US Youth Soccer Standout Nears Crossroad
November 21, 2007 07:30 AM
If Duke forward Mike Grella gets the right opportunity to play professional soccer after this season, the 20-yard-old junior may end his collegiate career to achieve his goal. The US Youth Soccer standout has established quite the resume with two US Youth Soccer National Championships with Albertson Red Storm (NY) (2003-2004) and accolades with the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program.
The Duke Blue Devils dropped a 1-0 game to North Carolina in the ACC Tournament and that has put Grella near a crossroad. Leading Duke with 10 goals, 26 total points and six game-winning goals, Grella is one of the top players on the squad and knows the future could hold a professional career.
Before that decision comes, Grella and the Blue Devils will wait and see if they get a bid to the NCAA Tournament. "This season we were expected to win the NCAA tournament. But we haven't been up to par." The Blue Devils, who have won five ACC championships, including back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006, will know this week if they get into the NCAA tournament. 'If we do get in we're going to train really hard,"" he said. "The first match, whether it's home or away, we're going to be ready. We're not going to go down without a fight." Read more