Ryan Meara Signs Multi-Year Deal with Red Bulls

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ANTHONY J. MERCED

The New York Red Bulls have re-signed goalkeeper Ryan Meara to a multi-year contract that will keep the third longest tenured player on the team in red and white.

Meara came off a complete season where he was the team captain of NYRB II, leading them to their first USL Championship.

Ryan Meara was a 2012 MLS Superdraft pick by New York and started 18 games for the team in that same year before falling to injury. His replacement, Luis Robles, has not surrendered the starting position since and even matched the team record for most appearances. Meara’s career was in flux for 2013 and 2014, making zero MLS appearances. However, he did compete in the CONCACAF Champions League and US Open Cup. In 2015 Meara was loaned to NYCFC where he made just one MLS start but was again sidelined due to injury.

Meara’s most accomplished season to this point has been 2016 where he made 21 appearances for New York Red Bull II, allowing only 16 goals throughout the campaign. Along with the team’s stellar defense, NYRB II broke records for most shutouts and fewest goals allowed on their way to a USL Championship. Whether he remains with the USL side in 2017 remains to be seen but given his success with the reserve side, he may also get more looks in the MLS season should Robles stumble at any point.

New York Red Bulls season will start early in 2017 as the team competes in the knockout stages of the CONCACAF Champions League in February.

Ryan Meara
Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 6’4
Weight: 185 pounds
Date of birth: November 15, 1990
Hometown: Crestwood, N.Y.
Citizenship: United States
Status: Domestic
Previous club: New York Red Bulls
How acquired: Signed to an MLS contract on December 12, 2016

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