Mike Grella

New York Red Bulls

MLS Ticker: Van Damme becomes DP, Grella sidelined, and more

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The LA Galaxy entered Wednesday with one vacant Designated Player slot, and they endedup filling it with one of their own.

The Galaxy announced on Wednesday that signed centerback Jelle Van Damme to a contract extension that made him a DP.

Red Bulls' Mike Grella breaks scoring drought in time for playoffs

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Mike Grella couldn't have picked a better time to end his scoring drought.

With the playoffs around the corner, Grella, who had not netted a goal since his brace against the Seattle Sounders on June 19th, finally scored a goal during the New York Red Bulls' 2-2 victory Sunday afternoon against the Columbus Crew.

Red Bulls outlast Crew behind Wright-Phillips brace

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It came down to some scary moments at the end for the New York Red Bulls, but the reigning Supporters' Shield champions managed to hold on Sunday afternoon at Red Bull Arena.

A trio ofsecond-half finishes from the hosts gave the Red Bulls a 3-2 win over the Columbus Crew, all but locking up the top spot in the Eastern Conference for Jesse Marsch's side.

Red Bulls recovering at right time as playoffs loom

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The New York Red Bulls have battled through a series of injuries during the 2016 season, but that hasn't stopped them from challenging for first place in the MLS Eastern Conference. Now, with several previously-injured players set to return from injury, the Red Bulls are getting healthy at just the right time, with the playoffs around the corner.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Mike Grella

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Sunday's win against the Seattle Sounders wasn't the most attractive performance from the New York Red Bulls, but a gritty effort from one of the team's attackers ensured the three points.

Mike Grellaprovided the Red Bulls with a pair of finishes against the Sounders, earning the midfielder honors as SBI MLS Player of the Week.

Sounders at New York Red Bulls, recap: Mike Grella's brace destroys plan

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Seattle loses 2-nil in a match where for the first sixty minutes they dominated all facets that aren't a goal.

With New York Red Bulls playing a high-press throughout the night there was the opportunity for the Seattle Sounders to get out on the counter. They did well, for the first 55 minutes or so.

Davies Fined For Dustup With RBNY's Mike Grella

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A seemingly minor shoving match that saw two yellow cards last Friday now gets a third player fined.

Late in last Friday's 1-0 win against the New York Red Bulls, Mike Grella took offense to Teal Bunbury and Charlie Davies preventing him from delaying a restart. Grella and Bunbury were both cautioned on the play by referee Mark Geiger.

RBNY vs Philadelphia Union: Almost There!

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That shiny Silver Plate is almost ours, once again, after a complete destruction of the hapless, Nicky Sack built, Philadelphia Union. A 4-1 victory that clinches first place in the Eastern Conference and gives us a berth in the 2016-1017 Concacaf Champions League. Just a beautiful day to be a Red Bull NY Supporter.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Mike Grella

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RBNY vs Chicago Fire : Doused!

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Wot a match mates! A massive, massive RBNY comeback win, after being 2-nil in-the-hole early, and a massive 3 points towards our Supporter's Shield challenge. The massive belief & resilience of "Jesse Marsch's Red Army" was on full display today

A soft penalty, then a David Accam ankle breaking goal run, and it seemed like the Red Bulls were well underway to losing to the worst team in the League.

RBNY vs Quakes : Marsch-ing On!

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Another victory @The Cathedral of Football and still undefeated! Say it with me: This Is An Energy Drink!!! The High-Energy offense that Jesse Marsch has implemented has this "no-name bunch" flying. The DCU scum tied their game on Saturday, so the mighty New York Red Bulls are Top of The East mates - and with a game in hand.

Philadelphia Union

US Open Cup postgame: Union 2-1 NYRB

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Mike and Kevin's postgame wrap. Transcript and video of Jim Curtin's postgame press conference and remarks from Chris Pontius, Andre Blake, and Warren Creavalle. More.

“A good first day”: Notes from opening of Union’s preseason, BSFC schedule to be released today, more

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Union preseason underway. Inaugural Bethlehem Steel schedule due out today. Crew signs Casey. Zac Colorado's No. 1. More news.

Union face NYRB today in USOC quarters, Pfeffer selected, Nowak lawsuit dismissed, more

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Roster questions for the Union ahead of today's US Open Cup game. Pfeffer named to Homgrown Player team. Nowak lawsuit thrownout. FIFA news. More.

Seattle Sounders

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United links for May 21, 2013

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Happy Tuesday, ladies and gentlemen. D.C. United didn't lose last weekend. I wanted to remind everyone, just in case you forgot. We didn't lose. Hooray for not losing. Here are some things to read.

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I recommend not looking up Mike Grella's scoring record.

Tuesday Kickoff: UEFA agrees to cut fixture dates, Gomez set to start and more

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European clubs and UEFA have come to an agreement that would alter the international calendar significantly.

Under the new agreement, which has yet to be approved by FIFA, the number of international matches would be reduced from 12 a year to an average of nine per year over the course of a two-year period.

Frank Simek

Americans Abroad: Monday Rewind

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By DAN KARELL

There was a larger-than-usual contingent of Americans Abroad in action this Monday, as the English League Championship and leagues in Denmark, Belgium, Norway, and Germany all had matches throughout the day.

In Norway, Mix Diskerud helped his case for a potential national team call-up this summer, scoring in the 53rd minute of his side Rosenberg's 4-0 win over Brann.

Recap: Weekend English action

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Frank Simek and Carlisle United went down big to Notts County, while Mike Grella and Scunthorpe United salvaged a draw against Brentford.

Preview: Weekend English action

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The international date puts England's club soccer spotlight on the lower leagues, as Mike Grella and Scunthorpe host Brentford, and Frank Simek's Carlisle United takes on Notts County.

Recap: Weekend English action

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Mike Grella and Scunthorpe United notched their first point of the season in their draw with Sheffield United, while Frank Simek and Carlisle United were victorious over Hartlepool United.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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The UEFA Champions League group stage is within reach for two Americans, but their teams will need to overcome first-leg deficits if they are to maintain hopes of competing on Europe's biggest stage and join the likes of Americans Jermaine Jones and Michael Parkhurst in the tournament field.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Rangers' hopes of winning the league for a fourth consecutive season are all but over, but that likely won't stop this weekend's match against first-place Celtic from being as fervent as usual.

Rangers host Celtic on Sunday in a game that should still be intense despite Celtic's 21-point lead in the league.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Puebla beware. Herculez Gomez is starting to get hot again.

Just as he has done so often in the past couple of years, Gomez is starting to put together a scoring run. He has found the back of the net three times for Santos Laguna in the past week-and-a-half, and will look to add to that this weekend when DaMarcus Beasley and Puebla come into town.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The winter transfer window closed this past Tuesday, and a pair of Americans who secured moves during it will be looking to make their debuts this weekend.

George John and Robbie Rogers could make their first appearances abroad for West Ham United and Leeds United, respectively, as the Championship gets back into a full weekend swing.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The German Bundesliga kicks back into full gear this weekend, and with it could come a direct head-to-head duel between a pair of U.S. men's national team players.

Steve Cherundolo and Fabian Johnson could do battle when Hannover 96 and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim resume their Bundesliga campaigns on Saturday.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If Brad Guzan retains his spot in Aston Villa's starting lineup this weekend, we are in for a treat.

Guzan and the Villans host Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and Everton on Saturday in arguably the biggest match-up involving Americans this weekend.

Scunthorpe United

Preview: Weekend English action

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Mike Grella looks to put Scunthorpe United in the win column for the first time this season against Sheffield United, while Robber Rogers and Stevenage take on Coventry City in League One play.

Americans Abroad: Tuesday Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht were on the verge of ending their UEFA Champions League campaign before it ever really got started, but two goals in the final nine minutes of their second leg against AEL changed that.

Anderlecht punched their ticket to the group stage of the Champions League, earning a 3-2 aggregate victory after defeating the Cyprus club, 2-0, at home in the final play-off round on Tuesday.

Recap: Midweek English action

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In a busy Championship Tuesday, Mike Grella found the back of the net in a losing effort for Scunthorpe United, while Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City remain winless as they lost to Sheffield Wednesday.

Americans Abroad: Bedoya's Helsingborg faces climb, Grella scores again and more

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If Alejandro Bedoya and Helsingborg are to reach the UEFA Champions League group stage, they'll need to pull off an inspired road performance.

The Swedish champions conceded a second-minute goal to Kris Commons that set the tone for Celtic's 2-0 victory in the first leg of their final qualifying round tie, one that happened on Helsingborg's home ground.

Wednesday Kickoff: Muamba retires, Grella scores in Capital One Cup & more

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That Fabrice Muamba is alive is a miracle in itself, considering that his heart stopped for 78 minutes after he collapsed during a match against Tottenham in March. The Muamba miracle will not, however, include a return to the playing field.

Muamba announced his retirement from professional soccer Wednesday, citing a recent visit with a cardiologist that dissuaded him from attempting to continue his career.

Mid-Day Ticker: Mancini signs new deal, Grella signs with Scunthopre, & more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Roberto Mancini helped give Manchester City the ultimate reward in English soccer this past season by helping them lift the Premier League title.

Now, they are rewarding him.

Mancini signed a five-year deal worth an estimated $38.7 million with the wealthy club on Monday, meaning the Italian's contract runs through the 2016-2017 season.

England

Grella's Euro trip continues

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Mike Grella has resurfaced as the 25 year old striker from Glen Clove, New York has once again decided that England is the place to be as he continues his voyage in the Football League of England.

Because when the sun shines, we'll shine togethah...

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Bury forward Mike Grella-ella-ella hit the opener to put the home side up and they now lead 3-1 after the break. Of course, we never know how long these League One clips will take...- Greg Seltzer

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If there was an award for the best goal scored in a season by an American Abroad, Jozy Altidore's latest strike would surely be up for contention.

Altidore scored his 14th league goal and 18th across all competitions on Saturday when he rocketed a shot from distance in AZ Alkmaar's match against PSV Eindhoven.

Americans Abroad: Monday Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Clint Dempsey just cannot and will not stop scoring.

Just as Fulham looked set for defeat against Chelsea in their Monday match-up, Dempsey headed home the equalizer to give Fulham a 1-1 draw. The goal was Dempsey's third in his last two games and gives him 22 across all competitions this season.

Rogers agrees to join Leeds United

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Robbie Rogers made it no secret that he wanted to play abroad once his MLS contract expired at the end of last season.

It appears his wish has been granted.

Rogers has agreed to join Championship club Leeds United, subject to him securing a work permit.

The Rest

Shuttleworth Shuts the Door on New York

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. The list of impressive games for Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth continues to grow after a strong performance against New York Red Bulls on Friday.

Shuttleworth collected his second five-save performance of the early season as New England picked up its first win of 2016, 1-0, over their Eastern Conference rivals.

CBS Philly: Union to acquire Nantes striker on loan, IMG tourney play begins today, more news

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Report says Fernando Aristeguieta to join Union on loan from Nantes. IMG tournament play begins today against Costa Rica U-23s. League and USNTs news. More.