Ryan Meara will not be joining Ireland under-21 squad as New York Red Bulls intervene

The goalkeeper was drafted into Noel King's plans on Monday but the MLS side have made it known that the 21-year-old's priority lies in club action
Ryan Meara will not be joining the Ireland under-21 squad for the upcoming matches against Denmark and Italy after his club, New York Red Bulls, turned down the Irish request to make the goalkeeper available for selection.

Noel King, manager of the U21 team, called Yonkers-born Meara into his squad on Monday after revealing that Ireland had been tracking the 21-year-old's progress for three months.

However, despite the call, Meara will not be making the transatlantic trip for the Denmark friendly and the Uefa Under-21 European Championship qualifier against the Italians.

Meara, who qualifies to play for Ireland through his grandparents, told mlssoccer.com: “I got called in for the U21s, but the Red Bulls would rather me stay here and focus on continuing to win games here.

“My main focus is here as well. We have a great team and I think the goal is the MLS Cup, so that’s all I’m focusing on.”

MLS matches are not scheduled to be played between the dates of the international games but Fifa rules do not require teams to release players for underage tournaments, meaning the Red Bulls are within their rights to retain the 6'4 rookie.

“Any player wants to push themselves and see how far they can go," he said on Tuesday. "It’s an honor to be considered for Ireland, but like I said, right now, I am focused on what’s going on here with the Red Bulls.”

Meara has played eight matches for New York in MLS this season and kept his first clean sheet during last weekend's victory over New England Revolution. He is due to face Robbie Keane's LA Galaxy this weekend.

Despite the call from Ireland, Meara was tight-lipped on his willingness to represent the land of his birth.

When asked whether he considered an international future with USA, he said: “Every player wants to play international soccer. But for me, I’ll cross that bridge when that comes.”