Toronto won the rights to the 21-year-old via a lottery held Thursday.TORONTO - Sometimes it's good to be bad.
Toronto FC benefited from its league-worst record in 2012 on Thursday, when it was reported by Soccer By Ives that the club had won a weighted lottery for incoming American defender Gale Agbossoumonde. Several sources have since confirmed to Goal.com that TFC had indeed landed the central defender.
The 21-year-old signed with the league and was immediately placed into a lottery process. TFC, as the league's bottom feeder this past season, owned the best shot at landing Agbossoumonde compared to the other teams that threw their names in the ring, reported to include the likes of LA Galaxy, FC Dallas, and the Seattle Sounders.
Agbossoumonde has earned many caps for the United States as a youth player, and he's made one appearance for the full national team. He joins Toronto from NASL side Carolina Railhawks, where he was on loan from Portuguese outfit Estoril.
TFC has now added Agbossoumonde and veteran Danny Califf to a backline that was identified by the team's braintrust as in need of major improvements over the offseason. Toronto also owns the Nos. 1 and 3 selections in next month's MLS SuperDraft.