- Associated Press - Thursday, February 17, 2011

STOCKHOLM (AP) - American defender Gale Agbossoumonde has joined Swedish club Djurgarden on a six-month loan.

The Stockholm club, which plays in Sweden’s top Allsvenskan league, says the contract was signed on Thursday.

The 19-year-old impressed Djurgarden’s coaching staff during a two-week trial and is expected to have a good shot at making the starting lineup when the Swedish season kicks off in April.

Agbossoumonde says: “I feel we have a very good team and I think we will do well in Allsvenskan.”

In December, Agbossoumonde was cited as the top young male player of 2010 by the U.S. Soccer Federation. He has previously been with Miami FC and Portuguese clubs Sporting Braga and Estoril. He made his debut for the U.S. national team in November and is on the American under-20 team.