto FC, after he was entered into a weighted lottery to allocate him to a team in Major League Soccer.[9] Agbossoumonde made his debut for Toronto on April 6 due to an injury to starter Danny Califf, the game ended in a 2-2 home draw to FC Dallas.[10]

On May 8, 2014, Agbossoumonde was involved in a three-team trade when the Colorado Rapids traded Marvin Chávez to Chivas USA for Luke Moore, who was immediately traded by Colorado to Toronto FC for Agbossoumonde.[11]

International[edit]

He has been an active member of the United States U-20 team and participated in the 2009 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Trinidad & Tobago, helping the US to qualify for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt. In the tournament in Egypt, although only 17 at the time, he started all games for the US.

On November 11, 2010, Agbossoumonde received his first senior national team call up for the United States. His first senior international cap came on his birthday, November 17, 2010 against South Africa in the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup.[12]

Honours[edit]

United States[edit]

Individual[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

As of April 27, 2013
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Canada League Canadian Championship MLS Playoffs North America Total
Toronto FC MLS 2013 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Career statistics 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009 – List of Players" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). p. 22. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Traffic Sports strengthens U.S. player development initiative by signing Gale Agbossoumonde". oursportscentral.com. August 6, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  3. ^ Sciaretta, Brian (January 7, 2010). "Agbossoumonde Off To Portuguese Leaders". Yanks-Abroad.com. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Under-20 prospects making a splash; more Americans Abroad". CNN. April 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Ingen fortsättning för Gale Agbossoumonde". dif.se (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Fotboll. July 17, 2011. Retrieved July 17, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Stats, scores and schedules". The Washington Post. August 31, 2011. 
  7. ^ http://www.yanks-abroad.com/get.php?mode=blog&entry=224
  8. ^ "News". Carolina RailHawks. Retrieved December 20, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Agbossoumonde signs with MLS, to be placed in lottery". Soccerbyives.net. Retrieved December 20, 2012. 
  10. ^ Toronto FC rallies to tie FC Dallas
  11. ^ Daniel BonifaceThe Denver Post (October 27, 2012). "Rapids trade Marvin Chávez, acquire Gale Agbossoumonde from Toronto in three-team deal". The Denver Post. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Bradley Names 18-Man Roster to Face South Africa on Nov. 17 in Cape Town". U.S. Soccer. Retrieved December 20, 2012. 

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