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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.