Player Details


Gedion Zelalem


5' 11"


163 lbs

Date of Birth

1.26.1997 (27)



Position Detail


Preferred Side




Roster Category

Supplemental Slots 21-24
Career Summary


2021: Zelalem made his way back into the first team picture and recorded seven appearances for the Club in the process.

2020: The midfielder endured a difficult season disrupted by injury and was limited to just one MLS appearance in 2020.

2013 - 2019: Gedion joined Arsenal as a 16 year-old in 2013 and spent six seasons with the Premier League club. Zelalem made his debut in 2014 during an FA Cup win over Coventry City. He went on to make four total appearances for Arsenal’s first team including a substitute role in a UEFA Champions League match against Galatasaray. Rangers acquired Zelalem on-loan from Arsenal in 2015. The midfielder played 28 matches and had eight assists as he helped the Scottish club win promotion back to the Scottish Premiership. Zelalem was loaned to Dutch side VVV-Venlo in January of 2017, where he played nine times and once again won silverware as VVV finished in first place in the 2016-2017 Eerste Divisie.

Youth Career: Though born in Berlin, Germany, Zelalem moved to the United States and settled in the Washington D.C area. While there, he played for the Olney Rangers under the tutelage of NYCFC U-19 Head Coach Matt Pilkington.

HOW ACQUIRED: Gedion Zelalem signed for New York City FC on January 11, 2020. A former Germany and United States youth international, Gedion signed from Sporting KC after spells with Arsenal and Rangers.