Grella On Trial In England

Grella On Trial In England

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On January 21, 2009
  • 10 Comments
  • Mike Grella

Here is yet another story of a guy that is passing on MLS who just finished up college. Now former Duke forward Mike Grella passed at signing a MLS contract to look elsewhere for work. Obviously rookie salary wasn’t going to cut it for Grella (and who can blame him).

Instead he is trying to land his feet in England. Grella is on trial with Leeds United, and scored three goals in Leeds’ reserve match against Barnsley on yesterday. Leeds plays in League 1, the English third division.

Some will ask how Grella is able to play for a club in England if he hasn’t appeared for the US National team any…well it is simple, Grella holds an Italian passport. He is free to sign with the English club, and his Italian passport will allow him to sign anywhere in Europe he can secure a contract.

Toronto FC, the club who drafted Grella in last week’s MLS SuperDraft has been made aware of Grella’s situation in Europe. More than likely they drafted Grella to secure his rights for two years.

Still, it is a shame the league couldn’t sign a player like Grella but as we all know until the average rookie salary goes up from the pathetic number that it is now guys will continue to pursue this path. I hope nothing but the best for Grella though in Europe. Hopefully he can produce well and get plenty of PT.

  • ian

    hey there!<br />
    <br />
    i support leeds, and saw grella in action against barnsley. he looks a good raw player. yep we are in the 3rd tier of english football due to financial armageddon 5 years ago, but we are still one of the greats of english football and get crowds of 30,000 still. <br />
    <br />
    i reckon this guy will get a contract, we have a good record for bringing through young players, and reached the semi-finals of the european champions league 8 long years ago. we were champions of england last in 1992, liverpool have not been english champions since the 1980's!<br />
    <br />
    hopefully we are a team on the way back, and hope to see more of mike grella<br />
    <br />
    cheers mate<br />
    <br />
    ian f

  • ian

    hey there!

    i support leeds, and saw grella in action against barnsley. he looks a good raw player. yep we are in the 3rd tier of english football due to financial armageddon 5 years ago, but we are still one of the greats of english football and get crowds of 30,000 still.

    i reckon this guy will get a contract, we have a good record for bringing through young players, and reached the semi-finals of the european champions league 8 long years ago. we were champions of england last in 1992, liverpool have not been english champions since the 1980’s!

    hopefully we are a team on the way back, and hope to see more of mike grella

    cheers mate

    ian f

  • joel

    Financial Armagedon sounds like something that is happening to the US economy. I hope Grella has success and works hard. Time will tell how much talent he possesses. Toronto FC took a flier on him in the third round.

  • Financial Armagedon sounds like something that is happening to the US economy. I hope Grella has success and works hard. Time will tell how much talent he possesses. Toronto FC took a flier on him in the third round.

  • GHM

    Good for him to seek employment outside of MLS. Let's tap the brakes a bit on his recent success though. He scored for Leeds reserves so that's like the 4th tier or lower of football.

  • GHM

    Good for him to seek employment outside of MLS. Let’s tap the brakes a bit on his recent success though. He scored for Leeds reserves so that’s like the 4th tier or lower of football.

  • ian

    grella signs for leeds united<br />
    <br />
    mike grella has penned an 18 month contract today, good luck to the lad at elland road

  • ian

    grella signs for leeds united

    mike grella has penned an 18 month contract today, good luck to the lad at elland road

  • dc

    Leeds maybe in the 3rd tier of english football but the 3rd tier of English football is still more competive and fiancially lucrative to a player of grella's age were he will also recieve more exposure than in MLS!! like who watches MLS neway? the only reason anyone in Europe has heard of it is because of David beckham and he's realised what a mistake it was sign for LA… joke league with no future or history… Leeds are still one of the biggest names in European football and we will be back where we belong soon..

  • dc

    Leeds maybe in the 3rd tier of english football but the 3rd tier of English football is still more competive and fiancially lucrative to a player of grella’s age were he will also recieve more exposure than in MLS!! like who watches MLS neway? the only reason anyone in Europe has heard of it is because of David beckham and he’s realised what a mistake it was sign for LA… joke league with no future or history… Leeds are still one of the biggest names in European football and we will be back where we belong soon..