Gedion Zelalem signed for New York City FC on January 11, 2020. A former Germany and United States youth international, Gedion signed from Sporting KC after spells with Arsenal and Rangers.
2013 - 2019: Gedion joined Arsenal as a 16 year-old in 2013 and spent six seasons with the Premier League club. Zelalem made his debut in 2014 during an FA Cup win over Coventry City. He went on to make four total appearances for Arsenal’s first team including a substitute role in a UEFA Champions League match against Galatasaray. Rangers acquired Zelalem on-loan from Arsenal in 2015. The midfielder played 28 matches and had eight assists as he helped the Scottish club win promotion back to the Scottish Premiership. Zelalem was loaned to Dutch side VVV-Venlo in January of 2017, where he played nine times and once again won silverware as VVV finished in first place in the 2016-2017 Eerste Divisie.
Youth Career: Though born in Berlin, Germany, Zelalem moved to the United States and settled in the Washington D.C area. While there, he played for the Olney Rangers under the tutelage of NYCFC U-19 Head Coach Matt Pilkington.