Whether your loyalties lie with a European nation, a North, South or Central American nation, or both, the last few weeks of international soccer action has been incredibly entertaining. Factor into that a full slate of MLS matches featuring your favourite club side, and summer has officially kicked off!
It’s been a little while since we’ve had the pleasure of taking in all this MLS action, and with that said, our Week 15 Total MLS Player of the Week is New York Bulls midfielder Mike Grella.
The Red Bulls welcomed a struggling Seattle Sounders squad to Red Bull Arena and were anything but gracious hosts. Our player of the week opened the scoring for the home side in the 18th minute, finding himself in the right place at the right time to put home a rebound from a curling Sacha Kljestan shot that came off the post.
Forty minutes later, Grella pounced on an awful back pass by a Seattle defender that essentially put him through 1v1 on the keeper. With one quick touch, the fearless midfielder chipped Stefan Frei from just inside the 18 yard box giving the Red Bulls a 2-0 lead. Grella came just a few feet from making it 3-0 in the 75th minute putting a curler just wide of the far post. With his first multi-goal game of the season, Grella’s performance and never-quit attitude earned him a well-deserved PoTW honour, and I’m sure it won't be his last.
Our honourable mention this week goes to the 19 year old stand out NYCFC midfielder Jack Harrison. It takes quite the performance to outshine all 3 DP’s scoring for the first time ever for New York, but young Harrison managed to do it. His incredible work ethic, not to mention his cheeky back heel to set up David Villa, deserves a shout out.