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Agbossoumonde does Syracuse proud–signs with Braga in Portugal

Gale Agbossoumonde

Gale Agbossoumonde

Gale Agbossoumonde, the 18-year-old Miami FC and US U-20 national team defender, has signed with Portugese Braga, according to Yanks Abroad. Agbossoumonde started in every game of the U-20 World Cup last year and rumors have been swirling for months that Braga, who are tied for first place in the Portugese Liga, were interested in him.

Agbossoumonde was born in Togo, later fled to Benin, and then immigrated to the United States with his family as a refugee. He was discovered when the Syracuse Blitz, the premier youth club in the area, watched him and brothers playing at Barry Park on the city’s east side. Barry Park is a well-known destination among Syracuse’s large refugee population, featuring almost daily pick-up games (it’s also about a five minute walk from my house)

According to Yanks Abroad, Agbossoumonde will initially play with Braga’s youth team, but may be called up to play with the full side.

“Right now he’s playing with the junior team,” Clavijo said. “We’ve heard that he will be training with the first team soon. Everyone was surprised with him – first of all because of his [young age] and his size but also with the quality of his play. It was good news for us altogether.”

Michael Wheeler, founder and president of the sports agency, claims on on his Twitter accunt (@USSoccerAgent) that Agbossoumonde has been more than impressing scouts in Portugal:

C. Horridus would like to wish Mr. Agbossoumonde the best of luck in his Portugese adventure. And here’s hoping he continues in his obliteration of any and all strikers that come his way.

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As a side-note, Agbossoumonde’s older brother, Mawuena, is a freshman at Syracuse University and played in 13 games last season. I saw him play a few times and was impressed with is raw talent. With yesterday’s hiring of Hartwick’s Ian McIntyre to head the program, there’s good chance Mawuena will see more playing time this season, as McIntyre seems to be a far more shrewd judge of talent than his predecessor.

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