He's a local kid from Long Island who had to earn his place on the roster via an extended trial during preseason, after coming home from his long, wandering stint in England's lower divisions.
But if any of that gives you the idea that Mike Grella is a basic “lunchpail”-type guy on the field, the New York Red Bulls attacker's substantial – and growing – collection of spectacular plays should set you straight very quickly.
Quite simply, Grella has turned out to be a Vine (or YouTube, depending on your preference) superstar. There was this:
And then this:
And on Sunday he added another must-see clip to his future mixtape collection with this lovely chip to guide RBNY past Portuguese powers Benfica in an international friendly at Red Bull Arena:
For all the talk about MLS clubs filling the seats with high-profile Designated Players, it's worth remembering that plenty of the domestic kids can break ankles and embarrass goalkeepers, too.