Red Bulls Lose Grella for the Season

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

By JACK BELL

Red Bulls logoAfter last week’s loss to New York City FC, Red Bulls Coach Jesse Marsch said that the club is in the market for help on offense. On Thursday, that need took on added meaning with the announcement that midfielder Mike Grella would miss the rest of the season because of knee surgery, which is scheduled for next week.

Grella, 30, who is from Glen Cove on Long Island, has played in only eight games in the 2017 Major League Soccer season after receiving treatment on his left knee, which forced him to miss time in March and April. He returned to the field on May 6 against Philadelphia, coming off the bench. In 362 minutes this season, Grella had no goals and no assists.

Grella, who played in college at Duke University, went on trial with Leeds United in England and also played for the Carolina RailHawks of the North American Soccer League, was in his third season with the Red Bulls.

In 2015 he scored nine goals and had seven assists in 30 starts as he emerged as a gritty fan favorite in Red Bull Arena. Last year he had seven goals and six assists, making 27 starts for the Red Bulls.