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New York re-signs promising goalkeeper Ryan Meara

Dec 18, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT

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Injuries are always a bummer, of course.  But look at what a summer injury took away from Ryan Meara.

He was enjoying an excellent season at Red Bull Arena, probably headed toward a Rookie of the Year award.

From his first moments in Red Bulls goal, the Larry Bird doppelganger looked like anything but a rookie (and an unknown rookie at that).

Coming out of Fordham – hardly a known producer of soccer talent – no one could have seen the season Meara began building last March. Usually looking composed, Meara posted a 9-5-4 record in 18 starts and set a rookie record for consecutive scoreless minutes, 321 from April 28 to May 19 during a five-game winning streak.

His season ended in August, however, due to a hip injury.

The club rewarded their young goalkeeper with a new contract Tuesday; details were not released.

He could still have competition; the club needed some time to settle in with Luis Robles, but the former national team prospect performed well down the stretch for New York.

  1. mvktr2 - Dec 19, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    The Larry Bird lookalike can play!

  2. marcdaarg - Dec 19, 2012 at 7:02 AM

    “For South American teams it’s a chance to “play with the big boys,” to remind everyone that Europe may be where the money is in the global game, but they play some pretty decent soccer in South America, too, of course.”

    PRICELESS COMMENT!

    Yeah, Brazil has only 5 WORLD CUP titles (world record). England has 1, France has 1, Germany has 3.
    Yeah, I guess they play “pretty decent soccer” in South America. LOL!

    Obama, please forbid American from talking about football! PLEASE! We need some new legislation concerning this.

    • joeyt360 - Dec 19, 2012 at 6:15 PM

      I assume the “oops! wrong thread” comment coming from you will be even more priceless.

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