What They're Saying: Julian Gressel

“I never really expected it to go this way, to kind of embrace the American culture the way that I feel like I have. I’m really excited to be seeing even more of what this beautiful country is made of…. There’s a certain pride that comes with it, where I’ve lived here for so long and I’ve been a part of this community in this country for so long, where it’d just be a tremendous honor [to play for the national team]. I feel like this is my home and I think that feeling that I have — I’m just very passionate about it. I’d give everything I have on the soccer field for the U.S.”

-- German Julian Gressel, who came to the UniteJulian Gresseld States to attend Providence College and now stars for Atlanta United, on the chance to play for the USA if he gains U.S. citizenship. Gressel, who holds a green card following his marriage to his college sweetheart, will be eligible to apply for naturalization in May 2022 if all goes as planned. But if stalled contract talks with Atlanta United extend into next season, he might be forced to move to a foreign club in 2021, complicating his quest for speedy citizenship. (The Athletic)
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