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.
Mike e
Wednesday August 24, 2011 4:02 pm
So, what you guys are saying is that Traffic is "trafficing."
Monday August 22, 2011 2:50 pm
Robert, I disagree.

Young players should come to MLS. The kid is 19, playing in MLS would help him quite a bit if he signed maybe a two year contract, and then would be free to go elsewhere. I really don't think that the level of play with the low-level teams in the obscure Scandinavian leagues that many of our guys sign with is any better than in the US, and I also don't think the Scandinavian leagues have done a better job with getting US players better jobs with bigger clubs than the MLS. I just don't see how it is "real competition" for a 18-19 year old in Scandinavian leagues any more than it would be in the US.

Traffic is like any other agent or agency in that they are trying to make top dollar, but they are much more aggressive about fees and such than other agencies meaning players have trouble getting moved. The deal with Cologne is NOT finalized so don't use this or other possible Traffic deals to prove a point about getting recognized in Europe. Recognition means nothing if you can't move.
Tuesday August 9, 2011 7:42 am
Well Traffic aside, I'm glad he DID NOT sign on to play in MLS, MLS isn't going to pay him all that much and he decided to go for the brass ring... Europe, well he is still 19 years old and unless he is injured looks very likely to be included on our u-23 OLYMPIC team so that likely is where he will be playing in things stay as they are... but he needs to be pushed and frankly that wasn't likely to happen here... and if signed by MLS he is stuck here for three or four years and that just isn't going to help him as much as fighting for a spot against real competition in Europe... hope he makes it to the Budesliga, they have done a great deal for many of our players over the years and unlike England are not nearly as hard about getting a work permit for a non EU citizen.
Saturday August 6, 2011 7:34 pm
I had the pleasure of spending a few minutes talking with him in Portugal. He was definitely fed a pretty picture by Traffic. He did not realize how much they were going to demand for his transfer. This is why no team is taking him. He would do it a lot different if he had it to do over. A fantastic kid and will pull through this once he can finish with Traffic.
Friday August 5, 2011 12:32 am
It is sad the way traffic is handling young soccer talents. Surely, it not everyday we see great potential develop within our soccer circle and for traffic not to find them or him in this case a good home where they can sharpen their arsenals to help bring our national team to where we know it could be, on top and doing great. I mean Traffic doesn't seem to care about its players. It cares more about how much money they can make off them. This in turn put a lot of mental stress on the players that could affect their games.

Some protective body need to be in place to help protect our young talents from organization like traffic. Honestly, it s ridiculous what traffic is doing.
Thursday August 4, 2011 3:46 pm
@Dave thanks for pointing that out dave. I was about to say the same. Last time I checked they were a first div. Bundesliga team with the likes of Lukas Podolski.... Good shout Dave!
Thursday August 4, 2011 11:56 am
At first I liked Traffic, they were signing young unsigned players, giving them a shot at good clubs and helping with their development. But now I see that Traffic is nothing less than a typical faceless corporation looking to make money no matter what. How many time have we heard of a player being rejected because of Traffic's demands? The clubs themselves are not bad, had Gale signed a long term deal with the Swedish club he would be in good position for the USMNT. But now they him bouncing around and Lord knows where he will be a year from now.
Thursday August 4, 2011 11:13 am
@Julian While I share you concern with traffic, cologne is not a lower level club and neither was the Swedish team he was playing for. They are both higher quality than the mls.
Mike Sims
Thursday August 4, 2011 10:47 am
I agree. Traffic seems so sketchy to me. No question this kid would be better off playing in the MLS. He would be getting consistent professional training, getting professional minutes, and be close to the national team staff. Oh, he would also be making some decent money for a 19yr old (probably around the 85k-100k range)
Julian Y
Thursday August 4, 2011 8:15 am
Is anyone else a little uneasy of how Traffic Sports seems to handle its players? It seems like every time I read an article about a young American being ferried around to some obscure foreign club, the player is associated with Traffic. Surely MLS is a better option for developing young, raw talent than some of the lower level European teams Traffic Sports ships players to?

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