Gressel has scored nine goals and added 25 assists the past two seasons in league play. He was named the Rookie of the Year for the 2017 season after Atlanta United selected him with the eighth pick in the draft.
Gressel, a 25-year-old native of Germany, covered a range of topics Thursday, including whether he would be interested in possibly playing for the U.S. men’s national team. He married a U.S. citizen in December and has applied for a Green Card.
“It doesn’t really matter if it’s any interest to me because there’s simply no way for me to play for the U.S. men’s national team,” he said. “I’m not an American citizen. There’s a chance for me to become one, but that’s still years down the road. I don’t have my Green Card. That doesn’t even qualify me for citizenship. There’s a lot of hoops to jump through before that’s a possibility, therefore I don’t have an opinion.”
However, Gressel would move quickly if he were invited to play for the German national team.
“If there were a call right now, there would no hesitation to say yes,” he said.
As for returning to play club soccer in Germany, Gressel said it would have to be the right fit. He said it’s a dream to play in Germany. He still closely follows the Bundesliga and that the dream will probably stay with him until it’s fulfilled or he dies.
But he said it’s also a dream to continue playing in the U.S.
“It’s just a matter of what comes up and where my career is headed,” he said.