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Americans In The UK: Mike Grella Opens Account, Helps Set Record

By Matthew Braine

New York native Mike Grella opened his English scoring account on September 5, helping Leeds defeat Stockport County 2-0. The striker, in his first league start, needed just nine minutes to give Leeds a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Bradley Johnson fed the 22-year-old a short pass inside the box where he easily curled a shot into the corner of the net. Leeds grabbed a second goal in the 37th minute when defender Lubomir Michalik scored from six yards out. The home side nearly added a third later on, but Robert Snodgrass’ spot kick was saved.  

The win for Leeds was record-breaking as it was their 14th straight home league victory. That streak last occurred in 1969. Furthermore, Leeds recorded their eighth straight victory from the start of season, another club record. Although Leeds drew 0-0 at Southend United on Saturday, snapping the latter streak, the first one remains alive.

Grella, the former Duke University standout, got the start last week due to team injuries, but could see further starts as the season progresses. He’s clearly being used as a bench sparkplug right now, but if his outing against Stockport says anything, starting the young fellow might not be a bad option. His league starts to goals ratio currently stands at 1:1. Not too shabby at all.


Tim Howard, Everton
vs. Fulham, 2-1, (90 minutes, 2 goals conceded, 6 saves)

Everton added to their disappointing Premier League season on Sunday, dropping a 2-1 defeat at Craven Cottage. Things looked good early with Tim Cahill giving the visitors the lead with a slick header, however, a 57th minute deflected strike from Paul Konchesky evened up the score. Howard could hardly be held responsible as the ball awkwardly came off defender Sylvain Distin. Finally, in the 79th minute, new signee Damien Duff unleashed a vicious strike that blew right past Howard and into the net for the winner. Everton have now dropped three of their first four EPL contests which isn’t that out of the ordinary. Last year, the Merseyside outfit dropped four of their first six league matches.
Up Next: Thursday, home to AEK Athens (Europa) and Sunday, home to Blackburn.

Anton Peterlin and Cody Arnoux, Everton.
vs. Manchester City Reserves, 1-4, (Arnoux played 45 minutes, Peterlin DNP)