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Mike Grella to Columbus, Tyrone Mears to Minnesota after Re-Entry Stage 1

A New York Red Bulls fan favorite is heading to the midwest and a former MLS Cup champion lands in Minnesota.

In Stage 1 of the 2017 MLS Re-Entry Draft, midfielder Mike Grella was selected by the Colorado Rapids while right back Tyrone Mears was picked up by Minnesota United FC. Grella was subsequently traded to Columbus Crew SC for a second-round pick in the 2019 SuperDraft.

Grella had 16 goals and 13 assists in his first two seasons with the Red Bulls before having his last season with the team in 2017 hampered by injuries, allowing him to play just 362 minutes. Mears helped the Seattle Sounders capture the 2016 MLS Cup before being traded to Atlanta United last offseason. He would go on to make 16 starts, but lost his starting right back job to Anton Walkes midseason.

Per MLS rules, all three players will have their contract options picked up and will immediately be added to the roster of their new teams.

Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Draft will be held next Thursday at 3 pm ET. Unlike Stage 1, when clubs have to pick up the contract option of any player selected, clubs that make selections in Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Draft secure the right to negotiate a new deal with drafted players.

2017 MLS Re-Entry Draft - Stage 1 Results


  Club Pick
1 LA Galaxy Pass
2 D.C. United Pass
3 Colorado Rapids Mike Grella
4 Minnesota United FC Mears, Tyrone
5 Orlando City SC Pass
6 Montreal Impact Pass
7 Philadelphia Union Pass
8 New England Revolution Pass
9 Real Salt Lake Pass
10 FC Dallas Pass
11 San Jose Earthquakes Pass
12 Sporting Kansas City Pass
13 Atlanta United Pass
14 Chicago Fire Pass
15 New York Red Bulls Pass
16 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Pass
17 Portland Timbers Pass
18 New York City FC Pass
19 Houston Dynamo Pass
20 Columbus Crew SC Pass
21 Seattle Sounders Pass
22 Toronto FC Pass
23 Los Angeles Football Club Pass


  Club Pick
1 Colorado Rapids Pass
2 Minnesota United FC Pass