Among the more intriguing names on the list of trialists at the first day of Seattle Sounders was former USMNT prospect Gale Agbossoumonde.
Still just 25, the former U.S. Soccer Young Athlete of the Year (2010) is fresh off his most productive professional season, making 28 starts for the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL.
It wasn’t all that long ago that Agbossoumonde was widely hailed as the United States’ top defensive prospect. The day he turned 19, he got his first USMNT cap and many believed him a near lock for the 2014 World Cup team.
It didn’t quite work out that way. His career was originally derailed after he signed with Traffic Sports — an agency that has been recently embroiled in bribery allegations — and couldn’t find regular minutes. He eventually landed with Toronto FC in 2013, only to make just 13 appearances over parts of two seasons. The last three years have been spent mostly in the NASL.
"Agbossoumonde is a really good athlete," Sounders GM and President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey said. "He was highly touted as a U-20. Chris Henderson and I both scouted him for different teams at the time. We're both really excited about him.
"Kurt Schmid reached out to his agent, and he was available at the end of the NASL season. He's a kid that for one reason or another, has never caught on on a full time basis at MLS level. He's the quintessential preseason camp invite. He's got a ton of talent, you can see the frame he's got. He's got a good pedigree, we'll see how he does in camp."