Meara rejoins Red Bulls after NYCFC loan; not available for postseason



Ryan Meara is back with the New York Red Bulls, but don’t count on him making the 18-man roster this postseason.

The Fordham University product spent the past season on a year-long loan with cross river rivals, New York City FC. With their season in the rear view, Meara has returned to the Red Bulls.

The announcement came via the Red Bulls’ Twitter account Wednesday morning:

Meara was set to be the heir apparent to the NYCFC starting goalkeeper role heading into the 2015 season. An unfortunate injury during preseason derailed those plans and allowed Josh Saunders to assume the role. Saunders, 34, became an invaluable member of the club, saving a league best 123 shots out of a league high 188 shots on goal. Two smaller injuries during the season also held back the progress of the Red Bull loanee, who hoped to get minutes with the club down the stretch of the season.

In total, Meara played one regular season match for NYCFC allowing a single goal on six shots in a losing effort vs. Chicago at Toyota Park.

Meanwhile, Sal Zizzo, who joined the Red Bulls in exchange for Meara, has enjoyed a stellar season. He is currently the starting right fullback on the club and has played 22 matches, adding two assists.

According to MLS officials, Meara was not listed before the MLS roster freeze date by the Red Bulls, meaning he will not be allowed to participate in the postseason. However, he can freely train with the club into next season.

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  • the Realist

    To say that NYCFC got fleeced on this deal would be a great understatement.

    • Alex

      so was Sal Zizzo also loaned out to NYRB or he is ours to keep?

      • the Realist

        He is ours to keep

        • The Real insider

          Keep he sucks.

          • Smith

            he’s been okay; a serviceable back up.

  • Rip

    Meara’s lone gaffe in the Chicago match cost them the game…..but he was also the only reason it wasn’t a worse loss. He continually bailed out the defense with some stellar saves. I would have been interested to see what he could have done with more playing time.

  • Anonymous

    An injury prone goalkeeper, not really a valuable asset.

  • Ulrich

    A person can only be an “heir apparent” if they’re following another in the same role. NYCFC being an expansion team didn’t have a GK before Meera arrived on his Loan, so he wasn’t in a position to succeed anybody’s reign. Stake a claim to it, yes, heir apparent….. come on, dictionary guys.

    • the Realist


      I’m surprised at Dave.

      That’s the kind of thing that idiot Nick Chavez would say.