CLINT WADDELL - Thursday, August 4, 2011
American defender Gale Agbossoumonde has been on trial with FC Cologne of the German Bundesliga this week. The 19-year-old took part in the team's friendly on Tuesday against a team made up of local amateurs.
Cologne's head coach Stale Solbakken watched from the sidelines but the team was made up of mostly second string players, as well as Agbossoumonde and Albanian Armando Vajushi - both on trial. Agbossoumonde played the last 45 minutes of the lopsided game that ended 7-0.
The Swedish tabloids had previously reported that Agbossoumonde had already signed a six-month deal with FC Cologne, but the team has not commented on if or how long the young defender will be staying in Cologne. Solbakken has confirmed to the local media that the American will be training with Cologne's U-21 team for the time being.
The player's rights currently subside with the Traffic investment group and an option to extend Agbossoumonde's loan with previous club Djurgarden was not picked up.
According to the German soccer magazine Kicker, who quoted FC Cologne's Technical Director Völker Finke, the fact that the player's rights must be purchased from Traffic might make an immediate transfer unlikely.