Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Toronto FC announced Thursday that it has acquired defender Gale Agbossoumonde through a weighted lottery conducted at MLS headquarters.
The Canadian side was one of six teams to participate in Thursday's lottery, coming in with a 57.3 percent chance of landing the highly-touted defender. Also entering the lottery process were FC Dallas (25.9 percent), the Houston Dynamo (9.5 percent), Seattle Sounders FC (5 percent), Los Angeles (1.9 percent) and San Jose (0.04 percent).
"We're thrilled to have Gale Agbossoumonde join Toronto FC," said TFC President and General Manager, Kevin Payne. "He's a young and immensely talented center-back with solid international experience at the U-17 and U-20 level for the United States, and we hope he will be a member of our team for years to come."
Agbossoumonde was named the U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year in 2010 has been a staple for the America's U-17 and U-20 national teams.
On the club side, the 21-year-old was handed his professional debut in 2009 by Miami FC of the USL, making nine appearances during the season. He has enjoyed loan spells across Europe with Sporting Braga, Estoril Praia, Djurgarden and Eintracht Frankfurt II before settling with Carolina Railhawks of the NASL.