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Atlanta United trades Julian Gressel to D.C. United

Julian Gressel’s time in Atlanta has come to an end.

The 2017 Rookie of the Year has traded by Atlanta United to D.C. United in a package that could be worth up to $1.1 million depending on undisclosed performance-based incentives.

Atlanta United is receiving $650,000 in Targeted Allocation Money in 2020 and another $100,000 in TAM in 2021. Undisclosed performance-based metrics can raise that overall amount by another $350,000.

Gressel and Atlanta United have been at an impasse this winter with regards to a potential contract extension. The main issue has been a desire from the 26-year-old Gressel for a significant raise, one that Atlanta United has seemingly not been willing to meet.

D.C. United is, however, and will reportedly pay him up to $700,000 per year over the next four seasons, a notable raise from the $114,000 he made in 2019.

Gressel has been a mainstay for Atlanta United from the very beginning of his career in 2017. He has appeared in 98 regular season games for the Five Stripes, scoring 15 goals and providing 35 assists. Last season, he appeared in all but one game and scored eight goals, including a pair in the playoffs.


  1. Gressel is def a fan favorite. His passing and beautiful crosses will be missed. Pity has more space to operate, which is bad for Orlando City & the rest of the East.

    • While I agree with you and like this signing, I’m still not sure WTF Olsen is doing with this roster/team. Still trying to figure out who’s going to be the goal scorer and what the defense is going to comprised of. Too many holes still to fill in this roster.

    • Naw, we good. 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 on the way. He had no place on the field anymore. We got significant dollars for him. It was likely the best option we had to benefit him and us.


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