Player Details


Julian Gressel


6' 1"


209 lbs

Date of Birth

12.16.1993 (27)



Position Detail

Attacking Midfielder

Preferred Side


Roster Category

2021 MLS Regular Season
2021 MLS Regular Season


Career Summary

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.



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