Mike Grella will be playing with a new team in 2019. (Photo courtesy of MLS)

Columbus Crew SC announced Monday that it has declined the contract option of former Red Bulls midfielder Mike Grella for the 2019 Major League Soccer season.

Grella, 31, who missed most of the past season with a knee injury is eligible for the re-entry process, which will take place next month.

The Glen Cove, N.Y. native performed in but 12 games over 480 minutes, starting only five matches. He recorded a goal and an assist.

Grella was one of five Crew SC players who had their contracts declined, including one-time MetroStars midfielder Ricardo Clark. Columbus is in contract talks with Clark.

Columbus sporting director and head coach Gregg Berhalter, who is the front runner to be named the new U.S. national team coach very soon said that “2019 roster preparations are ongoing, and together with our returning players we look to add new talent that can execute our style of play and position the team to return to the postseason.”

The 5-11, 180-lb. Grella was inducted into the Long Island Soccer Football League Hall of Fame Nov. 16.

He made his name with Forest Park in the league before attending Duke University. He eventually travelled to England to pursue a career before returning to the states to play with the Red Bulls. He lives in his hometown.

A full MLS list of players eligible for free agency, the waiver draft and re-entry draft will be announced by the league. The MLS half-day trade window takes place between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 9 and the expansion draft is set to be held Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. ET. An hour after the draft, free agency begins.

The waiver draft is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. ET and the re-entry draft begins with Stage One on Friday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. ET. Stage Two takes place Thursday, Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. ET.