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Mike Grella, Tyrone Mears selected during Stage 1 of MLS Re-Entry Draft

After Colorado chooses Grella, midfielder traded to Columbus;
Minnesota picks 2016 MLS Cup winner Mears, who spent 2017 with Atlanta
 
NEW YORK (Friday, December 15, 2017) – Midfielder Mike Grella and defender Tyrone Mears were selected by the Colorado Rapids and Minnesota United FC, respectively, during Stage 1 of the 2017 MLS Re-Entry Draft on Friday.
 
After the LA Galaxy and D.C. United passed on their first-round picks, the Rapids chose former New York Red Bulls midfielder Grella. Shortly after the Re-Entry Draft, Colorado then traded Grella to Columbus Crew SC for a natural 2019 second-round MLS SuperDraft pick. In his three seasons with the Red Bulls, Grella recorded 16 goals and 13 assists in 73 games. Grella’s 2017 campaign was cut short because of an early-season knee injury.
 
Second-year club Minnesota United FC then selected 2016 MLS Cup winner Mears, who spent the 2017 season with expansion Atlanta United. Mears had a goal and assist with Atlanta in 20 games. In his previous two seasons with Seattle Sounders FC, Mears recorded five assists and a goal in 65 games – all starts – and was a member of the 2016 championship side.
 
Players not selected Friday are eligible for Stage 2 of the draft, which takes place at 2 p.m. ET on Thursday, Dec. 21. Clubs have until 9 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Dec. 20, to sign their own Re-Entry eligible players.
 
A player may choose to opt out of the Re-Entry Process prior to Stage 2 of the draft. In such instances, the Right of First Refusal for the player will remain with his previous club. Players who remain unselected after Stage 2 will be available to any MLS club on a first-come, first-served basis.
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PLAYERS SELECTED IN 2017 MLS RE-ENTRY DRAFT
Rd 1
Player
Team
Former Team
1
PASS
LA Galaxy
 
2
PASS
D.C. United
 
3
Mike Grella, M (traded to CLB)
Colorado Rapids
New York Red Bulls
4
Tyrone Mears, D
Minnesota United FC
Atlanta United
5
PASS
Orlando City SC
 
6
PASS
Montreal Impact
 
7
PASS
Philadelphia Union
 
8
PASS
New England Revolution
 
9
PASS
Real Salt Lake
 
10
PASS
FC Dallas
 
11
PASS
San Jose Earthquakes
 
12
PASS
Sporting Kansas City
 
13
PASS
Atlanta United
 
14
PASS
Chicago Fire
 
15
PASS
New York Red Bulls
 
16
PASS
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
 
17
PASS
Portland Timbers
 
18
PASS
New York City FC
 
19
PASS
Houston Dynamo
 
20
PASS
Columbus Crew SC
 
21
PASS
Seattle Sounders FC
 
22
PASS
Toronto FC
 
23
PASS
Los Angeles Football Club
 
Rd 2
Player
Team
Former Team
24
PASS
Colorado Rapids
 
25
PASS
Minnesota United FC
 
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