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D.C. United lands star midfielder Julian Gressel in trade with Atlanta

D.C. United on Tuesday continued spending in a major way to bolster its attack, acquiring Atlanta star Julian Gressel for $1 million in financial considerations, two people close to the trade said.

A week after signing Peruvian standout Edison Flores from Mexican club Morelia for $5 million, United added a German midfielder who recorded 15 goals and 35 assists in his first three seasons for Atlanta’s high-powered attack.

Gressel, 26, was locked in a contract dispute with the 2018 MLS Cup champions: With one year left on his original deal, he was seeking a pay raise from the $114,000 he earned last season.