Red Bulls Sign Meara To New Contract

Ryan Meara
Ryan Meara will back back with the Red Bulls. Photo: New York Red Bulls
Ryan Meara
Ryan Meara will back back with the Red Bulls. Photo: New York Red Bulls

The New York Red Bulls have re-signed goalkeeper Ryan Meara to a Major League Soccer contract. The third-longest tenured player on the current roster, the Crestwood, N.Y.-native signed a new multi-year deal after his contract expired at the end of 2016.

Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Meara appeared in 21 regular season games on loan with NYRB II in 2016, allowing 16 goals as part of a record-setting year for the USL affiliate. He also played every minute of the playoffs, and made crucial saves on penalty kicks during the conference semifinal and conference final rounds to help NYRB II win its first USL Championship.

He also appeared in Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League matches last season, posting a shutout in a 3-0 group stage win over Antigua GFC that proved crucial to New York’s advancing to the tournament’s quarterfinals for the first time.

New York selected Meara in the second round of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. He started 18 MLS games as a rookie before injury ended his season.

In other roster moves, Aaron Long returned to New York Red Bulls II at the end of the 2016 season, following the conclusion of his loan to the first team. Omer Damari returned to RB Leipzig following the conclusion of his loan and forward Anatole Abang remains on loan. 

Five players from the New York Red Bulls had contracts expire at the end of 2016: Damien Perrinelle, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Ryan Meara, Kyle Reynish and Aurelien Collin.