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Atlanta’s Julian Gressel voted MLS Rookie of the Year

November 8, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Atlanta midfielder Julian Gressel has been voted Major League Soccer’s Rookie of the Year.

The 23-year-old German, selected with the eighth overall draft pick this year after playing at Providence, had five goals and nine assists in 32 league games, the third-most assists for a rookie behind 12 by Andy Williams and 10 by Clint Mathis, both in 1998.

He received an average of 54 percent of the vote in balloting by players, media and club management that was announced Wednesday.

Minnesota forward Abu Danladi, a 22-year-old from Ghana, was second with 8 percent after scoring eight goals in 27 games. San Jose defender Nick Lima was third with 4 percent, followed by D.C. United midfielder Ian Harkes — the son of former U.S. captain John Harkes — with 3 percent.

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