Goal-shy former Leeds United striker Mike Grella nets second goal in fourth game for New York Red Bulls

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The American striker struggled to find the net on a regular basis fort Leeds.

During his three years at Leeds United striker Mike Grella never really amassed a reputation as a potent goalscorer. The American, who joined in 2009 from Carolina RailHawks, only ever scored one league goal for Leeds, although had better luck in the cup competitions, scoring four times in the FA Cup and League Cup in 11 appearances. Overall he netted just five goals in 42 appearances for Leeds.

Eventually he left Leeds and went to have a disappointing stint with Brentford, a goalscoring frolic with Bury and one disappointing season with Scunthorpe United before leaving English football.

After time in Denmark with Viborg he headed back to America, playing in the NASL, before getting a move to MLS in February. He joined the New York Red Bulls and has so far looked a hit with his new club.

Last night he scored the second goal as the Red Bulls overcame San Jose Earthquakes. He tapped in at the far post after a great left-foot cross from former Charlton Athletic winger Lloyd Sam.

The goal was Grella's second goal in four games for his new club, and for a player who once suffered a 21 month goal drought, that is not a bad return.

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