HOW ACQUIRED: Traded from Atlanta on January 21, 2020.
Gressel has been one of the top playmakers in MLS since he entered the league back in 2017 as a SuperDraft pick, collecting 35 assists in his first three professional seasons. He is maybe the most versatile player in the league, with the ability to play as a central midfielder, attacking midfielder, right back, right wingback or right winger. He'll look to truly flex his muscles in 2021 after struggling in his first season with D.C. United.
COLLEGE: A four-year starter at Providence, Gressel made 83 career appearances while scoring 30 goals and tallying 26 assists. He finished second all-time in Providence history for goals, assists and points. The Germany native was named Big East Co-Offensive Player of the Year (2016), First Team All-Big East (2016), Big East All-Tournament Team (2016, 2015, 2014) and Big East All-Rookie Team (2013). He also helped pilot the Friars to the Semifinals of the NCAA College Cup in 2014.
YOUTH: Prior to attending Providence, Gressel played at several German Clubs including TSV Neustadt/Aisch, FC Eintracht Bamberg and SG Quelle Furth.
NOTES: Selected No. 8 overall in 2017 SuperDraft...MLS Cup champion (2017)...U.S. Open champion (2019)...Campeones Cup (2019)...2017 MLS Rookie of the Year.