Red Bulls sign goalkeeper Meara to new contract

The Irish-American goalkeeper was a standout performer before having his rookie season cut short by injuries.
Goalkeeper Ryan Meara has signed a new contract with the New York Red Bulls, the club announced on Tuesday.

A Yonkers, N.Y. native, the 22-year-old Meara was a top contender for MLS Rookie of the Year honors until a hip injury derailed his first season out of Fordham University. He earned the starting job at the start of last season, starting 18 games and at one point keeping an MLS rookie record shutout streak of 321 minutes.

Meara, who has U.S. and Irish citizenship and drew attention from the Ireland U-21 national team earlier this year, underwent season-ending hip surgery in August. He figures to battle with Luis Robles for starting minutes in 2013. According to MLS Players Union documents, Meara made the rookie minimum $33,750 last season. Terms of his new deal were not disclosed.

"Ryan, a local boy, has impressed our coaching staff and has the potential to be a top goalkeeper," Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh said in a team release. "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."

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