Report: Ex-Leeds forward Mike Grella trialing in MLS

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Former Leeds and Brentford forward Mike Grella is attempting to revive his career back home with the New York Red Bulls.

Former Leeds United forward Mike Grella is trailing with the New York Red Bulls ahead of the 2015 MLS season, according to local outlet

Grella, 28, spent last season in the US second-tier with the Carolina RailHawks after returning to the States from Europe, scoring two goals in seven NASL appearances.

The New York-native has now joined up with the Red Bulls for preseason, as he attempts to impress the coaching staff enough to earn a spot on the roster for the coming campaign.

A well-regarded prospect at the college level with Duke, Grella shunned the chance to start his pro career in MLS in 2009 in favour of exploring European opportunities through his Italian passport.

Joining Leeds soon after following a successful trial, the American attacker showed some promise during his first 18 months at the club, but later found himself loaned out to Carlisle United and Swindon Town during the 2010-11 campaign after struggling to break into the line-up.

Leaving Elland Road in August 2011 after five goals in 40 total appearances, he would go on to have indifferent spells at Brentford, Bury, Scunthorpe United and Danish side Viborg FF, before moving back across the Atlantic in April 2014.

Once thought of as a potential US international, Grella no doubt as some talent, but his recent track record suggests he’ll face a fight to make the Red Bulls roster over the coming weeks.

However, after fellow front man Bradley Wright-Phillips equalled the league’s all-time single-season scoring record in 2014 with 27 goals, perhaps the club could help revive another stuttering career.

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