MLS pro Julian Gressel: “The time to move to Germany is over”

Second MLS title within reach

In the United States, Middle Franconian-born Julian Gressel found a new home and even a new citizenship, as well as international appearances for the United States. As the winger’s years passed at different MLS clubs, the possibility of returning to his home country diminished again, as Gressel said. On Saturday, he can be crowned champion again with Columbus Crew.

“These days, I will be 30 years old (on December 16, editor’s note). The days of moving to Germany are probably over, I’m honest. But you should never say never,” Gressel explained in an interview with “Kicker” magazine. After moving to the United States, the Fürth alumnus became a US national player. He emphasized: “I am very proud of it. »

Messi, Insigne, Shaqiri & Co.: the highest paid players in MLS

Carlos Vela | LAFC | Salary: $4.4 million

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Source: MLSPA Salary Guide (September 15, 2023). All figures include guaranteed amounts only.

Joseph Martinez | Inter Miami CF | Salary: $4.4 million

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Christian Bentéké | DC United | Salary: $4.4 million

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Douglas Costa | THE Galaxy | Salary: $4.5 million

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Hector Herrera | Houston Dynamo | Salary: $5.2 million

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Federico Bernardeschi | Toronto FC | Salary: $6.3 million

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Chicharito | THE Galaxy | Salary: $7.4 million

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Xherdan Shaqiri | Chicago Fire | Salary: $8.2 million

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Lorenzo Insigne | Toronto FC | Salary: $15.4 million

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Lionel Messi | Inter Miami CF | Salary: $20.5 million

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Gressel joined the University of Providence in Rhode Island in 2013 after one season with Eintracht Bamberg and landed at Atlanta United in the 2017 MLS draft. Three years later, he joined DC United, where former Coach Wayne Rooney obviously couldn’t do much with him. The capital club sold Gressel to Vancouver, which, according to his own statements, surprised him. A year later, in 2023, he returned to the United States as part of the Columbus Crew. Next Saturday, Gressel will win his second MLS Cup title after 2018 (with Atlanta) in the championship final.

The change of residence “did not happen without,” as Gressel assured, “also a change of country. We bought a house in Washington DC and had to sell it immediately. Fortunately, the clubs and the league are very helpful and know the toll this takes on families. (…) We have two young children and my wife’s family lives near Boston. So we wanted to get closer to the East Coast again.”

Gressel aims for second MLS title with Columbus – final against LAFC

With his Ohio club, Gressel won last Saturday in the semifinals of the playoffs against the favorite winner of the main round, FC Cincinnati, 3-2 after extra time after being down 2-0. The defending champion, Los Angeles FC, awaits next Saturday (10 p.m.). The Californians accompanied by 39-year-old central defender Giorgio Chiellini beat Houston Dynamo 2-0 (1-0) at home in the duel for the Western Conference title, but did not do as well as Columbus in the main round , which means that Gressel and his colleagues will be able to host the final in their own stadium.

From 18,000 to 71,000: all MLS stadiums by capacity

DRV PNK Stadium – Inter Miami CF – Capacity: 18,000 people

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PayPal Park – San Jose Earthquakes – Capacity: 18,000

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Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – Colorado Rapids – Capacity: 18,061

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Children’s Mercy Park – Sporting Kansas City – Capacity: 18,467

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Subaru Park – Philadelphia Union – Capacity: 18,500

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Allianz Field – Minnesota United FC – Capacity: 19,400

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Saputo Stadium – CF Montreal – Capacity: 19,619

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New Columbus Crew stadium – Columbus Crew SC – Capacity: 20,000

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Audi Field – DC United – Capacity: 20,000

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Gillette Stadium – New England Revolution – Capacity: 20,000

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Actual capacity: 65,878. Reduced for (Site notre bureau spécialisé) matches

America First Field – Real Salt Lake City – Capacity: 20,213

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Q2 Stadium – Austin FC – Capacity: 20,500

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Toyota Stadium – FC Dallas – Capacity: 20,500

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BMO Stadium – Los Angeles FC – Capacity: 22,000

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BBVA Stadium – Houston Dynamo FC – Capacity: 22,039

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BC Place – Vancouver Whitecaps FC – Capacity: 22,120

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Actual capacity: 54,500 people. Discounted for (Site notre bureau spécialisé) matches

CITYPARK – Saint-Louis CITY SC – Capacity: 22,500

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Soldier Field – Chicago Fire FC – Capacity: 24,955

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Actual capacity: 61,500 people. Discounted for (Site notre bureau spécialisé) matches

Red Bull Arena – New York Red Bulls – Capacity: 25,000 people

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Providence Park – Portland Timbers – Capacity: 25,218

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Exploria Stadium – Orlando City SC – Capacity: 25,500

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TQL Stadium – FC Cincinnati – Capacity: 26,000

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Dignity Health Sports Park – Los Angeles Galaxy – Capacity: 27,000 people

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BMO Field – Toronto FC – Capacity: 28,351

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GEODIS Park – Nashville SC – Capacity: 30,000

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Yankee Stadium – New York City FC – Capacity: 30,321

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Actual capacity: 54,251. Reduced for (Site notre bureau spécialisé) matches. New York City FC is also moving to Red Bull Arena.

Snapdragon Stadium – San Diego – Capacity: 32,000

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Home of San Diego expansion team starting in 2025

Lumen Field – Seattle Sounders FC – Capacity: 37,722

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Actual capacity: 68,740. Reduced for (Site notre bureau spécialisé) matches

Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte FC – Capacity: 38,000 people

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Actual capacity: 74,867. Reduced for (Site notre bureau spécialisé) matches. Some games at full capacity.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta United FC – Capacity: 71,000

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Actual capacity: 75,000 people. Discounted for (Site notre bureau spécialisé) matches

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