Mike Grella - New York Red Bulls - celebrating a goal solo
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Mike Grella shares his long, winding soccer journey in The Players' Tribune

New York Red Bulls forward Mike Grella writes about his love of the game – and particularly of scoring goals – in a piece published in The Players’ Tribune this week.

Ahead of this afternoon's New York Derby (1:30 pm ET | FOX, MLS LIVE in Canada), Grella covers his entire life, from being a young boy watching Serie A with his father on Long Island, to his search for a home in an immersive soccer culture in England’s lower divisions.

Perhaps most pointedly, he speaks of his return to the States, finding a home with the Red Bulls and his amazement at the growth of the game in MLS stadiums across the country.

If you’ve got a few minutes before kick off, be sure to check it out.