Ryan Meara, the Fordham graduate who started 18 games for the New York Red Bulls last season before being sidelined by season-ending hip surgery, will return to the Red Bulls next season. The team announced Tuesday that Meara has signed a new contract.
"Ryan, a local boy, has impressed our coaching staff and has the potential to be a top goalkeeper," said Red Bulls Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh. "He is recovering well from his injury problem and should be fully fit to join the first team squad in preseason training. We are delighted to sign him on a new contract."
Meara was an early contender for MLS Rookie of the Year before being injured. He surrendered 1.50 goals per game in his 18 starts, compiling a 9-5-4 record. The Yonkers, NY native set the shutout record earlier this year for a rookie goalkeeper, not conceding a goal in 321 minutes while helping the Red Bulls to a five-match winning streak.