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U.S. Under-23 national team defender Gale Agbossoumonde is set to finalize a loan move to the NASL's Carolina RailHawks today, sources told SBI.
The 20-year-old Agbossoumonde has been on a constant quest for consistent playing time for the better part of the last three years, having stints with Sporting Braga in Portugal, Djurgardens IF in Sweden and Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany yield few first-team minutes.
With Carolina, he does not figure to have that problem, and the move provides him a platform to improve while working toward making the U.S. Olympic qualifying roster and this summer's Olympic tournament, should the United States qualify. He'll be on loan from Portuguese second division side Estoril, which holds his rights through the summer of 2013.
The move to Carolina comes a couple of weeks after Agbossoumonde passed on a chance to sign with MLS. Instead of locking himself into a multi-year deal, like he did upon signing with Traffic in 2009, Agbossoumonde will see out the final year of his current deal in Carolina before becoming a free agent in the summer of 2013, a move that could pay major dividends with strong showings for the RailHawks and the U-23s this year.
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