Player Details


Julian Gressel


6' 1"


185 lbs

Date of Birth

12.16.1993 (27)


Neustadt an der Aisch, Germany



Position Detail

Wing Back

Preferred Side


Roster Category

2021 MLS Regular Season
2021 MLS Regular Season
Career Summary

MLS Experience

2019 (Atlanta United): In his third season in MLS, Gressel helped Atlanta United secure a second-place finish in the Eastern Conference. The midfielder scored a career-high six goals during the regular season and recorded 12 assists in 33 appearances (31 starts). Gressel created 71 chances for Atlanta and was named to MLS Team of the Week on three occasions. In the playoffs, Gressel continued to show his attacking ability as he recorded an assist and two goals in three matches, though Atlanta were defeated in the Eastern Conference Finals by Toronto.

2018 (Atlanta Untied): Gressel followed up his Rookie of the Year campaign with another impressive season for Atlanta United. The German scored four goals and led Atlanta United with a career-high 14 assists in 33 appearances (all starts). Once again Gressel showed his ability to pull the strings in the midfield as he created 58 chances for Atlanta. During the playoffs, Gressel recorded another assist as he was influential in helping Atlanta United win their first ever MLS Cup.

2017 (Atlanta United): After being drafted number eight overall in the 2017 MLS Superdraft, Gressel immediately made an impact after earning a spot in the starting lineup for Atlanta United's inaugural season. Whether Gressel was utilized as an attacking midfielder or as a winger, the German impressed with his ability to provide service for his teammates. Gressel finished his debut season with nine assists and five goals on his way to being named the 2017 MLS Rookie of the Year.

College Experience

After spending his youth career in Germany, Julian Gressel committed to play at Providence College in Rhode Island. During his four seasons playing for Providence, Gressel earned a handful of honors as he established himself as one of the brightest young prospects in the nation. He finished his collegiate career with 30 goals and 26 assists in 74 appearances.

  • MAC Hermann Top-15 Semifinalist (2016)

  • NSCAA All-America First Team (2016)

  • Big East Offensive Player of the Year (2016)

  • All-Big East First Team (2016)

  • Big East All-Tournament Team (2014, 2015, 2016)

  • Big East All-Rookie Team (2013)

  • All-Big East Second Team (2013, 2015)


D.C. United acquire Julian Gressel from Atlanta United in exchange for $650,000 in TAM in 2020 and $100,000 in 2021 with additional compensation owed to Atlanta if incentives based on performance are met.


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