There’s still a lot of ignorance outside the United States and Canada regarding the standard of growth of Major League Soccer as a league.
The problem the MLS is encountering is that, in football, once an opinion is formed it’s very hard to shake it, no matter what you do.
Sure, it has been fair to previously call the standard below-par, a retirement home for high-profile footballers and everything in between. However, those stigmas remain, despite them no longer being true.
So how would one of MLS’ biggest team, New York Red Bulls, cope across the pond in the top flight of English football?
The French centre-back is an absolute rock at the heart of the Red Bulls' defence.
Partnered alongside Ronald Zubar, a man with Premier League experience, means NYRB would have one of the meanest CB pairings in the Premier League.
One of the big problems a lot of teams struggle with in the Premier League, is creating chances; linking the midfield with the final third.
No such problems with the United States international in the ranks. 13 assists and counting so far this MLS campaign.
Every side needs their unsung hero, and Red Bulls' is MG.
Six goals and five assists so far this season, isn't much to scream about. However, Grella is the player who makes the selfless run or plays the pass before the assist.
Source: The Cup
Ridiculed back in England, but came to life in America. And is now one of the most - if not the - feared strikers in the league.
Ignorant to think that the former Charlton Athletic man couldn't do it, if given a second chance back in England.