Tyrone Mears

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RBNY’s Grella heads to Columbus (through Colorado)

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Mike Grella didn’t get to pick No. 20 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft, but that didn’t stop Columbus from getting their hands on the New York Red Bulls veteran.

Colorado selected Grella with the third overall pick, then sent him to Columbus for a second round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.

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The only other pick was made by Minnesota United, who took Tyrone Mears from Atlanta United.

Grella, 30, is a well-traveled Duke product who has played in England and Denmark. He scored 18 times with 13 assists in 89 matches for the Red Bulls, but missed most of the 2017 season with a pair of knee injuries.

It’s a good gamble for the Crew, and an extra draft pick for 2019. Second-round picks have become long odds to make MLS rosters, with Tommy McNamara and Aaron Long the last impact players to come out of the round. That was in 2014, and both needed changes of scenery before hitting their MLS strides.

MLS Snapshot: Seattle Sounders 2-1 New York Red Bulls

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One game in 100 words: Seattle Sounders would’ve like to come out of this one with three points based on their performance up to the 90 minute mark. Nevertheless, one rapid turnaround can change the outlook of the contest in a matter of seconds, and that’s exactly what materialized as the stoppage-time winner handed Seattle three points. Credit to NYRB for laying down sound defense for long stretches, but at CenturyLink Field, you can’t let up in the slightest bit against the Sounders, especially in the final minutes.

 

Goals

Seattle: Marco Pappa 69′, Chad Barrett 90′ +3′

New York: Lloyd Sam 36′

 

Three moments that mattered

36’ — Sam chases for the opener — Forward Bradley Wright-Phillips stood and awaited the free kick chance before blasting his attempt right at Seattle’s wall. Fortunately for NY, Lloyd Sam didn’t give up on the deflected ball, which skyrocketed into the air, and battled through the Sounder’s back line for the scoring header on the doorstep. Defender Brad Evans appealed for an offside call, but the referee was having none of it.

69’ — Pappa strikes to level score — The Red Bulls’ back line was bound to get caught by the Sounders in a tough situation. Obafemi Martins received the ball on the right flank and eased toward the middle of the pitch, where he had Marco Pappa calling for the ball on the left side. The Guatemalan maneuvered around Red Bulls defender Chris Duvall and near the six-yard box, rifled a shot in the upper netting at the opposite post.

90’+3’ — Barrett taps it in — Tyrone Mears collected himself on the right wing and located Clint Dempsey making the far post run. Delivering the cross on target, the USMNT’s accomplished forward sped toward the end line and managed to send the ball horizontally across the goal line with a left-footed touch. The goal was awarded to 89th-minute substitute Chad Barrett, though, appearing to knick the last tap on the shot. Nonetheless, Dempsey and Mears should receive praise for a wonderful combination.

 

Lineups

Seattle: Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins; Stefan Frei; Tyrone Mears, Brad Evans (Zach Scott 75′), Chad Marshall, Dylan Remick; Cristian Roldan (Lamar Neagle 64′), Andy Rose, Osvaldo Alonso, Marco Pappa (Chad Barrett 89′)

NY: Bradley Wright-Phillips; Luis Robles; Chris Duvall, Karl Ouimette, Damien Perrinelle, Kemar Lawrence; Lloyd Sam (Anatole Bertrand Abang 90′ +2′), Sacha Kljestan, Dax McCarty, Felipe, Mike Grella (Dane Richards 76′)