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A Duke in England

We told you last week that Duke forward Mike Grella, who turned down MLS's contract offers after scoring 14 goals this past college season, was on trial at Leeds United. Today Grella registered a hat trick in a reserve match for Leeds, which has slipped to the third tier of English soccer after winning the top level as recently as 1992. As expected, an MLS team (Toronto) took a chance on him and secured his league rights through 2010 by selecting Grella in the third round of the draft.

By Steve Goff  |  January 20, 2009; 9:07 PM ET
Categories:  College Soccer , England , MLS  
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Interesting, two of the kids goals were described as "lobs."

Posted by: edgeonyou | January 20, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Leeds sucks. Good luck to Grella, but passing over MLS for 3rd flight soccer in England is ridiculous. Leeds was once a top flight club, but since then there has been bankruptcy and shame, and they're still not out of the woods yet.

Posted by: Eugene7 | January 20, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

I think, like most people who leave college, that the size of the wage packet matters.

If you can do better financially, I say knock yourself out.

Posted by: JkR- | January 20, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

As a former James Madison Duke, I was more than a little excited at the title.

Shouldn't it read 'A Blue Devil in England'?

Posted by: Josh8 | January 21, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Duke, as in the English monarcy. Blue Devil doesn't work with England. Sorry for confusion ;-)

Posted by: Steve Goff | January 21, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

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