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Julian Gressel (born 16 December 1993) is a German footballer who plays as a midfielder for Atlanta United FC in Major League Soccer.

Julian Gressel
2018-09-05 - Atlanta United - Julian Gressel.jpg
Gressel with Atlanta United in 2018
Personal information
Full name Julian Gressel
Date of birth (1993-12-16) 16 December 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Neustadt, Germany
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Atlanta United
Number 24
Youth career
2002–2009 SpVgg Greuther Fürth
2009–2011 Quelle Fürth
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2016 Providence Friars 83 (30)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 TSV Neustadt/Aisch 25 (3)
2012–2013 Eintracht Bamberg 32 (1)
2017– Atlanta United 94 (13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 September 2019

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CareerEdit

YouthEdit

Gressel began his footballing career by playing in the youth academy systems of 2. Bundesliga side, SpVgg Greuther Fürth in 2002. In 2009, Gressel left Greuther Fürth and began playing for the academy set-up of Quelle Fürth.[1]

CollegiateEdit

Before the 2013 NCAA Division I men's soccer season, Gressel signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Providence College's men's soccer program. During the 2013 season, Gressel was an immediate starter, starting and playing in all 22 fixtures the Friars played in.[1] Gressel scored on his collegiate debut on 30 August 2013, in a 3–2 victory over Quinnipiac.[2] In his freshman season, the Friars managed to reach the championship match of the 2013 Big East Men's Soccer Tournament, before losing 3–2 against Marquette.[3] The Friars ultimately earned an at-large bid into the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship, where they reached the second round before losing to the fifth-seeded, Maryland.[4] Gressel finished his freshman year with five goals and four assists.[5] He was also awarded with a spot on the 2013 All-Big East Conference Second Team, and on the All-Rookie Team.[1]

During his sophomore and junior seasons, Gressel earned honors on the Big East Conference All-Tournament teams for both the 2014 and 2015 editions of the tournaments.[6] Additionally, during his junior season, Gressell earned spots on the NSCAA Third Team All-Great Lakes Region and the Second Team All-Big East Conference.[6]

Gressel had a breakout season during his senior year at Providence. He led the Friars in total points with 36, accumulating 15 goals and six assists his senior year.[7] Gressel was also rewarded with the Golden Boot award for scoring the most goals during the 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship, during a quarterfinal run which saw Providence, beat CAA Champions, Delaware,[8] upset top-seeded and Big Ten Champions, Maryland,[9] and defeat Big East-rivals, Creighton.[10] In addition, Gressell was listed an NSCAA First Team All-American and a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy.[11] Gressel additionally earned All-Great Lakes First Team honors,[12] All-Big East Conference First Team honors,[13] part of the 2016 Big East Men's Soccer Tournament's first team,[14] and the All-Tournament team for the Rhode Island Capital City Classic.[1]

ProfessionalEdit

 
2017-09-24, Anton Walkes and Julian Gressel

Prior to Providence College, Gressel played senior-level football in the German regional fifth-tier, the Bayernliga. During the 2011–12 Bayernliga, Gressel had one goal and ten assists.[1] The following season, Gressel played for TSV Neustadt/Aisch in the sixth tier, Landesliga Bayern-Nordwest, where Gressel notched three goals and 12 assists during the 2012–13 Landesliga Bayern-Nordwest campaign.[1]

Ahead of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, Gressel signed a senior college contract with Major League Soccer. Per league policy the terms were not disclosed.[15] On January 13, 2017, Gressel was selected by Atlanta United FC in the first round with the eighth overall pick. Gressel made his professional debut for Atlanta United on March 5, 2017 in a 1–2 loss against New York Red Bulls.

On 8 November 2017, Gressel won the MLS Rookie of the Year honors.[16]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played on 17 July 2019[17][18]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Eintracht Bamberg 2012–13 Regionalliga Bayern 32 1 0 0 32 1
Atlanta United 2017 MLS 32 5 2 1 1 0 35 6
2018 MLS 33 4 2 0 3 0 38 4
2019 MLS 21 4 1 0 2 2 24 6
Total 86 13 5 1 6 2 97 16
Career totals 118 14 5 1 6 2 129 17

HonorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Player Profile: Julian Gressel". Providence Friars. Friars.com. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  2. ^ "Men's Soccer Defeats Quinnipiac In Home Opener, 3-2". Providence Friars. Friars.com. August 30, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  3. ^ "Providence College vs Marquette (Nov 17, 2013) Box Score". Providence Friars. Friars.com. November 17, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  4. ^ "Terps Advance to 12th Straight NCAA Round of 16". Maryland Terrapins. UMTerps.com. November 24, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  5. ^ "2013 Providence Men's Soccer Cumulative Season Statistics". Providence Friars. Friars.com. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Big East Conference Men's Soccer Record Book" (PDF). Big East Conference. BigEast.com. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  7. ^ "Providence College Men's Soccer 2016 Statistics: Overall Individual Statistics". Providence Friars. Friars.com. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  8. ^ "Men's Soccer Advances to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament with 2-0 Win Over Delaware". Providence Friars. Friars.com. November 17, 2016. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  9. ^ Goff, Steven (November 20, 2016). "No. 1 seed Terps squander three-goal lead, lose 5-4 in NCAA men's soccer tournament". The Baltimore Sun. tronc. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  10. ^ "Men's Soccer Advances To NCAA Quarterfinals With Victory At Creighton, 2-1". Providence Friars. Friars.com. November 26, 2016. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  11. ^ "Julian Gressel Named 2016 NSCAA First-Team All-American". Providence Friars. Friars.com. December 9, 2016. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  12. ^ "2016 NSCAA NCAA Division I Men's All-Great Lakes Region Teams". National Soccer Coaches Association of America. NSCAA.com. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  13. ^ "BIG EAST Announces Men's Soccer Regular Season Awards". Big East Conference. BigEast.com. November 5, 2016. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  14. ^ "Butler Wins BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship Title". Big East Conference. November 13, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  15. ^ Stejskal, Sam (January 4, 2017). "MLS announces 2017 Generation adidas class and senior signings". Major League Soccer. MLSSoccer.com. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  16. ^ "Der deutsche Super-Rookie". kicker (in German). 9 November 2017. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  17. ^ Julian Gressel at Soccerway. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  18. ^ "Julian Gressel » Club matches". World Football. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  19. ^ Stejskal, Sam (November 8, 2017). "Atlanta midfielder Julian Gressel wins 2017 AT&T MLS Rookie of the Year". Major League Soccer. Retrieved November 7, 2017.

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