Gedion Zelalem completes move to the MLS

Congratulations to Gedion Zelalem who has completed his transfer to Sporting Kansas City from Arsenal today. He has signed a contract for the 2019 MLS season with further options for 2020 and 2021.

A dual citizen of Germany and the United States, Zelalem arrives in Kansas City after a six-year stint with Arsenal’s youth and senior teams. On the international stage, the midfielder represented Germany at the U-15 through U-17 levels before gaining U.S. citizenship in 2014 and competing for the United States U-20s and U-23s.

“Gedion is a talented player and we are excited to welcome him to the club,” Sporting KC Manager and Sporting Director Peter Vermes said. “We look forward to his integration into the squad as the team competes in multiple competitions throughout the season.”

Gedion spoke on his move to Kansas City…

I spoke to some of the players that I’ve played with, like Jeremy Ebobisse who gave me an insight about this club. They play a passing game which suits my style. It’s a great city, as well. MLS is growing every year so it’s a very attractive League and an attractive club, as well.

Gedion moved from the U.S. to London in early 2013 to join Arsenal’s prestigious academy, rising from the U-16s to the U-21s in his first year with the Gunners. He was part of Arsenal’s senior squad during a July 2013 preseason tour of Asia and made his first-team debut as a substitute in Arsenal’s 4-0 FA Cup victory over Coventry City on Jan. 24, 2014. The following December, Zelalem earned his UEFA Champions League debut in a 4-1 away win against Turkish giants Galatasaray.

He then moved to Rangers FC for the 2015-16 season, where he gain vital first team experience. He racked up 28 appearances for the Glasgow club in all competitions, guiding Rangers to the Scottish Challenge Cup title, a first-place finish in the Scottish Championship and subsequent promotion to the Scottish Premiership.

Gedion’s next move was to Dutch club VVV Venlo on loan for the second half of the 2016-17 season. He scored once in nine matches and won another second-division league title as VVV Venlo were promoted to the Eredivisie.

The last couple of seasons has seen Gedion suffer some injury setbacks but now our man is back and ready to go with his new club Sporting Kansas City.

We couldn’t be more delighted for you Gedion, go out there and show the MLS what you’re all about. Go Be Exceptional.