Mike Grella helped form one of the most impressive attacking midfielders in MLS history. (Photo courtesy of MLS)
Mike Grella has returned to soccer.
The former Red Bulls midfielder and the Glen Cove, N.Y. native has joined FC Cincinnati scouting and player recruitment department.
“I’m very excited to join the Scouting and Player Recruitment at FC Cincinnati,” he said on Twitter. “Honored to be involved in such an awesome club with amazing people! #fccincinnati #fcc.”
Grella, 33, retired from soccer last year.
He made his name with Forest Park in the Long Island Soccer Football League before attending Duke University. He played two seasons for the Long Island Rough Riders before traveling to England to pursue a career and then returning to the states to perform with the Red Bulls.
During his prime, Grella was one of the leading left-sided midfielders, forming one of the most impressive attacking midfields in Major League Soccer history with the Red Bulls. Grella (nine goals, seven assists) was on the left, Sacha Kljestan (eight goals, 14 assists) in the center, with Lloyd Sam (10 goals, seven assists) on the right. That game out to be an average of nine goals and nine assists per player.
For Columbus Crew SC in 2018, Grella performed in 12 games and 480 minutes, starting only five matches. He recorded a goal and an assist.
Grella was inducted into the LISFL Hall of Fame in 2018.