Portuguese leaders Sporting Braga have completed a six-month loan agreement for American Under-20 central defender Gale Agbossoumonde. 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.
After a semester with the U-17 National Team, Agbossoumonde was invited to join the prestigious IMG Academy soccer program 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 and Miami FC on August 6, 2009. His professional debut shortly followed and he made six appearances during the 2009 USL season.
Agbossoumonde, 18, began training with Braga on December 28th and the stint has culminated with the Portuguese now holding an option to buy at the end of the season.
The initial plan is for Agbossoumonde to play with Braga’s youth team but first team appearances are possible this year claimed the former US international.
Agbossoumode started every game for the USA last year at the 2009 U20 World Cup and is also eligible for the 2011 Under-20 World Cup.
Braga is currently tied for first place in the Portuguese league with Benfica.