Agbossoumonde to join Eintracht Frankfurt

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Germany appears to be the latest stop in Gale Agbossoumonde's quest for club stability.

The United States Under-20 centerback is set to join Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany's second division, the same club that currently employs U.S. international Ricardo Clark.

Agbossoumonde spent the first half of the year with Djurgardens IF in Sweden's top flight. He began his stint as a starter but ultimately was reduced to a reserve before the club opted not to exercise its option to purchase his contract outright this summer.

Agbossoumonde will be on loan at Frankfurt, which will have an option to buy his contract when the loan expires.

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46 Responses to Agbossoumonde to join Eintracht Frankfurt

  1. DC Josh says:

    He has had an interesting journey in Europe. For so much talent, he struggles to establish himself at the club level. Hoping the best for him, but if he can’t make it in Frankfurt, he should come back to MLS.

  2. wc says:

    Is there a single TRAFFIC success story?

  3. Timmy says:

    From Greg Seltzer: 11:25 am ET: Gale Agbossoumonde (UPDATE). Agbossoumonde’s loan to Eintracht Frankfurt appears to be for the second team, which plays in the fourth flight. (GREG SELTZER/Amsterdam)

  4. ABodnar27 says:

    His career will take off when his contract with Traffic Sports ends.

  5. Andrew says:

    I wonder if some folks are trying to get into the Germany system from other EU leagues…maybe hopping this makes for better connection to the new coach or maybe he can use his influence in some way to help when needed with club issues.

  6. Bryan says:

    Let this be a cautionary tale to any young player who wants to sign with Traffic. I’m just appalled by those guys.

  7. soccerroo says:

    does anybody know when his contract expires with Traffic?

  8. ChrisTheLSUTiger says:

    Awesome… Not.

  9. Seriously says:

    Dammit man you made me spit on my screen!

    +1,000,000 for making me laugh that hard. Well played.

  10. bryan says:

    yikes

  11. RangerSG says:

    This is bad for either him or Clark, since Ricardo’s been employed @ CB by Frankfurt already.

  12. abc says:

    While I hate Traffic Sports and am happy to see them get bashed, they got him into a good position at Djurgardens, where Boss played terribly, making some of the same types of mistakes that got our U-20 team eliminated from World Cup qualifying. In addition he had maturity issues that got him benched. And of course the team started to win once they had a CB who wasn’t a complete disaster, so he was removed from their plans after they had started out quite high on him. The dude has a ten cent head right now (problems both on and off the field), and who knows if that will ever change. And Traffic Sports cannot be blamed for that, it’s all on Boss. He has TONS of potential, but as of now he is pretty much terrible.

  13. OC says:

    Maybe a good position, but lack of stability, miles from home, in a teenager’s life may just effect the way he plays on the field… Just my opinion. It has to take it’s mental toll knowing what type of bs you’re going through.

    Not necessarily saying he shouldn’t have siezed the opportunity, just saying it might not have been that easy for him.

  14. abc says:

    He chose to be a professional, he could be at a US college right now if he wanted stability.

  15. mwc says:

    Hilarious.

  16. Adam says:

    Another example of where a player should have played in MLS.

    Memo to US youth nationals: Establish yourself in MLS, then move abroad unless you plan on going through a European academy and progressing to the first team that way. You can’t go from the Chicago Sockers to first team at a major club.

  17. dgoshilla says:

    If you’re American and your 17-20 and haven’t been in Europe at a youth academy you should be in MLS. That’s how I see things.

  18. Mark says:

    You really think Frankfurt is going to take a guy who has been a complete failure at every level (both club and international) and thrust him into their first team right away. Put down the crack pipe.

  19. A says:

    F Traffic.

    That is all.

  20. Mark says:

    This kid is one of the most awful US prospects I’ve seen in a long time. A perfect example of the piss poor US scouting system.

    See a kid who is physically dominant and towers over his peers at age fifteen but has no real skill or no soccer brain. The rest of the world does scouting the opposite. They look for skill and brains first and the mold him into an athlete.

  21. Mark says:

    Where is the logic in that? He’s had opportunities with Braga and Djundargen and he’s been awful for both. Traffic has given him the opportunities but its him that blew it. How is it Traffic’s fault if he sucks?

  22. Mark says:

    How is it Traffic’s fault if he sucks? That’s like saying if I’m actor and my agent got me an audition for the new Batman movie. If I blew the audition, why is it my agent’s fault?

    Gotta love US Soccer fan stupidity

  23. A says:

    Sucks?

    Almost every team he has been loaned to has wanted to exercise the buy option in his loan contract.

    You know what stopped each team? Traffic reneging on contract items by turning around and increasing the buy option price when they found interest.

    But yeah, I’m the stupid one. Idiot.

  24. DirtyLeeds says:

    jesus, just stfu, you sound like a broken record. Did Gale sleep with your mom or something?

    The KID is 19/20 and his career isnt over yet by any means. Go find a hobby you sad act.

  25. Judging Amy says:

    “The rest of the world does scouting the opposite. They look for skill and brains first and the mold him into an athlete.”

    I’m kinda with you on the Traffic is getting overly hated on kick but that statement is nonsensical to me. You can’t teach speed, strength, height. You can definitely craft skill and tactics (soccer brains) to a greater extent.

    Soccer scouts all over the world get excited about great athletes. To say otherwise is crazy.

  26. Mark says:

    Spain, Argentina, Uruguay, and Italy didn’t win the World Cup by picking great athletes. They picked great soccer players with great skill and brains.

    The US will NEVER will a World Cup until this mentality changes.

  27. Mark says:

    What the hell are you talking about? Djundargen had 0 interest in buying him. He was so awful for them, he was benched halfway through the season and never played again.

  28. Eurosnob says:

    Mark, those fans are not as stupid as it might seem. Traffic owns rights to Boss, they pay his salary and rent him to the highest bidding team. Although they are interested in protecting their investment, player development is not their highest priority. Even so, Boss has plenty of raw talent and his upside is greater than of Ream, Gonzalez or Opara. He does not suck – just needs playing time. Braga, a team that is good at evaluating talent, gave him playing time and tried to buy his rights from Traffic. However, the deal fell apart with Braga and Traffic blaming each other. Traffic sent him Estoril, a Portuguese second division team, which Traffic owns to give him playing opportunities. However, Traffic did not register him in time (a big screw up) so he was unable to play in games. Certainly, this is a terrible situation for a young player who needs playing time plus even in practices the club would be focused on the players that they can field in the games. Just imagine how bad of a situation that is for a young developing player, particularly for his confidence, not being able to play in any games for a season and being neglected by the team’s technical staff in practices. Subsenquently, Traffic sent him to a mediocre Scandinavian team for eight games, where he had mixed performances (ranging from winning the man of the match as a starter and to being benched after arriving late to practice). Nobody is saying that Boss is not responsible for his performances, but Traffic bears significant amount of the blame.

  29. Mark says:

    You’re partly right. You can craft skill if the player has the right tools to begin with – ie a high level of intelligence, good instincts

    However, you will have a very difficult time crafting skill in someone who is below average in intelligence.

  30. Sean says:

    Here’s the problem with your position: in the US, there isn’t any difference in terms of soccer skill/brains between the great athletes and the average ones. Even if there were, the athleticism is where we have an advantage over the rest of the world. If we followed your plan, we would get slaughtered by the more “stylish” teams you mentioned, whereas now we can at least compete. So, going forward, why not keep finding the athletes and focus on teaching them to play with a more nuanced style?

  31. jlm says:

    Right, because we are on the brink of winning a world cup as it is. If only we would pick players that have better soccer iq and not all of those stupid pure athletes.

  32. Mark says:

    I completely agree with you that Traffic is a terrible organisation. But at the end of the day, it comes down to performance. If you perform that awful, that after 8 games a mediocre Swedish club drops you, then that tells me Boss’ ceiling is very low than someone like Perry Kitchen or George John. Those are the player we should be investing heavily in and developing.

    What about his awful performances for the US U-20’s? Single handily cost the US a U-20 World Cup berth with his mistakes. Should we blame Traffic also?

  33. Mark says:

    “So, going forward, why not keep finding the athletes and focus on teaching them to play with a more nuanced style?” Do you really want to watch the USMNT play ugly soccer the rest of your life?

    Short term: Yes, we should keep picking athletes if that’s our advantage. Long term: We CAN and WILL develop skilled players on par with Spain and Italy. Heck, Uruguay has THREE MILLION people and they can churn out world class players with skill. You’re telling me we’re not capable of that with 300 million?

  34. Jimmy Wang says:

    Τι είναι το Sports κυκλοφορίας;

  35. Mark says:

    and to add, WE DO have the skilled players in the U.S. We’re just not picking them because of the poor scouting and backwards “athlete” mentality.

    A great example is Vilyan Bijev. This kid never made the US U-17 or U-20 WC squads. Yet Liverpool scouts saw something in him that’s US scouts completely missed. Why is that?

  36. Seb says:

    Has anyone seen an update from SBI to confirm that this is the for the 2nd team? Not to bash, but I am a little disappointed at SBI if the update is true, as it would mark a BIG omission from the orig SBI post and one that prob should have been noted by SBI.

  37. Brendan says:

    The poster was mostly wrong. But without Traffic, his career would almost undoubtedly have been better. He would have had regular playing time and the fee Traffic requires wouldn’t deter full transfers.
    Gale has had opportunities with Djursgardens and in Portugal, but he hasn’t had chances to really develop. He’s on a constant try-out basis, always trying to impress a team. It’s true that he didn’t live up to initial expectations at Djursgardens, but his time in Portugal was spent mostly in training with Estoril Praia because he was locked out of the roster registrations.

  38. A says:

    Ένα φρικτό, φρικτό εταιρεία που ελέγχει παίκτες όπως αποθεμάτων.

  39. Eurosnob says:

    Perry Kitchen had a share of blunders this year and struggled with physical play at the centerback position, but it does not mean that his ceiling is low. Mistakes happen, they are part of development process for young players. It well may be that Kitchen and Boss will be starting CBs for the US 5-6 years from now. As for the U20 performances, it is unfair to single out Boss. He did not single handedly cost the US a U20 World Cup berth. If the attacking players realized 1/3 of their chances, the score would have been 8-2 in US favor. And the first goal was not Boss’s fault. The player who scored was marked by two other players from the US and the goalkeeper had a big blunder attempting the clearance. The second goal was a result of Hernandez, No. 4, loosing his man, and if you watch the replay carefully, Boss leaves his man, chases Hernandez’s man down and both go down following the collision outside the box. The ball bounces to another Guatemalan player and he scores. It you want to blame someone for this goal, blame Hernandez for his poor positioning. As for getting cut by a team after 8 games, it is not a measure of the player’s future success. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school team. Shevchenko was cut from Dynamo Kiev academy after failing the dribbiling test before being “discovered” by the coaches of the same club a couple years later. It did not prevent these players from having very successful careers.

  40. DirtyLeeds says:

    Not to mention that our CBs from the last World Cup were playing at UCLA, Clemson and UI-Chicago at his age for god sakes. I’m sure Mark was there at College to rip them and tell them they suck and would never have a career after every mistake they made as freshman/sophomores. Give me a break.

  41. Robin says:

    BANANAS!

  42. USAmr66 says:

    όλα τα κινέζικα στο mee

  43. Dennis says:

    I know some of the national team coaches (at least if they keep their positions). Everyone of them went to great lengths to point out that the tension between selecting a great athlete and a player with skill is very real. The impression I get is that the great athletes can get by on that alone for so long that they neglect technique and they generally do not listen to coaches (who in the teenager’s minds don’t seem to understand how great these athletic teenagers really are). The coaches are generally as frustrated as all of us with the obsinance of teenagers. Everyone of those coaches attempt to put these athletic players in situations where they cannot succeed by athleticism alone. The hope is to get the players to recognize the need to work to improve their skills and their soccer brains.

    Anyone who has ever tried to teach a teenager anything before he is ready knows the frustration.

    I think the whole thing is a process not only for the individuals, but for teams, regions and nations. It will take time. Go watch a tape of the US ’94 W.C. team and compare it to today’s team. Eric Wynalda’s and Alexi’s play was just not as good, no matter what they think, but Eric could strike a ball very well. Lalas was just a passable thug who learned good positioning.

  44. Edwin in LA says:

    I believe it’s next season so for the middle of 2012 or the beginning of the 2012-13 if you will?