Long Island native Mike Grella is calling it a career.
The 32-year old from Glen Cove announced his retirement from soccer in an Instagram post. He noted that injuries over the past two season were a key factor in his decision to move on from the game he loves.
“I’m grateful for where this game has taken me and for the experiences it’s given me,” he wrote
A graduate of Glen Cove High School, Grella spent the final four years of his career in Major League Soccer. Three of those seasons were spent close to home with the New York Red Bulls, where he made 73 appearances scoring 16 goals. His final season in MLS was spent with the Columbus Crew, which declined his contract option following the 2018 season.
Going back to his high school days, Grella was a standout on the pitch. He was the 2003 and 2004 Parade Magazine High School All-American soccer Player of the Year. In 2004, he was also named the NSCAA National High School Player of the Year.
He played his college ball at Duke University and was named a First Team All-American in 2008. While in college, he also played 17 games for the Long Island Rough Riders.
Grella spent much of his professional career in Europe playing for a variety of teams including Leeds United, Brentford, Bury and Scunthorpe United.