June 29, 2016
BACK IN THE NET
Meara to start in goal vs. Philly
By Kristian R. Dyer
BigAppleSoccer.com Contributing Editor
Ryan Meara will be up for his first start in a Red Bulls jersey since returning from his loan stint with New York City FC as the one-time rising star perhaps signaling his return to form and health with the nod for this Wednesday night.
BigAppleSoccer.com has learned that it will be Meara, the Fordham University product and native of Yonkers, n.Y.who will start for the Red Bulls against the Philadelphia Union.
It will be a strong squad ahead in front of him to face the Philadelphia Union in the Round of 16 in the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup. The Union knocked the Red Bulls out of the tournament last year.
Meara’s last start at the senior team level came on Oct. 22, 2014 in a CONCACAF Champions League match against the Montreal Impact. He was then loaned out to NYC FC in exchange for defender-midfielder Sal Zizzo last year, playing in one match in MLS play.
In 2012 as a rookie for the Red Bulls, Meara made 18 starts in what was a sensational start to his MLS career. His form was so good that the Irish Under-21 national team tracked him and he received a call-up to the squad, a request that the MLS club denied at the time.
A hip injury suffered in a match at the New England Revolution derailed his rookie season and the emergence of Luis Robles as the first-choice starter over the next few seasons made it difficult for Meara to find opportunities to start. But after several solid matches in a row with Red Bulls II in the USL, Meara is again starting with the senior team in a match that matters.